GUWAHATI, May 10 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today took stock of the drainage-related situation of the city by visiting the areas of Ganeshguri, RG Baruah Road and Bharalumukh, among others.
According to an official press release, the Chief Minister directed the departments concerned to take appropriate steps for the smooth discharge of the storm and waste water of the city through the man-made and natural drainage channels.
The pumping house of the Bharalu Sluice Gate, the Bharalu and Bahini confluence point on the RG Baruah Road were among the places visited by the Chief Minister today.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Guwahati Development Department Minister Ajanta Neog, Guwahati Mayor Abir Patra, Additional Chief Secretary, Guwahati Development Department V B Pyarelal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister M G VK Bhanu and senior officials of the PWD and GMDA, among others.
It needs mention here that the Chief Minister held a meeting with the senior officials of the GMDA, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the other departments concerned to discuss the issues related with waterlogging and flash floods of Guwahati.
At the meeting, he instructed the officials of the GMDA and the GMC and the other departments connected with the issues, to adopt both short and long-term measures to tackle the problems The Chief Minister underscored the importance of timely cleaning of drains, proper solid waster management, cleaning the channels connected with the wetlands and their preservation. The Chief Minister also emphasised on the need to cleaning and dredging the small rivulets that carry waste water from the city.
Gogoi also asked the officials to take immediate steps for dredging of the beds of the Bharalu and the Bondajan for smooth discharge of water during the monsoon. He called for expeditious steps to clear the Deepor Beel from encroachment to ensure unhindered flow of water from the city to the wetland.
Desiltation of the choked drains and clearing the waste materials at once instead of heaping them on the roads that subsequently find their way into the drains prominently figured in the meeting.