GUWAHATI, June 27 � Keeping in view the recurring incidents of landslides in Guwahati, the District Administration, Kamrup (Metro) has constituted surveillance teams for all the 19 hills located in and around the city.
As part of its long term plan, the authority has also started landslide hazard zonation mapping initiative. Soil samples have already been collected from various areas which are identified as vulnerable.
The surveillance team will comprise the respective Circle Officer, Officer-in-Charge of the police station concerned, besides representatives from Guwahati Municipal Corporation, GMDA, Soil Conservation Department, Forest Department, NDRF and the SDRF.
�Experts from Assam Engineering College and the Assam Engineering Institute, besides Geology Department of the Gauhati University will provide technical support to the team,� informed Dhrubajyoti Das, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metro) while talking to media persons today.
�The teams will operate in tandem with local citizens� committees,� Das added.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metro) Ashutosh Agnihotri today convened a meeting to discuss the issues related to landslide. Deputy Superintendent of Police and Officer-in-charge of all the police stations of Guwahati representing all zones under Kamrup Metro attended the meeting.
Dr Diganta Goswami, Associate Professor, Assam Engineering College, while addressing the media, said that as mapping of areas will take some time, thrust should now be accorded more on short term solution. �We have suggested certain measures, which if followed, will mitigate the hazards to a certain extent,� Dr Goswami added.