Banerjee wrote a letter to Modi urging him to look into the matter so that flood management and rehabilitation plans can be worked out expeditiously to save lives and livelihoods from the disaster.
Banerjee also sought a reconsideration of the Centre’s 2017 decision to withdraw the extended jurisdiction of the Farakka Barrage Project Authority (FBPA) to protect the river bank from further erosion.
In a letter dated February 21, he said that thousands of square kilometers of land have been damaged due to erosion. This letter was made available to the media on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister said that along the banks of rivers like Mahananda, Phulhar, Tangon and Atreyi, erosion and frequent floods are also a major cause of erosion in 21 blocks of Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda districts of the State.
He wrote in the letter that about 2,800 hectares of fertile land has been flooded by the river and public and private properties worth Rs 1,000 crore have been damaged in the last 15 years.