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Centre sanctiones fund for 3 Tripura rivers

 Ministry of Water Resource has cleared three proposed anti-erosion projects on Tripura Rivers - Howrah, Gomati and Khowai. All three projects got investment clearance from Planning Commission of India (PCI) in February last.

Official sources here today stated that Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation had submitted the proposal of Rs 31.47 Cr for rejuvenation of Howrah river, main source of water of 4.5 lakh people of Agartala. Similarly, two other proposals of Rs 70.30 Cr for Gomati river and Rs 38.46 Cr for Khowai River were also sent to the ministry for embankment management, erosion control and improvement of navigation facilities in the rivers in 2010.

With the advice of Central Water Commission, the state government had revised the proposal early this year and sought fund of Rs 42.99 Cr, Rs 91.73 Cr and Rs 55.42 Cr for the river Howrah, Gomati and Khowai respectively. In a recent letter, Minister of Water Resource has intimated the state government that the projects were cleared by the Centre and advised them to go for next course of action, officials stated.

Due to heavy siltation and soil erosion, all 10 rivers of Tripura have been suffering from navigation problem and as result; the rivers have taken narrow shape and became dry. Bother domestic water supply and irrigation have been affected seriously for past few years but the state government could not do much to restore the character of the rivers because of shortage of fund.