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PWD asked to clear blockages in city locality

By PRANJAL BHUYAN

GUWAHATI, Dec 17 - The Kamrup Metro district administration has directed the PWD (Roads) to immediately clear the blockages which are causing obstruction in free flow of the rainwater from the Pub Sarania and nearby localities.

�For the greater interest of the public and under powers conferred under Disaster Management Act 2005, I have directed the Executive Engineer of PWD (R) Guwahati City Division III and the Circle Officer of Guwahati revenue circle to clear the blockages which are causing obstruction in free flow of the rainwater to mitigate the hardship of the people residing in that area and nearby places caused due to water-logging in Pub Sarania locality,� Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu said.

He said that Pub Sarania area is one of the highly affected flood-prone areas in Guwahati where severe water-logging takes place every year causing immense hardship to the residents of that area.

�It occurs only because of lack of a proper drainage system in that area. As per a report received from the Executive Engineer PWD(R) Guwahati City Division III, the only way of draining out the rainwater and household water from that area is an underground drain along the centre line of the road up to the GMC drain through bye-lane No 6 of Rajgarh Road,� Dr M Angamuthu said.

He said that at present the underground drain is heavily silted and the top surface of the road and the surrounding areas have been raised in course of time.

�So de-silting of the drain will not be effective for draining out the artificial flood water from the area. The traffic intensity is also high in that area as it is the short-cut road from GNB Road to GS Road,� said the DC.

The Executive Engineer PWD (Roads) Guwahati City Division III has prepared a detailed plan and estimate in consultation with the local people to construct on one side an RCC footpath cum drain and on the other side a RCC drain cum road to drain out the logged water during the rainy season.

�The government has already sanctioned the project and allotted work to the contractor. Now 70 per cent work has been completed with the help and support from the local people. But 10 households have not agreed to spare some portion of their own land for execution of the project. Presently the work has been stopped as these households have not agreed to spare little strips of their land for the project. Several discussions and meetings were held with the Nagarik Samiti and local people of that area but the 10 households have not given clear consent to spare their land,� said Dr Angamuthu, who is also the Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority.

He said that if the project is not completed within this year then the problem of water-logging in that area will not be mitigated during the next monsoon season.

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PWD asked to clear blockages in city locality

GUWAHATI, Dec 17 - The Kamrup Metro district administration has directed the PWD (Roads) to immediately clear the blockages which are causing obstruction in free flow of the rainwater from the Pub Sarania and nearby localities.

�For the greater interest of the public and under powers conferred under Disaster Management Act 2005, I have directed the Executive Engineer of PWD (R) Guwahati City Division III and the Circle Officer of Guwahati revenue circle to clear the blockages which are causing obstruction in free flow of the rainwater to mitigate the hardship of the people residing in that area and nearby places caused due to water-logging in Pub Sarania locality,� Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu said.

He said that Pub Sarania area is one of the highly affected flood-prone areas in Guwahati where severe water-logging takes place every year causing immense hardship to the residents of that area.

�It occurs only because of lack of a proper drainage system in that area. As per a report received from the Executive Engineer PWD(R) Guwahati City Division III, the only way of draining out the rainwater and household water from that area is an underground drain along the centre line of the road up to the GMC drain through bye-lane No 6 of Rajgarh Road,� Dr M Angamuthu said.

He said that at present the underground drain is heavily silted and the top surface of the road and the surrounding areas have been raised in course of time.

�So de-silting of the drain will not be effective for draining out the artificial flood water from the area. The traffic intensity is also high in that area as it is the short-cut road from GNB Road to GS Road,� said the DC.

The Executive Engineer PWD (Roads) Guwahati City Division III has prepared a detailed plan and estimate in consultation with the local people to construct on one side an RCC footpath cum drain and on the other side a RCC drain cum road to drain out the logged water during the rainy season.

�The government has already sanctioned the project and allotted work to the contractor. Now 70 per cent work has been completed with the help and support from the local people. But 10 households have not agreed to spare some portion of their own land for execution of the project. Presently the work has been stopped as these households have not agreed to spare little strips of their land for the project. Several discussions and meetings were held with the Nagarik Samiti and local people of that area but the 10 households have not given clear consent to spare their land,� said Dr Angamuthu, who is also the Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority.

He said that if the project is not completed within this year then the problem of water-logging in that area will not be mitigated during the next monsoon season.

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