Amit Shah Chairs high-level meeting to combat flood

Union Home Minister Amit Shah proposes 50 ponds in North-East to divert Brahmaputra water, combat flooding, and advance agriculture. Read more...
Amit Shah Chairs high-level meeting to combat flood

According to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, at least 50 sizable ponds should be built in the North-East to divert Brahmaputra water in order to combat flooding and advance irrigation, tourism, and agriculture. Shah stressed the importance of making the best use of satellite images provided by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for flood and water management while presiding over a review conference on preparedness for flood management during the monsoon. In addition, he assessed the state of the plans for handling the Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF).

Shah stated that in order to improve flood control, efforts should be made to modernize the river water level forecasting system. According to an official release, he stated that at least 50 sizable ponds should be built in the northeast in order to redirect and store Brahmaputra water. He continued, "This will help tackle floods and help develop agriculture, irrigation, and tourism in those areas at a low cost, eventually benefiting the local economy."

The Brahmaputra's yearly flooding, which destroys thousands of hectares of land and takes many lives, is a serious problem for Assam and the north-eastern area. In the past few years, the glacial lake outburst has caused flash floods that have killed numerous people, left hundreds homeless, and severed communication lines and road networks in Sikkim and Uttarakhand. This has become a big concern for the government during the monsoon season. According to the home minister, a natural drainage system ought to be incorporated into road development plans to address inundation during floods. According to Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading India's disaster management efforts with a "zero casualty approach."

 About this meeting he wrote in his X handle, “Chaired a high-level meeting today to review flood preparedness in the country. Issued instructions to install state-of-the-art flood monitoring systems and to take measures to fight forest fires. Also, asked the NDMA and the Ministry of Jal Shakti to study the floods in Sikkim and Manipur and submit a detailed report.”