The revised procedure with transparency and flexibility, coupled with specific responsibility, is possible by delegating powers to a Valley Authority with team of advisors on Video conference.
The team shall include Hydrologist, IMD expert on rain-forecast based on settelite images, CWC – gauging & discharge data collector or with better auto non-power dependent quick communication system, disaster and warning management authority at Surat, Socio-economic experts to assess financial impact etc.
If the trend of reduction in flood drainage capacity is uncontrolled, it could, over years, make flood moderation to impossible stage. Valley authority will have to freeze flood plane and develop schemes of diversion, conserve for desalinization of coast-lands and future sweet water requirements.
The dredging of mined river for sand and raising of flood bank for partial flood protection downstream are illusions. Back water & breaches of raised bunds in alluvial deposits by piping cannot be prevented economically.
Tapi River as A Lifeline Of Surat
Surat, the Gem city of India in Gujarat state, is situated on the banks of the river Tapi, the city’s lifeline and also an economic resource to diverse groups of stakeholders.
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