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Dredging of 53.26 km of river channels in Hooghly almost complete

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The decade-long wait for around 10 lakh people residing in low-lying areas in the Arambagh and Khanakul areas of Hooghly district to avoid flood-like situations during the rainy season will soon come to an end, as the state government is completing the dredging of around 53.26 km of major river channels in the area.

The dredging of Kana Dwarakeswar, Kana Mundeshwari, Moloypur, Kata and Bhomrakhaland Arora Canals, being dug as part of the Arambagh Master Plan (Phase I) at a cost of Rs 39.71 crore, will result in increasing their depths.

“There were some places where there was no problem with the embankments. At such places, the excavated soil was dumped at far off places so that it does not flow back to the river channels during rainfall”, said a senior official of the Irrigation and Waterways Department, adding that the project had started in November 2019.

“The set deadline is March 2021 but we have completed the main work before the 2020 monsoon itself”, the official said.

Source: Free Voice India

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