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Another water exit channel by �17

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 19 - To tackle the problem of flash flood in Guwahati, especially to divert the storm water run-off from Meghalaya catchment area, the Guwahati Development Department has come up with a plan to construct another water exit channel in Guwahati within 2017.

As part of the proposal, to be executed under Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) supervision, an RCC drain would be dug along the service road of NH 37 bypass from State Institute of Rural Development (Khanapara) culvert point to Basistha River near the Brahmaputra Board office complex.

According to the sources from the GDD, work has already been initiated by the State government to complete it within the year 2017.

Though the need of a comprehensive storm water drainage facility was long being felt for Guwahati city, which witnesses massive inundation during the monsoons, a permanent remedial measure was lacking to mitigate the urban flood problem of the city.

As natural water exit channels � Bharalu, Mora Bharalu, Bahini and Basistha rivulets take the additional burden of storm water. The drainage system often collapses due to heavy siltation, illegal encroachment, garbage dumping, etc.

The GMDA had written to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, APDCL, PWD, Water Resource Department, PHE seeking their NOC on the alignment of the proposed drain.

�The focus this time is to introduce a result-oriented mechanism. To do away with any possible impact on the ecological balance, a water treatment plant would be set up as part of this project,� said the sources.

Other long term measures to be introduced in the city include a comprehensive drainage project in greater Guwahati, including pumping stations, silt pits, development of water bodies apart from gradient drainage network to tackle the storm water flooding of Guwahati city. A new sewage system, comprehensive wetland development and comprehensive garbage management mechanism would also be introduced to deal with the water-logging problem of the city.

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