KOLKATA: As the flood Situation is creating destruction in Bihar, the Farakka Barrage in West Bengal could turn into a bone of conflict between the CM’s of the two neighboring states.
Prior this week, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and let him know the blast ought to be wrecked as it is silting up the Ganga and bringing on surges in Bihar.
"Today the time has come to re-assess the handiness of Farakka Barrage. From the perspective of utility, the burdens exceed the advantages. Accordingly, it would be appropriate for the focal government to genuine consider the evacuation of the Farakka flood," Mr Kumar said in a reminder to Mr Modi.
Mamata Banerjee has maintained a strategic distance from remark in this way, rather accusing the halfway run Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for surges in the southern Bengal areas of Howrah and Hooghly.
"They are man-made surges," she said. "I can comprehend flooding due to rain. Be that as it may, if the DVC and the focal water commission discharge water from their dams without talking about with us, we will next go to court."
Stream administration specialists say the Bihar boss pastor is not by any stretch of the imagination wrong, the Farakka Barrage has brought on siltation upstream yet annihilating the 30 year old torrent is no answer.
"The thought is silly," says Dr Kalyan Bhadra, as of now executive of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board however best known as a stream water administration master. "Around 200 kilometers of the non-tidal piece of stream would go away. It would be a fiasco for Bengal."
Water from the blast is utilized for watering system, water supply to towns on stream banks downstream and it has kept the Kolkata Port alive. Its devastation would likewise influence Bangladesh, say specialists.
Dr Bhadra surrenders Mr Nitish Kumar's point that Farakka is declining siltation upstream. However, that is not by any means the only motivation of surges in Bihar. Waterways from Nepal additionally cut down an immense volume of water. Surge readiness could mitigate the effect of the immersion, he feels.