GUWAHATI, July 20 - Urging the Kamrup district administration and the PWD to expedite the repair work of guard wall near the Raj Bhawan, NGO Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) today said the delay was causing immense problems to the staff of Barthakur Clinic and Hospital and general public of the area. Also questioning the �unscientific� heavy structure of Raj Bhawan on a small hill, the NGO demanded immediate shifting of the Governor�s House to a safer location.
The rear guard wall of the Raj Bhawan had collapsed on June 27 due to a landslide. The Barthakur Clinic and Hospital located behind the Raj Bhawan had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Sources privy to the development told The Assam Tribune that though the entire patch has been covered with tarpaulin to prevent water seepage and further erosion of loose earth, full-fledged repair work could not be taken up due to unfavourable weather conditions.
�In present circumstances, when we need our health facilities to work in a full-fledged manner owing to various health requirements of people, one of the oldest clinics of Guwahati which was established in 1961 has been locked down for nearly three weeks now. Despite being one of the oldest localities of Guwahati, the Uzanbazar-Kharghuli area lacks any other good health facility, and closure of Barthakur Clinic and Hospital is causing problem to the people of that locality,� SGBG president Krishno K Borooah told The Assam Tribune. Three rooms, sewerage system and laboratory of the hospital were damaged in the landslide.
�First, the Governor�s House was an Assam type structure, but later one after another construction work was taken up expanding the campus. A bigger disaster may take place and the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan may also come down some day in the monsoons,� SGBG vice president Ajoy Dutta said.
The NGO demanded shifting the Governor�s residence to a safer place to prevent any unwarranted situation. �Koinadhora can be one such location, befitting the requirement of a Governor�s House. But the government can choose a suitable location,� Dutta mentioned.