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GU study for master plan on city flash flood

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 28 � A Gauhati University (GU) study on the flash flood problem of the city has suggested a specific master plan for control of inundation and waterlogging in the city areas. The study identified the various city areas according to their flood vulnerability and risk factors.

It said the problem of flash flood in the city demands a careful planning by the authorities concerned for evolving effective management strategies. The authorities concerned must come up with proper regulatory and legislative acts for maintaining the natural and artificial drainage channels and green cover on surrounding hills of the vulnerable areas. The study was carried out by Plabita Barman, a GU Environmental Science Department research scholar, under the guidance of Prof Dulal Chandra Goswami a few years back as part of a dissertation.

The study also focused on the identification of factors controlling flood hazard in the study area. Such efforts should be a part of non-structural measures of flood management, it said.

Based on GIS�based remote sensing technology supported by adequate ground survey, it identified Geetanagar/Hatigaon Chariali upto Narengi, GNB Road from Guwahati Club to Noonmati (except New Guwahati Area), RG Baruah Road, Maligaon/Durgasarobar, Guwahati College approach road, Nabagraha Road and its nearby areas, the areas located along the Kanwachal Road � particularly its southern part, Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar, Ambikagiri Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Lachit Nagar upto Bhangagarh, Srimantapur, Christianbasti area of GS Road, Rukminigaon, Mathura Nagar and some low-lying areas in Beltola, some areas on the A T Road, Santipur-�Bharalumukh area, Fatasil Ambari, B Borooah Road, Hedayatpur, Lamb Road, Ambari, Gandhibasti area, BK Kakoti Road, among others, as the vulnerable areas.

However, it maintained that this is only an indicative list of the places which face severe inundation problems. More comprehensive research covering databases of longer time period needs to be taken up in future, it said.

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