GUWAHATI, March 21 � The Kamrup Metro district administration has prohibited earth-filling and construction activities in and around the Deepor Beel with a view to preserve the ecological balance in the area.
While it has been observed that earth-filling and new construction works are going on in the immediate vicinity of the Deepor Beel, which is notified as a water body under the Guwahati Water Bodies (Prevention and Conservation) Act, 2008, and while such haphazard earth-filling and construction works may adversely affect the natural flow of water as well as the ecological balance of the entire area and also block the flow of water from other areas of the city, creating situations like artificial floods inundating large areas in and around Guwahati city ... an immediate need is felt to direct all the concerned enforcement agencies like Revenue Circle Officers, District Police, Forest Department, and planning and regulatory bodies like GMC, GMDA, panchayat functionaries, etc, not to permit any earth-filling and construction activities in and around the Deepor Beel, stated an order issued by Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro.
It said that it is necessary to take immediate preventive steps to stop the earth-filling and construction works in the areas under Azara and Guwahati Revenue Circles around the Deepor Beel.
�Moreover, all the concerned departments and regulatory bodies will take steps to review the permission accorded, if any, during the current year and take steps to cancel those permissions forthwith in the aforesaid areas,� it added.
District administration sources said the order has been issued following instruction from Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
They said that the administration has already started a survey in the Deepor Beel area, as per the Chief Minister�s directions, and action will be taken if anybody is found to have illegally encroached on land in and around the place.