Nitish Kumar demands decommissioning of Farakka barrier
Nitish Kumar also said that during the previous UPA government, the state had apprised the then Water Resoures Minister Pawan Bansal about the situation at the barrage and showed him how it was causing trouble to Bihar and other states
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asked the Centre to decommission the Farakka barrage, saying it has no utility and causes floods in the state.
He also expressed his dissent over the construction of a reservoir at Buxar and Allahabad-Haldia waterway.
"We had made the demand to decommission Farakka barrage in West Bengal to the previous UPA government. I told this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi also that the Farakka dam is causing heavy siltation in river Ganga which is a major reason for heavy floods every year in Bihar," NDTV quoted as Kumar saying.
"Many experts have also pointed out the disadvantages from Farakka dam and its original engineer from West Bengal involved in the construction of the barrage had opposed it and was forced to leave the job," the Janata Dal (U) chief said in order to stress his argument.
"I have made the demand against Farraka barrage at every platform as its a leading cause for deposit of silt in Ganga river and also hampering flow of the mighty river," Kumar said after a "Lok Samvad" (public dialogue) program.
Nitish Kumar also said that during the previous UPA government, the state had apprised the then Water Resources Minister Pawan Bansal about the situation at the barrage and showed him how it was causing trouble to Bihar and other states.
"During flood last year when PM Narendra Modi had talked to me I had told him about disadvantages accruing from Farraka dam and during a meeting with him explained this in detail also," Kumar said.
With the state Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan on the stage, the JD(U) chief said the barrage has been the genesis of floods every year in the state.
"There is no benefit from Farakka dam...get a study done on it," Kumar said.
When asked about West Bengal's stand on the issue, the CM said that the state is also affected by the dam but "I do not focus on what others say or is doing on this, since Bihar is affected by it grossly we are protesting against the barrage".
He also protested the proposed construction of reservoir at Buxar en route Allahabad-Haldia national waterways number I.