GUWAHATI, July 7 � The Kamrup Metro district administration today said the ongoing eviction drive in the vicinity of water bodies at various places across the city is only intended to clear path for flow of floodwater away from inhabited locations and added that projects would be taken up for area-specific study of drainage patterns in the city as well as for installation of sirens to warn people in low-lying localities in case of rising water levels.
Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) of Kamrup Metro, told reporters here that a survey of the drainage system would be carried out to ensure safe passage of water.
Sirens are to be placed in the vicinity of low-lying and flood-prone localities and they would be sounded in case of a rise in the floodwater level.
Angamuthu also said that a modified DPR would be sent to the Centre for a drainage project under the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), which was first mooted in 2010-11.
Directions have also been issued to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation and the Water Resources Department to ensure availability of water pumps at low-lying areas to pump out floodwater, he added.
The official said that the ongoing eviction drive is intended only to allow free flow of flood water to natural water bodies and for clearing up of blockages and encroachments, which are hindering the process.
He said the common people have no need to feel apprehensive and the eviction drive along Silsako Beel and the Bharalu river is almost in its last phase and work is also in progress along the Basistha and Bahini rivers.
Regarding complaints about allotment of myadi pattas to families along the water bodies, he said enquiry has been ordered in such cases and all details sought from the GMC and the GMDA.
Angamuthu said that steps have been initiated to ban use of plastic in a systematic manner.
The district administration has also opened temporary shelters for people who have been targeted during the eviction drive. Shelters have been opened at the Panchayati Bibah Bhavan at HB Road and at SJ Dharmashala Trust, Fancy Bazar.
Meanwhile, today�s drive was marred by a scuffle between police and the affected people at Borbari. Locals protested against the eviction drive claiming that they possessed myadi pattas. However, the drive continued despite the protest, after the protestors were dispersed following a mild lathicharge.
Today, 14 pucca houses, 12 kuccha houses and 16 boundary walls were demolished along the Silsako Beel and 12 bighas of land cleared. Along the Bharalu river, 14 semi-pucca houses and six walls were demolished and three bighas of land were cleared.
Along the Basistha river, 15 pucca houses, 50 kuccha houses and 20 boundary walls were demolished during today�s drive.