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Farakka barrage inauspicious, a curse for Bihar, say experts


PATNA: Experts have sought for dismantling of Farakka barrage saying it is “inauspicious” for Bihar which faces floods every year.

“Farakka is an inauspicious for Bihar, it is a curse which needs to be removed. Unless and until we remove, we can’t move forwards,” news agency PTI quoted Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh as saying at an international seminar on “Incessant Ganga” organized by the state water resources department.

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Singh, more popular as “waterman”, said apart from the technological and engineering aspects of the barrage which have already been discussed much, several other aspect such as environmental, cultural, natural and spiritual also need to be discussed.

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Another expert Himanshu Thakkar too made similar observation, seeking review of the barrage which, according to him has failed to fulfill any of the purposes.

Yesterday Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar while speaking at the seminar had sought for decommissioning of the barrage, blaming it for heavy deposit of silt in the river Ganga.

“Deposit of heavy silt in Ganga has wreaked havoc in Bihar. Even little rains flood the river which means flooding in parts of Bihar,” Kumar observed, adding floodwaters engulfed many areas of Bihar last year that were considered out of bounds.

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