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Shower turns city into cesspool again!

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 6 � Exactly a week after last Monday�s deluge, normal life in the city came to a grinding halt yet again following a burst of shower this evening. Roads and by-lanes and residential areas were transformed into a cesspool of water and filth, as people scurried for cover amid the inundation.

A severe traffic congestion on all the major roads, including the GS Road and the RG Baruah Road, added to the people's woes. It was already rush hour in the evening, and the water-logging caused breakdown of many vehicles that had to be stranded in the water and leading to a choking traffic chaos. The public transport system including city buses and trekkers stood disrupted for hours following the rains.

The inadequacy of the existing drainage stood exposed once again, as people braved ankle- to knee-deep waters in many areas to pursue their day-to-day activities.

As usual, the RG Baruah Road and its adjoining localities such as Nabin Nagar and Anil Nagar, Chandmari, etc., bore the brunt of the rain-induced ravages. Ganeshguri, parts of the GS Road and Panjabari, and Ambari, among others, witnessed severe water-logging.

Caught on the wrong foot, people � including children, women and the elderly � were seen wading through the water despite the grave danger posed by overflowing roads and footpaths with manholes in the dark.

The citizens The Assam Tribune talked to were unanimous that the State Government, the district administration, and the various authorities responsible for maintaining Guwahati's civic health and hygiene had made a total mess of the once-beautiful city due to their lack of foresight, scientific planning and implementation.

�The situation vis-�-vis artificial floods and water-logging has gone from bad to worse. This perennial menace has shown little signs of abatement with a single burst of shower being enough to send the city reeling under artificial flood,� a resident of Chandmari said.

Another resident of Panjabari said that the result of spending of hundreds of crores of rupees in recent years for mitigating the problem yielded a big zero. �Rather, the situation has turned from bad to worse. This exemplifies the authorities� lack of urban planning as also the blatant flouting of all civic norms even as the city expands in a haphazard manner,� he said, adding that a complete overhaul of the drainage besides strict protection to the wetlands and hills is the need of the hour.

Lack of scientific drainage apart, encroachment, deforestation and earth-cutting on the city�s hills and the rapid shrinkage of wetlands in the face of mounting anthropogenic pressures have complicated the city's water-logging problem.

The State Government, on its part, has failed to exhibit the kind of sincerity required for tackling the dual menace, with hardly any intervention coming to stop the vandalism being perpetrated on the hills and wetlands.

Another disquieting aspect of the city�s water-logging of late has been that new and new areas are experiencing the artificial floods. Many areas where water-logging was unheard of till a couple of years back are now regularly bearing the brunt of the menace in the event of a single burst of shower. This shows that the authorities have totally failed to ensure a planned, scientific expansion of the city, with high-rises spurting in every conceivable open space in violation of building laws.

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Shower turns city into cesspool again!

GUWAHATI, Aug 6 � Exactly a week after last Monday�s deluge, normal life in the city came to a grinding halt yet again following a burst of shower this evening. Roads and by-lanes and residential areas were transformed into a cesspool of water and filth, as people scurried for cover amid the inundation.

A severe traffic congestion on all the major roads, including the GS Road and the RG Baruah Road, added to the people's woes. It was already rush hour in the evening, and the water-logging caused breakdown of many vehicles that had to be stranded in the water and leading to a choking traffic chaos. The public transport system including city buses and trekkers stood disrupted for hours following the rains.

The inadequacy of the existing drainage stood exposed once again, as people braved ankle- to knee-deep waters in many areas to pursue their day-to-day activities.

As usual, the RG Baruah Road and its adjoining localities such as Nabin Nagar and Anil Nagar, Chandmari, etc., bore the brunt of the rain-induced ravages. Ganeshguri, parts of the GS Road and Panjabari, and Ambari, among others, witnessed severe water-logging.

Caught on the wrong foot, people � including children, women and the elderly � were seen wading through the water despite the grave danger posed by overflowing roads and footpaths with manholes in the dark.

The citizens The Assam Tribune talked to were unanimous that the State Government, the district administration, and the various authorities responsible for maintaining Guwahati's civic health and hygiene had made a total mess of the once-beautiful city due to their lack of foresight, scientific planning and implementation.

�The situation vis-�-vis artificial floods and water-logging has gone from bad to worse. This perennial menace has shown little signs of abatement with a single burst of shower being enough to send the city reeling under artificial flood,� a resident of Chandmari said.

Another resident of Panjabari said that the result of spending of hundreds of crores of rupees in recent years for mitigating the problem yielded a big zero. �Rather, the situation has turned from bad to worse. This exemplifies the authorities� lack of urban planning as also the blatant flouting of all civic norms even as the city expands in a haphazard manner,� he said, adding that a complete overhaul of the drainage besides strict protection to the wetlands and hills is the need of the hour.

Lack of scientific drainage apart, encroachment, deforestation and earth-cutting on the city�s hills and the rapid shrinkage of wetlands in the face of mounting anthropogenic pressures have complicated the city's water-logging problem.

The State Government, on its part, has failed to exhibit the kind of sincerity required for tackling the dual menace, with hardly any intervention coming to stop the vandalism being perpetrated on the hills and wetlands.

Another disquieting aspect of the city�s water-logging of late has been that new and new areas are experiencing the artificial floods. Many areas where water-logging was unheard of till a couple of years back are now regularly bearing the brunt of the menace in the event of a single burst of shower. This shows that the authorities have totally failed to ensure a planned, scientific expansion of the city, with high-rises spurting in every conceivable open space in violation of building laws.

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