GUWAHATI, June 14 � Like most of the residential areas in the capital city, East Silpukhuri under ward No 36 has been afflicted with the same problems of waterlogging, clogged drains etc since long. Respite from these civic woes looks like a distant possibility with the authorities concerned ignoring the repeated supplication of the residents to do the needful in this regard.
The residents have complained that the indifference of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is responsible for the deteriorating condition of the drains which have become clogged and overflows during a slight downpour.
�The drain adjacent to the railway line is not cleaned regularly and so at a slight downpour, the drain overflows to the houses,� said a resident adding that this has exposed the people especially children to different health hazards.
Another resident pointing out to the deteriorating road condition in the area said that negotiating the dilapidated roads during the day time itself is a big problem, so the plight of the pedestrians at night could only be imagined.
�Most of the roads in the area are in bad shape and construction of two roads is yet to start,� said another resident calling upon the authorities concerned to start construction and renovation of roads in the area.
Drinking water crisis is a regular phenomenon in the area. The residents said that the water supply pipes in the area are not adequate to cover all the population. �About 40 years back, the population in the area was small and the water supply pipes could meet the demand. But now the population has multiplied and the same old pipes are not sufficient to cater to the demand,� said a resident adding that the old pipes are also leaking in many places and needed to be replaced with new pipes.