GUWAHATI, March 8 � The Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has expressed deep concern over the unabated encroachment on the Bondajan waterbody and the pathetic condition of the Deepor Beel. The NGO has asked the authorities to initiate some immediate measures to protect and preserve both the natural waterbodies.
�SGBG has been constantly urging the district administration to take some strong measures to protect the beels of the district from illegal encroachment. A memorandum containing the details of these two waterbodies was also submitted to the district administration,� SGBG president Dhiren Baruah said.
�Reacting to our correspondence and to make the areas free from encroachment, district administration clamped 144 CrPC but still, it is seen that some unscrupulous people are carrying out construction work in those area during the night,� Baruah added.
Speaking about the potential threat of artificial flood in the Bondajan area during the coming monsoon season due to encroachment on the waterbody, the SGBG said that till the natural water channel is revived, the area won�t get rid of its perennial waterlogging problem.
�Though two parts of Bondajan area have been declared as greenbelt on April 28 last year, but it is seen that some people are carrying out land-filling work in these areas to start construction work. Thus, the district administration should immediately make a boundary demarcation and put up a signboard to restrict them from doing so,� a statement from the SGBG mentioned.
Also ruing the lack of action on the part of the authorities to protect the Deepor Beel, the organization said that timely action is the need of the hour to protect the waterbody. �Both the waterbodies should be made free from encroachment before the arrival of monsoons to minimize the impact of artificial floods in the city,� added Baruah.