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Govt has failed to tackle flash floods: SGBG

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, May 16 � Timely steps to ensure regular cleaning of the drains could have given some relief to the lakhs of people of Guwahati city who have to face severe water logging problem even after a brief spell of rain, observed voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG).

The SGBG pointed out that the State Government has totally failed to deal with the problem of artificial floods in Guwahati city and demanded that the Government should chalk out proper plans and schemes to ensure improvement of the situation.

In a release here, the SGBG president Dhiren Baruah said that a team of the organisation recently visited some of the worst affected areas and found that the failure to keep the drains clean is one of the main reasons for the present situation. He said that the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) should clean the drains at least once a week to ensure discharge of rain water. He said that the citizens should also play a part in this regard and refrain from dumping garbage in the drains.

Baruah said that the areas like Japorigog, Manik Nagar, Sundarpur, Shankar-Madhab road etc are submerged only after a brief spell of rain as the drains are not cleaned and the main drain near the RG Baruah road is also over flooded. More than one lakh people of these areas have to face the problem of water logging because of the failure of the Government to deal with the problem. He suggested that steps should be taken to increase the water carrying capacity of the Mora Bharalu river by dredging the bed of the river and the Government must increase the water carrying capacity of the Bharalu river by chalking out a proper plan during winter. The SGBG also called upon the people not to dump garbage on the Bharalu river.

The SGBG president said that the people of the areas like Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar etc are forced to shift to other places frequently during the rainy season as their houses are submerged quite often. He said that the sluice gate constructed in the area has become totally useless and it seems that the gate was constructed without proper planning, he said.

The SGBG demanded that the Government should immediately take effective steps to clear the encroachments on the natural water bodies like Solabeel, Bharalu river, Mora Bharalu river etc to increase the water carrying capacity and all the water bodies should be protected and preserved to prevent new encroachment. The organisation also demanded that the Government should set up a team of experts to visit the areas worst affected by water logging to chalk out proper schemes to deal with the problem.

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Govt has failed to tackle flash floods: SGBG

GUWAHATI, May 16 � Timely steps to ensure regular cleaning of the drains could have given some relief to the lakhs of people of Guwahati city who have to face severe water logging problem even after a brief spell of rain, observed voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG).

The SGBG pointed out that the State Government has totally failed to deal with the problem of artificial floods in Guwahati city and demanded that the Government should chalk out proper plans and schemes to ensure improvement of the situation.

In a release here, the SGBG president Dhiren Baruah said that a team of the organisation recently visited some of the worst affected areas and found that the failure to keep the drains clean is one of the main reasons for the present situation. He said that the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) should clean the drains at least once a week to ensure discharge of rain water. He said that the citizens should also play a part in this regard and refrain from dumping garbage in the drains.

Baruah said that the areas like Japorigog, Manik Nagar, Sundarpur, Shankar-Madhab road etc are submerged only after a brief spell of rain as the drains are not cleaned and the main drain near the RG Baruah road is also over flooded. More than one lakh people of these areas have to face the problem of water logging because of the failure of the Government to deal with the problem. He suggested that steps should be taken to increase the water carrying capacity of the Mora Bharalu river by dredging the bed of the river and the Government must increase the water carrying capacity of the Bharalu river by chalking out a proper plan during winter. The SGBG also called upon the people not to dump garbage on the Bharalu river.

The SGBG president said that the people of the areas like Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar etc are forced to shift to other places frequently during the rainy season as their houses are submerged quite often. He said that the sluice gate constructed in the area has become totally useless and it seems that the gate was constructed without proper planning, he said.

The SGBG demanded that the Government should immediately take effective steps to clear the encroachments on the natural water bodies like Solabeel, Bharalu river, Mora Bharalu river etc to increase the water carrying capacity and all the water bodies should be protected and preserved to prevent new encroachment. The organisation also demanded that the Government should set up a team of experts to visit the areas worst affected by water logging to chalk out proper schemes to deal with the problem.