News Desk: Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday announced that Dhemaji’s Poba Reserve Forest would be upgraded to a wildlife sanctuary. The CM of Assam gave this statement during a meeting held at Jonai SDO (Civil) office.
The Poba Reserve Forest is the vital biodiversity hotspot in Dhemaji. Poba was declared as a Forest Reserve in 1924. The 10,522 hectares Forest Reserve is home to a large number of flora and fauns.
In the meeting, Sonowal reviewed the flood situation of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, and Majuli apart from Jonai and took stock of the progress of various schemes implemented by the Water Resource Department. He directed the department to expedite the embankment repairing works to provide protection to the people in those districts from floods. The department was directed to prevent floods caused by Suwansiri, Dikrong Rivers at Jamuguri, stop the damage caused at Kenmili embankment in Majuli and floods caused by Siyang River at Jonai among others.
The Chief Minister also stressed on the need to dredge the Brahmaputra River as its water carrying capacity has reduced over the years due to loss of depth and said the Water Resource Department would soon start dredging work.
He also suggested that strengthening the river management in neighboring states would also help in preventing floods effectively in Assam and he urged the engineers of the Water Resource Department to bring innovation and newer technologies to flood management mechanisms in the state.
Sonowal appreciated the action taken by Water Resource Department officials to repair the damaged 150-meter portion of the embankment at Bordham under the Sisibor Revenue Circle in Dhemaji as the timely work saved the people of the area from the devastation of the flood.
The Chief Minister also visited the Outer Jonai and Bera Sapori areas in Jonai and took stock of the devastation caused by flood while interacting with the inmates of a flood relief camp there.
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