AZARA, July 30 � Encroachment and illegal constructions over the Kalmoni river have been causing artificial floods in the Rani-Azara area during rainy seasons. The water flowing through the Kalmoni river goes to the Deepor Beel and the Brahmaputra river.
It has been observed that some antisocial elements have encroached upon the river and constructed buildings and business centres on both the banks of the river. As a result the river has become narrower day by day.
It may be noted here that the Kalmoni river, originating from the Rani reserve forest, flows by the side of the NH-37 in the Rani-Azara area. Then the water of the river goes directly to the Deepor Beel and the Brahmaputra river via the Kalbog tributary at Palasbari. But as the river is becoming narrower day by day because of the encroachment, resulting artificial floods and waterlogging in the area even after a simple shower. This has made the dwellers living on both the sides of the NH-37 suffer a lot during the rainy seasons. Mention may also be made here that the river is officially under the jurisdiction of the Kalmoni irrigation scheme of the Government of Assam. But the authority concerned has not adopted any positive steps to clear the encroachment for free of water along the river.
The people of the greater area under the Azara revenue circle in Kamrup (Metro) district while hailing the steps of eviction undertaken by the metropolitan district administration in Guwahati city, urged the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) to initiate similar steps in the area to clear the Kalmoni river of encroachment.