Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bihar govt's negligent attitude responsible for floods: Minister

Press Trust Of India /
New Delhi
September 03, 2008,
18:44 IST

Senior RJD leader and Union Minister of State for Water Resources Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav today accused the Bihar government of massive flood in the state by being "totally negligent" in taking preventive measures.

Yadav alleged that Bihar State Water Resources Department, till August 17, kept on giving reports from the flood control cell that all the embankments under its jurisdiction were safe.
However, when a breach in the east Kosi embankment at Kusaha in Nepal occurred on August 18, Yadav said, the Bihar Government came up with a report that erosions were taking place at the Kosi dam in Upper Nepal on Bahothan embankment for the past several days.

According to Yadav, the report also said regional engineers had been continuously working to make it safe but some anti-social elements forced out the labourers working to protect the embankment and consequently pressure increased at the embankment.

Yadav said the government further stated in its August 18 report that the flood control team could not reach to control the situation at the spot following a law and order problem created by Nepalese and the local administration's failure in containing it.

"This is how the government played with its own report to steer clear of its responsibility. This is not a heresay disclosure but facts based on documents," Yadav said showing the copies of the Bihar Government reports to the reporters.

He said it has been notified that how and when work has to be started and completed in Kosi area.