GUWAHATI, July 3 � The eviction drive in and around the water bodies and wetlands of the city continued for the fourth consecutive day today, with the district administration demolishing a large number of unauthorized constructions, including houses and boundary walls, along the Bharalu river and the Silsako Beel.
Officials said that over nine bighas of land along the Silsako Beel were cleared of encroachment today. The operation, which started early this morning and continued till the twilight hours, was carried out with heavy security arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents.
A total of eight pucca houses, 12 kutcha houses and 22 boundary walls were demolished at the spot spread across 500 metres.
Along the Bharalu, 29 pucca houses and five kutcha houses were brought down and a total of one bigha two katha of land was cleared of encroachment during the day.
�We also demolished the boundary wall of a multi-storey apartment with the consent of the owner to align the slope with the Bharalu river and allow the smooth flow of floodwater from the city to the water body,� Kamrup Metro Additional Deputy Commissioner Dhrubajyoti Das told The Assam Tribune.
Regarding the death of a lady, Chanda Devi (30) at Sarabbhati, the district administration clarified that she had been suffering from tumour on her legs for a long time and died of her ailment and the death has nothing to do with the ongoing eviction drive.
Devi, wife of Meghnad Shah, died on the way to hospital. The administration has assured all assistance to the family of the deceased.