Silchar, July 22: A spell of heavy rain on Tuesday night that went on till early Wednesday morning brought back water logging woes for the people of Silchar as many places of the second biggest urban sprawl in the state were submerged.
Along with low lying areas, Ambikapatty Chowrangee, Church Road stretch of the town saw knee-deep water level causing immense difficulties for the residents for most part of the day.
Irked with the condition, residents of the locality looked deeply anguished. "It has been a recurring problem for us and there seems to be no solution in sight adding to our woes," echoed the residents. A memorandum stating the perennial issue was submitted to an official who had visited to inspect the situation.
Haridas Dutta, a resident of Church Road and also general secretary of Nagarik Swartha Raksha Sangram Parishad said even as he is currently out of the town, he is aware of the plight faced by the people of the locality. In his words, the drains are brimming with trash which must be cleared for the water to flow smoothly.
Former chairperson of Silchar Municipal Board Tamal Kanti Banik has also expressed grave concerns on the issue. On Thursday, along the residents of the area, Banik was seen in discussing plausible solution on how to solve the issue especially the drainage problems around a cross culvert which was constructed recently.
Meanwhile, Silchar MLA Dipayan Chakraborty who is in Guwahati for the ongoing Assembly session has reacted to the situation urging the people to cooperate and assured that a permanent solution to the water logging issue is being sought for.
In a video message addressing the people of his constituency, Chakraborty said, "Along with Silchar MP, Dr. Rajdeep Roy, I am trying to find out a permanent solution on water logging problem of Silchar Town. I know now a day's people of Silchar are badly suffering from water logging. In the ongoing Budget session I am trying to bring forth a few encroached drainage areas to the notice of the Government so that proper mapped drains can be constructed. Our Government is very much serious on the issue and Hon'ble CM, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has assured me of his cooperation in this matter." He also added to said that issues of drinking water and traffic congestion is also being discussed and informed that steps would be taken in a participatory manner.
It may be mentioned that workers of the Silchar Municipal Board were seen cleaning the clogged drains at various places of the town for smooth passage of water. The Cachar District Administration has also urged people not to dump the drains with garbage and waste.