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Govt to clear city water channels of encroachments

By The Assam Tribune
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GUWAHATI, June 29 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today convened a high level meeting to discuss the post-flood scenario in Guwahati and measures both long and short term to meet any exigency.

Gogoi asked the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration and departments concerned to free all water channels from obstructions impeding the flow of water from the city. �All encroachments on the water channels must be cleared to ensure flow of water from the city,� he said. Evictions would be carried out on encroachments simultaneously along the Bharalu, Mora Bharulu, Bahini and other water channels from tomorrow.

The meeting, while discussing the 377 landslide-prone areas that have been identified, decided to issue warnings to the people living there to move out on their own within the next 48 hours. The district administration would provide temporary arrangements for their stay, informs an official press release.

The Chief Minister directed the Water Resources Department and Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to keep a close watch on the situation and to keep the water pumps functional round the clock. Gogoi asked the agencies to procure and hire water pumps mounted on trolley to discharge the excess water. �Additional manpower can be hired by Water Resources and GMC on contractual basis to man the water pumps round the clock,� he said.

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Govt to clear city water channels of encroachments

GUWAHATI, June 29 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today convened a high level meeting to discuss the post-flood scenario in Guwahati and measures both long and short term to meet any exigency.

Gogoi asked the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration and departments concerned to free all water channels from obstructions impeding the flow of water from the city. �All encroachments on the water channels must be cleared to ensure flow of water from the city,� he said. Evictions would be carried out on encroachments simultaneously along the Bharalu, Mora Bharulu, Bahini and other water channels from tomorrow.

The meeting, while discussing the 377 landslide-prone areas that have been identified, decided to issue warnings to the people living there to move out on their own within the next 48 hours. The district administration would provide temporary arrangements for their stay, informs an official press release.

The Chief Minister directed the Water Resources Department and Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to keep a close watch on the situation and to keep the water pumps functional round the clock. Gogoi asked the agencies to procure and hire water pumps mounted on trolley to discharge the excess water. �Additional manpower can be hired by Water Resources and GMC on contractual basis to man the water pumps round the clock,� he said.

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