GUWAHATI, June 13 - The state government has identified 39 areas of Guwahati vulnerable to waterlogging.
Some of these areas are Solapara and Paltan Bazar Kali Mandir areas, Chandmari traffic point, GNB Road near Pub Sarania, GNB Road near Chandmari Colony, Goswami Service point, Kharghuli near Lal Singh Academy, Joypur near Bengali Basti, GNB Road in front of Assam Textile Institute at Ambari, B Baruah Road near Riyaz Salon, bylanes in Ambari area, including Lamb Road, GS Road near Ganeshguri flyover, RGB Road near NRL Petrol Pump, Shradhanjali Kanan back side, Anil Nagar, Noonmati NBCC drain, Narangi Chandrapur road, AK Azad Road, VIP Road near Patharquary Namghar, AK Dev Path in Fatashil Ambari, Raghunath Choudhury Path in Lachit Nagar, Hatigaon Bhetapara road and the national highway near Boragaon.
The areas have been identified at a joint survey conducted by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Public Works department, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and NF Railway, among others.
Moreover, waterlogging occurs at Sankardev Path and the adjoining Rupanagar area because of drain blockage due to the ongoing construction of a new cancer hospital at Bhangagarh.
Due to non-availability of side drains, waterlogging occurs in the rainy season at Mazar Road near Ulubari Mazar, Rupnagar ASTC road upto Srimantapur Road and VIP Road near the Indian Oil petrol pump.�
Waterlogging also occurs at Narangi Chandrapur road opposite LG Tower and near railway tracks due to incomplete construction of drains on both sides of railway tracks.
Waterlogging also occurs at BN Saikia Road and in Tarun Nagar near the junction of bylane no. 5.�
A GMC source said a meeting was held recently at the GMC office here in the presence of Guwahati Development Department Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya along with the officials from PWD, NHAI, GMC and NF Railway to discuss ways and means to mitigate the menace of waterlogging in the city. Bhattacharya directed the department concerned to take action immediately.
GMC Commissioner Devajyoti Hazarika said proposals were submitted in the meeting by all the departments concerned to curb the problem of waterlogging.�
�The GMC has already completed 80 per cent of cleaning of its drains. The GMC has almost 400 drains in the city. Due to digging of two storm water reservoirs inside the Veterinary College campus at Khanapara, the problem of waterlogging has reduced to an extent in areas like Juripar and Kalakshetra,� Hazarika said.
Moreover, the state government has taken up six major schemes to mitigate several problems caused by artificial flood in the city. The schemes include cleaning and desilting of the Pamohi water channel, Borsola Beel, Silshaku Beel, Bondajan Beel, Deepor Beel and the NBCC drain.