GUWAHATI, May 13 � The Kamrup Metro district administration today passed an order under Section 144 of CrPC prohibiting earth-filling and construction works in and around the wetland area of Ramsar site Deepor Beel in the city, home to migratory and several local bird species.
The prohibition order was passed by Kamrup Metro DC Ashutosh Agnihotri, under his designation as District Magistrate, and comes a couple of days after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inspected the site and called for removal of encroachments.
Sources said that the District Magistrate took into account a number of factors dealing with the ecological and environmental value of the Deepor Beel before passing the order to ensure compliance with provisions of the Guwahati Waterbodies (Preservation and Conservation) Act, 2008.
It includes evidence of large-scale earth-filling and constructions going on in the water body and low-lying land in the immediate vicinity of the Deepor Beel.
Such earth-fillings and construction activities may lead to adverse effects on the waterbody as well as the ecological balance of the locality, it was felt.
The administration also observed that decrease of the waterbody may affect the flora and fauna, more particularly the domestic and rare migratory birds which flock to the�beel, and may even cause disturbances to elephant herds which come to the place from nearby forests and hills to quench their thirst.
Concern was also felt that this phenomenon of harm to the waterbody may affect the topography and drainage system of Guwahati city.
The administration sensed that it is necessary to take preventive action to stop the earth-filling and construction works in the Deepor Beel and other low lying areas.
The order was passed �ex-parte� and any aggrieved persons affected by the order is �at liberty to appear� before the authorities within seven days for cancellation or modification of the order.����
The prohibition will remain in place till further orders. �
An official letter in this regard has been sent from the office of the District Magistrate, Kamrup Metro, to the Staff Officer to the Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, the SSP Guwahati, the Circle Officer and other officials concerned, sources said.
It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Gogoi had on May 11, inspected the Ramsar site and directed officials to take immediate measures to remove encroachment for unhindered flow of water from the city to the wetland.
Gogoi, accompanied by Guwahati Development Department Minister Ajanta Neog and other senior officials, had said that encroachment and construction of permanent structures on the wetland must not be allowed.
�Any official found violating the provisions of the Guwahati Waterbodies (Preservation and Conservation) Act 2008 would be dealt with severely. The Government will not compromise when it comes to freeing waterbodies from encroachment,� he had said.