GUWAHATI, April 28 - Although all the State departments concerned have been spending crores of rupees every year to mitigate the menace of water-logging in Guwahati, yet altogether 57 areas of the city remain vulnerable to the problem, reveal some government documents.
These areas include � DG Road at Maligaon overbridge and near the Kamakhya gate, the drain at Shakuntala Colony at Maligaon, AK Dev Path, Solapara drain culvert near Nandan Hotel, Kharghuli culvert near Lal Singh Academy, B Borooah cross culvert near Riaz Saloon, GS Road from Ganeshguri to Bhangagarh, especially the Walford area near Ganeshguri bridge, near Silkalay, near JB�s restaurant and near Apollo Hospital, Nanak Nagar area near the GMCH culvert and Kacharibasti road.
On the stretch of RGB Road, rainwater tend to accumulate near the NRL petrol pump and near the Garima Marble store along with the back yard of Shraddhanjali Kanan.
The documents also include Tarun Nagar area near the junction of byelane 5, at Anil Nagar sump area, Anil Nagar byelane 3, Anandapur silt trap, Noonmati NBCC drain, Lachit Nagar main road, Rajgarh Road, Lachit Lane, Raghunath Choudhury Path, BT East, BT West, Green Path and Kanaklata Path and its byelanes.
Other such areas are Soni Ram Bora Road and its byelanes, Marak Path and Janasewa Path at Rupnagar, Rupkonwar Path, RK Mission Road at Birubari, Srimantapur Shani Mandir Road, Barthakur Mill Road, Jana Path (a GS Road byelane), GS Road under Bhangagarh flyover, Bimala Nagar at Kalapahar area, Kalapahar main road near Kalicharan Nursing Home, AT Road, Kharga Choudhury Road and Krishna Nagar area in Ward No.9, B Borooah Road and Manipuri Basti area in Ward No.14, Dispur Narengi Road near Forest Gate in Ward No.25, Khanapara Narengi Expressway Road under Ward No.31 and 25, near Down Town Hospital under Ward No.26 and BN Saikia Road under Ward No.26 and 28.
The Patarkuchi inner drain In Ward No.30 and Juripar drain in Ward No.31 tend to overflow during heavy rains. In Ward No.27, such areas include the roadside drain of Lakhra, the road near the Dhakingaon road junction point, near the Shankar Hotel, Jyotikuchi and near Hanuman Mandir.
Overflowing water is a common sight during rainy season near the Kula Basumatary junction point, the roadside drain of Lakhra near Colony Bazar and Kalapahar under Ward No.16, Boragaon LP School Road and Tetelia NH side under Ward No.6, the main road near Birubari Bazar area under Ward No.17, the Kahilipara main road, near Hayat Hospital, Rodali Path, Pubali Path and Shreekanta Path under Ward No.17.
It is noteworthy that on Saturday, a team of officials led by Principal Secretary, Guwahati Development Department, Maninder Singh along with Deputy Commissioner Kamrup Metro Biswajit Pegu, Commissioner of GMC, CEO of GMDA, CEO of DDMA, CO Dispur and other officials from DDMA, GMC, GMDA, NHAI among others surveyed various areas of the city that are prone to water-logging .
�We have checked some areas like the Veterinary College campus, Silsako Beel, Bonda, etc. During the visit we decided to divert the water coming down from the Meghalaya hills to the Brahmaputra, for which a water reservoir is also to be set up inside the Veterinary College campus. Next, we will visit the southern part of city. Our aim is to mitigate the water-logging problem by formulating both long-term and short-term strategies,� GMC Commissioner Debeswar Malakar told The Assam Tribune.
During the survey, the team of higher officials of the State government analysed facts and figures on what would have to be done to make a Guwahati a flood-free city.
�We have already started some works in the Veterinary College campus,� Malakar added.