PARTS of National Highway No 34 and Eastern Railway's Farakka-Jangipur track are being eroded by the Ganga. Also being worn away are the Farakka feeder canal, the Jangipur barrage and a 94-km stretch of bunding from Farakka to Jalangir on the right bank of the Ganga near Murshidabad. Silting of the left bank is said to be the main reason for the erosion along the right bank. Limited functioning of the left side barrage gates has led to a new meander pattern downstream. The erosion is leading to land losses in Murshidabad district. Elsewhere, it has led to extensive flooding during the monsoons, particularly in and around Malda.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.