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Brahmaputra River Valley Authority proposed

The Centre has proposed the setting up of Brahmaputra River Valley Authority [BRVA] in place of the Brahmaputra Board to deal with water management, flood and related issues in the North-Eastern region, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Sunday.

'They [Centre] have sought our [Assam's] opinion. We are totally for the Brahmaputra River Valley Authority and I hope all the states of the region would join it,' he said here.

'A proposal in this regard has been made by the Centre. As per the proposal, the Union Water Resources Minister would chair the body and all chief ministers of the north eastern states would be vice-chairmen,' he said.

Besides the problem of dealing with floods, the body would also act as an umbrella organisation where the Centre and all states of the region would pool resources and expertise to tackle issues related to land reclamation, irrigation and erosion.

Apart from Brahmaputra and its tributaries, the BRVA would also deal with the Barak and other rivers in the region and is likely to come in handy at a time when the proposed North-East Water Resources Authority is yet to take off due to opposition from some quarters.

He asked for cooperation at an international level with China, Bhutan and Bangladesh for a comprehensive solution to the problems of flood, erosion and water management in the North-East.
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