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Compensate flood victims – West Bengal CM Banerjee tells DVC

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Indian state West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inspected the flood situation in the district by air. At last she landed at the helipad of Arambagh and reached the flood victims on foot. 

She went down to the flood water along with the Police and inspected the area. “I’m by your side,” she told them. 

However, the Chief Minister blamed the DVC for the disaster just before Durga Goddess festival’ She also hinted at seeking their compensation. “People’s anger is growing. DVC should provide compensation.” 

The West Bengal CM held Damodar Valley Corporation’s (DVC) unplanned and excess release of water responsible for the current “man-made” flood in South Bengal. 

The chief minister said the lack of dredging of dams and barrages controlled by the central government-run DVC has led to increased silting in reducing the holding capacity of dams such as Maithon, near Dhanbad. This, she claimed, led to excessive discharge of water into Bengal whenever there was heavy rains in upstream states such as Jharkhand, causing floods in vulnerable low lying districts of southern Bengal.

She urged authorities controlling the dams to dredge their reservoirs. 

Chief Secretary H K Dwivedi separately told a press meet on Friday that 22 lakh people were affected in five districts by floods as the mighty Damodar and Rupnarayan rivers were flowing above extreme danger level. He cited that one of the main reasons behind this flood is the amount of water being discharged (upstream) goes beyond the water bearing capacity of these rivers.

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Today in one meeting at Kalipur in Arambagh,  the Chief Minister fired  the DVC and the Center. She alleged, “Maithon-Panchet-DVC released water without informing the state on September 30, the day of polling.” Standing there, she also handed over the water release record for two days. At the same time, she demanded, “DVC should compensate the flood victims.

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Without them there will not be floods. They are under the center. They will release water, we will lose and they will earn money, it cannot happen.”

At the same time, she demanded, “The neighboring state  Jharkhand government should talk to us. And the center also has to give a master plan. More water could be retained by dredging the reservoirs. And without water in the dark of night it is a great crime. Will people sleep at night or save themselves?” 

The Chief Minister further said, “The neighboring state of Jharkhand is our friend. I will also request them to sit with us on the issue. Let us know and let the water go.”

By the way, whether it is flood or any other natural calamity, she is always by the side of the people of the state.. Even today she is no exception.

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