GUWAHATI, March 4 - Although the National Green Tribunal has strictly asked the State government to relocate the Boragaon dumping ground in order to prevent further pollution in the Deepor Beel, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is yet to find a suitable site to implement the same.
This was stated by Guwahati Development Department Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya in the Assembly today in reply to a question by MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita.
According to media reports, the State government had earlier identified four sites for the purpose. The sites included a 40-bigha plot of land located on the old Chandrapur Thermal Power Station (CTPS) campus of the Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL), a 27-bigha plot covered by dag number 32 in Tamulikuchi NC under Sonapur mouza of Sonapur revenue circle, a 20-bigha, 1-katha, 19-lessa plot covered by dag number 33 at Odalbakra under Beltola mouza of Dispur revenue circle and another plot at Borpathar.
The minister informed the Assembly that although his department has identified four sites to implement the NGT order, the State government is yet to hand over the land to the GMC due to various reasons.
Especially at Chandrapur, the GMC has been facing massive public protests under the aegis of the Chandrapur Anchalik Students� Union against the move.
At Odalbakra, the proposed site is located in a low-lying area and not suitable for implementation of the project. At Borpathar, the Meghalaya High Court has put a stay on the process and at Sonapur the proposed site is located in a hilly area where creation of a dumping ground is not possible.
Bhattacharya said that to prevent pollution in the Deepor Beel, the government has built a �containing� wall with an expenditure of Rs 10 crore. He also made it clear that there is no shortage of fund and the GMC would start the project immediately after getting a suitable site.