GUWAHATI, May 26 � Incessant rainfall that started late last night left the streets of Guwahati submerged in water, giving a harrowing time to the people this morning. Water-logged roads threw life out of gear, with students and office goers experiencing the worst.
Roads filled with water brought the busy morning traffic to a standstill in many parts of Guwahati. Those who had unavoidable engagements, like school, office, etc., were seen braving the inundated streets in a state of utter despair.
Essential services like ambulance and milk and newspaper supply were adversely affected.
Water entered the houses in many areas of the city including Anil Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Rajgarh, Hengerabari and Lokhra. Chandmari, among the worst affected areas, witnessed heavy water-logging on the MRD Road and GNB Road. Adjoining areas like Gandhibasti, Pub Sarania, Rajgarh and RG Baruah Road also witnessed artificial flood.
School buses also got stuck in many parts of the city. Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Silpukhuri, was closed as many of its students were left stranded while coming to school. Maria�s Public School at Birkuchi and Good Shepherd Pre-Primary School in the Chandmari area were also closed because of the heavy water-logging.
Many vehicle owners who tried to cross the water-logged streets ended up damaging their vehicles. �For the second time in the past two months, water-logging has damaged my bike engine. Other than harassment, I also have to incur an additional cost in bike servicing. Other than making tall claims, the authorities are doing nothing to solve this perennial problem,� said Nishit Sarma, an IT professional of the Narengi area.
However, the rickshaw-pullers had a field day as the people paid by nose to cross the water-logged streets. �To cross a patch of 100 metres water-logged street, I paid Rs 50 to the rickshaw-puller in Rajgarh area,� said a commuter. Rickshaws on the Chandmari-Bhangagarh route also charged four-five times higher than the normal fair.
In Panjabari area also, water entered all the lanes and bye-lanes giving a tough time to the residents throughout the day. Hengerabari was also among the worst-hit areas, with water covering several patches of Dr Zakir Hussain Road, KK Handique Road and the Pub Sarumotoria area.
�Students of Shankar Academy often face immense problems due to the water-logging in-front of the school,� said a resident of the area. The PHE office premise also witnessed water-logging.