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Flood-hit citizens threaten to boycott polls

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 3 � Frustrated over the failure of the authorities to address artificial floods in Guwahati, a unified forum of affected citizens has underlined the need for urgent intervention to tackle the worsening problem.

Represented by aggrieved people from different parts of the city, the forum has called for the utillisation of Centrally approved Rs 125 crore meant for improving the drainage system of Guwahati. It has specifically mentioned the need to start work on the Bahini river and other drains in East Guwahati that has caused untold miseries to the people.

The forum referred to a scheme proposed by an Israeli technical establishment that studied the feasibility of channeling excess water from Bahini river and East Guwahati through Sunsali and into the Brahmaputra, which the Union Government had approved. However, till today that move has not resulted in tangible development.

In view of the recurrent artificial floods, the forum called for setting up two powerful pumps at the Bharalu between Jonali and Rajgarh, reasoning that the pumps would be able to divert flood water from adjacent areas.

A demand has also been raised about increasing the size of the sluice gate channels and augmenting the pumps at Anil Nagar, which would contribute to better artificial flood management.

It was also stated that the drains of Nabin Nagar and Anil Nagar have been blocked and there was an urgent need for a clean up operations.

According to the forum, there should be a provision to take out storm water from west of Rajgrah Road to Bharalu through an underground drain, in order to avoid the risk of artificial floods in the area.

The forum members warned that unless these steps were taken, citizens of the areas affected by artificial floods would be compelled to boycott the coming Assembly elections. It is now clear that assurances of attending to artificial floods have proved hollow.

An official statement mentioned that the citizens were absolutely fed up with the apathy shown by the authorities, including the Gauhati Municipal Corporation, the MLA and Minister, which according to the forum had all remained silent spectators.

The Forum pointed out that earlier floodwater from the areas close to RG Baruah Road used to disappear a short while after the rains, but after the construction of walls parallel to the Bharalu by the Water Resources Department 2008-09, the situation has worsened in areas like Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar, Lachit Nagar and Kamakhya Nagar.

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Flood-hit citizens threaten to boycott polls

GUWAHATI, Oct 3 � Frustrated over the failure of the authorities to address artificial floods in Guwahati, a unified forum of affected citizens has underlined the need for urgent intervention to tackle the worsening problem.

Represented by aggrieved people from different parts of the city, the forum has called for the utillisation of Centrally approved Rs 125 crore meant for improving the drainage system of Guwahati. It has specifically mentioned the need to start work on the Bahini river and other drains in East Guwahati that has caused untold miseries to the people.

The forum referred to a scheme proposed by an Israeli technical establishment that studied the feasibility of channeling excess water from Bahini river and East Guwahati through Sunsali and into the Brahmaputra, which the Union Government had approved. However, till today that move has not resulted in tangible development.

In view of the recurrent artificial floods, the forum called for setting up two powerful pumps at the Bharalu between Jonali and Rajgarh, reasoning that the pumps would be able to divert flood water from adjacent areas.

A demand has also been raised about increasing the size of the sluice gate channels and augmenting the pumps at Anil Nagar, which would contribute to better artificial flood management.

It was also stated that the drains of Nabin Nagar and Anil Nagar have been blocked and there was an urgent need for a clean up operations.

According to the forum, there should be a provision to take out storm water from west of Rajgrah Road to Bharalu through an underground drain, in order to avoid the risk of artificial floods in the area.

The forum members warned that unless these steps were taken, citizens of the areas affected by artificial floods would be compelled to boycott the coming Assembly elections. It is now clear that assurances of attending to artificial floods have proved hollow.

An official statement mentioned that the citizens were absolutely fed up with the apathy shown by the authorities, including the Gauhati Municipal Corporation, the MLA and Minister, which according to the forum had all remained silent spectators.

The Forum pointed out that earlier floodwater from the areas close to RG Baruah Road used to disappear a short while after the rains, but after the construction of walls parallel to the Bharalu by the Water Resources Department 2008-09, the situation has worsened in areas like Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar, Lachit Nagar and Kamakhya Nagar.