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Lack of high suction pumps affecting Tarun Nagar

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 5 � Due to the lack of high capacity water suction pumps to drain out water during flash-floods, the residents of Tarun Nagar are having harrowing time with the waterlogging problem deteriorating with every passing day.

Addressing a press meet today the annoyed residents asked the State government and the district authorities to take immediate steps to provide some relief to the residents, at least during the monsoons.

�For last two months we are invariably suffering from flash flood problems, even if there is a light shower. All the by-lanes convert into drains after the rainfall and the water enters our homes and remains there for several days,� said S Bhattacharjee, a local of the area.

When the local residents contacted the State Water Resource Department, they were informed that the department has already purchased two water pumps for Tarun Nagar but due to non availability of fund for providing electricity, the pumps have not been installed.

�They informed us that it will take another year for the formalities to complete after which the pumps would be installed. Local people, already facing immense problems due to waterlogging, are now worried about this monsoon season,� Biswanath Das, another local resident mentioned.

�We could not understand that if there was no fund, then why the department constructed the guard wall and sluice gate over the Bharalu, for which, we are suffering now,� he added.

According to the residents, the guard wall, without a water suction pump has further aggravated the waterlogging problem in the area.

The local people are also facing problem due to the parking of vehicles by members of Rajiv Bhawan at the Tarun Nagar entry point. �During the morning and evening hours, heavy rush of vehicles in the locality is obstructed by the haphazard parking by the Rajiv Bhawan members. �We have asked the Rajiv Bhawan authorities and also informed the IGP (administration), SP (traffic), and SP (city) about the problem, but no action has been taken till date,� he added.

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