Ganga on the road

PARTS of National Highway No 34 and Eastern Railway's Farakka-Jangipur track are being eroded by the Ganga. Also being worn away are the Farakka feeder canal, the Jangipur barrage and a 94-km stretch of bunding from Farakka to Jalangir on the right bank of the Ganga near Murshidabad. Silting of the left bank is said to be the main reason for the erosion along the right bank. Limited functioning of the left side barrage gates has led to a new meander pattern downstream. The erosion is leading to land losses in Murshidabad district. Elsewhere, it has led to extensive flooding during the monsoons, particularly in and around Malda.