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Smart shower exposes city situation


GUWAHATI, June 18 � Despite tall claims of desiltation of drains and other pre-monsoon work by the district administration, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and other local civic authorities, a short but heavy shower on Tuesday evening exposed the truth about the situation in the city.

Major arterial roads of the city including RG Baruah Road, GS Road, GNB Road and BK Katati Road were submerged following heavy downpour for less than half an hour, leaving thousands of commuters stranded in the spot-office hours.

Floodwater also inundated many residential localities like Rajgarh, Geetanagar and Anil Nagar causing great inconvenience to local people.

However, as the shower was localised many localities in the southern and western parts of the city were spared from the effect of the flash floods.

�This has become a regular feature of our life now. Any time there is a fresh shower of over 15-20 minutes duration half of the RG Baruah Road gets flooded. The civic authorities make tall claims before the monsoon but when the rain comes the reality is laid bare before the people,� said Abhijit Bhattacharjee, a resident of Geetanagar area.

Many commuters who were heading towards RG Baruah Road via GNB Road and MRD Road had to take a detour via GS Road to reach their destination.

Meanwhile, official sources at the district administration said efforts are underway to clear blockages in the drains and rivulets to allow the rainwater to flow out.

However, it is noteworthy that GMC and other bodies have been making similar claims since past many months and the district administration had even asked various departments to form plans to deal with monsoon floods. The rainfall was reported to be of 11.5 mm.

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