Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday lashed out at the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for releasing over 10 lakh cusec of water between September 30 and October 1.
While addressing a press conference, Mamata Banerjee said, “The way water has been released, it is a big crime. This has never happened before. This is a man-made flood. Monsoon couldn’t flood us, this water release flooded us.”
She further questioned how DVC could release so much water without informing the state government, “More than 10 lakh cusec water was released. Is it possible? Is this justice? DVC will release water every time like this? Why are you not discussing it with us? And DVC is central’s property.”
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stated that this time the state government has decided that they will ask for compensation from DVC, “DVC has done a criminal offence, we have decided we will ask for compensation. I have written several letters to the Prime Minister. I will write again. Centre has to take steps on DVC. We condemn what is being done.”
Incidentally, amid heavy rain in Jharkhand in the past few days due to the impact of Cyclone Gulab, the DVC has released 2,75,000 cusecs of water since yesterday. Due to this, several districts of the state, including Howrah, Bankura, Purulia, Asansol and West Medinipur are facing flood. Several towns in these districts have been submerged in flood water. Banerjee also urged the Jharkhand government to discuss the water release with the Bengal government and to take up the matter of DVC with the Centre.
On Saturday, Banerjee conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected districts of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly.
On Friday, while Chief Secretary H K Dwivedi told in 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.
Banerjee has appointed several ministers to oversee the relief work. Subrata Mukherjee will be flying down to Bankura on Monday, while Kalyan Banerjee and Malay Ghatak would oversee the flood relief work in Purulia, Bankura and Asansol. Senior leaders Becharam Manna and Firhad Hakim have been given the responsibility to keep an eye on the situation in Hooghly, while Manas Bhuiyan is in charge of West Midnapore and Swapan Debnath is in charge of East Burdwan.