GUWAHATI, Feb 21 � Voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has warned that if the situation so demands its members would take to the streets to save the city wetlands, hills and forests from the clutches of the encroachers. The interest of the city to remain as an ideal habitable place takes priority over any other matter, it said.
SGBG president Dhiren Barua told this newspaper that their organisation hail the announcement made by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to free the city wetlands and forest areas from human settlement. The Chief Minister is justified and those who want to develop Guwahati into an ideal inhabitable metropolis, should lend their whole-hearted support to the Chief Minister on this score, Barua said.
The main point is keeping Guwahati inhabitable. For that purpose, it is the bounden duty of the Guwahatians and the planners to maintain the balance of the city ecology. Or else, the future of Guwahati is doomed and this is not going to bode well for anybody, he asserted.
Guwahati should be developed its ecological balance intact so that it can develop into a modern metropolis in the true sense of the term, Barua said, adding, only this can make Guwahati an inhabitable and attractive place.
Commenting on the demand raised by some organisations to allow human settlement in the city wetlands, hills and other forest areas, Barua described this demand as illogical and warned that if this demand is to be complied with, Guwahati will soon become a dead city and people will have to flee it to save their lives. For, it will then become the theatre of disasters, he warned.
Barua also made an appeal to the scientific community and town planners to come forward with their suggestions to save the city from such man-made catastrophes.