New Delhi: With monsoons just round the corner, flood threat is haunting the state dispensation once again, especially due to river Kosi which is termed as ‘sorrow of Bihar’. Concerned over Kosi’s devastating effect in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday requested the Centre to take up the issue with Nepal in order to prevent floods in Bihar.

In a letter to Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna, Bihar CM asked the Centre to take up the issue of excavation of Kosi’s pilot channel with Nepal to prevent Bihar from floods.

While informing the MEA, Nitish also said that the excavation of pilot channel work was stopped in the second week of April by people in Nepal, which can be dangerous for the embankments on the western side in Bihar.

Kumar also said that during the 2010 floods, the concerned departments tried to avoid Kosi’s fury by strengthening the embankments in the downstream by making pilot channels.

Stressing upon the need for gate management and construction of a barrage on river Kosi, Nitish said that he had already apprised the Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid about the need to dig a pilot channel on the eastern side of the river to contain floods during the rains.

“In the event of the pilot channel not being allowed to be dug, efforts would be made to maintain the central flow of the river by skillfully operating the gates of the Kosi barrage,” Nitish said.

Kumar also asked the Centre to immediately take up with Nepal the issue of strengthening and protecting the embankment in the wake of forceful stoppage of work in Nepal and digging of a pilot channel to re-establish central flow of the river to avoid undue pressure on both the western and the eastern embankments.