Meghalaya awaits central nod for flood management

SHILLONG: The state government is still awaiting the approval of the Centre for the proposed implementation of the Flood Management and Protection of Wah Umkhrah River and Wah Umshyrpi River Project in the capital city.

Last year, the state water resources department had submitted a detailed project report (DPR) at an estimated cost of Rs 4645.817 lakh under the "flood control on flash flood" along the rivers of Wahumkhrah and Umshyrpi. "We are still waiting for the approval of the Union ministry of water resources," deputy chief minister in-charge of water resources Rowell Lyngdoh told reporters here on Tuesday. The DPR was also sent to the Brahmaputra Board and Central Water Commission (CWC) for further examination and recommendation.

The minister said, "The project on the two main rivers of the city has been cleared by most of the committees both at the state and the regional level". "Now, the matter is pending with the ministry concerned for sanction," he said.

The Flood Management and Protection of Wahumkhrah and Umshyrpi River Project was conceptualized to control frequent floods in Pynthorumkhrah area.