GUWAHATI, June 23 - The artificial flood that left Guwahati paralyzed twice within ten days and claimed six lives has made the administration take some joint initiatives to tackle various issues that aggravate the problem of water logging in the city.
Noticing a sudden reduction in the quantum of water carrying capacity of the Bharalu, the district administration along with the Water Resources Department and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is examining the situation that has led to a reduced flow of the rivulet.
�We had a meeting today with the officials of the Water Resources Department and the Soil Conservation Department regarding the artificial flood problem in Guwahati. I have also deputed an official to examine the flow of the Bharalu (volume and speed of water) and the causes leading to its reduced carrying capacity,� Kamrup (Metro) DC Dr M Angamuthu told The Assam Tribune.
�The reason might be the silt accumulation in Bharalu or the Brahmaputra flowing close to the danger mark. Along with the GMC and the Water Resources Department, we would examine how the silt is taken out on a regular basis to maintain its free flow,� he added.
As directed by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a joint control room has been set up in the DC's office with representatives from city police, GMC, district administration, APDCL, SDRF, Water Resources Department and PWD.
The joint team would be coordinating with the ward councillors, area members, ward-wise NGOs and also the civil society organizations for smooth and speedy response during disaster situation.
Meanwhile, the NGO Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has asked the State Government to deal with the problem of water logging by addressing some of the key issues related to the city�s geographical condition.
�The wetlands working as the city's natural water reservoirs have been filled without any planning. Now, the few beels remaining in the vicinity of the city must be preserved, removing all encroachments. Given the geographical condition of the city, surrounded by hills, it is impossible to find a solution without maintaining the water reservoirs,� the NGO stated in a communiqu� to the administration.
It further added that digging of water exit channels must be completed on time.
President of the NGO Krishna K Barooah and secretary Satyen Doley further said the department concerned must look into the matter of gap between the rising road level and the sinking plinth level of old houses in the city. �If one compares the plinth and road levels, and the level of drains in the city, it will give anyone a fair idea about the shoddy development works so far being carried out in the city,� the communiqu� further added.
Stressing the need of better coordination among different government departments like GDD, PWD, Water Resources and APDCL, it said the management of municipal solid waste must also be done in a proper manner to keep the drains unclogged.