GUWAHATI, March 17 - The Kamrup Metro district administration today directed the police and forest departments to take action against illegal activities like encroachments, extraction of sand and soil, and earth filling, which have been observed in the immediate vicinity of the Deepor Beel and other adjoining areas.
An order to this effect was issued by the administration under the Disaster Management Act.
�It has also been observed that some loose soil was dumped over the natural channel, which is blocking the free flow of water. If such haphazard, illegal, unplanned earth cutting and earth filling activities are allowed to continue, it will not only obstruct the free flow of water, but may also cause flooding of the National Highway 37 during the ensuing monsoon season. Moreover, it will create ecological imbalance of the natural water body and its flora and fauna,� said Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu.
He said that the circle officers of Azara and Guwahati revenue circles have already been directed to make a thorough survey of the entire Deepor Beel with the Divisional Forest Officer, Kamrup (East), Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) and Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) district and to clear all the blockages and encroachments on natural channels which flow to the Deepor Beel to enable storm water originating from the Guwahati city to flow freely into the beel.