GUWAHATI, May 12 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who is also in charge of the Guwahati Development Department, today made a tour of Guwahati city along with Water Resources Minister Rajiv Lochan Pegu and senior officers to monitor the operation launched to clean the drains and directed the officers concerned to expedite the process to prevent water logging during the rainy season.
The first stop of the tour of the Chief Minister was the Jonali path in RG Baruah road, where the desiltation and cleaning operation of the Bharalu river is going on. The work is being carried out by the Water Resources Department at a cost of Rs 65.12 lakh. The Water Resources Minister apprised the Chief Minister of the progress of the work, and said that the five-kilometer stretch of the Bharalu river, the main drainage channel of the city, would be cleaned during the operation. Gogoi directed the Water Resources Department to expedite the work.
The Chief Minister also monitored the de-siltation and cleaning of the drains in RG Baruah road and Gopinath Bordoloi road and directed the authorities of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation to complete the work before the onset of monsoon season.
Gogoi then visited the Uzanbazar area to see the progress of the construction of drains and pavement. He spoke to local people including office bearers of Save Guwahati Build Guwahati, who apprised the Chief Minister of the problems faced by the residents of the area due to water logging. He assured the people that the Government would try to complete the ongoing schemes as soon as possible and sought the cooperation of the people in this regard.
The Chief Minister also visited GS Road and Kahilipara areas to see the process of cleaning of the drains.