JORHAT, Aug 2 - Officials and technical experts from the Water Resources department, Irrigation, Town and Country Planning, district administration and many others, including the members of a senior citizens� body, Jorhat Sachetan Nagarik Mancha, on Saturday started a survey at various localities here in a bid to solve the waterlogging problem in the town.
Some members of the surveyors� team said that during the first day of their visit to some densely-populated municipal areas of the town, they detected some clogged drains and encroachments in some major canals in the town. The water-carrying capacity of several drains in the urban localities has apparently decreased, as a lot of technical loopholes were left during their construction, a few years ago.
�From the DCB Road area to the location of Central College in Kenduguri we surveyed several drains on Saturday. Technical loopholes are apparent. We are trying to find out some solution for the massive water-logging problem in the town,� said a member of the team.
As the water-carrying capacity of the several drains and major canals and rivulets like Tarajan and Tocklaijan has reduced over the years, the existing drainage system could not carry the large amount of storm-water even from the main-locations of urban Jorhat leading to artificial flooding in several residential localities like Tarajan Kakotygaon, Soladhara, Dorongichuk, Kenduguri, Tarajan Brahmangaon, Rupali Nagar, Chandan Nagar, Bongalpukhuri, etc.
In the past four weeks, more than 250 residences and several government offices, schools and colleges were reeling under floodwaters as the existing drainage system could not flush out the storm water.
�The survey will continue for some days in different locations. We invited the Jorhat Municipal Board (JMB) to be a part of this surveyors� team. But they did not join, citing the ongoing strike of the municipal workers. A detailed list of area-wise problems along with practical solutions will be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner after completing the survey so that he orders an effective scheme for solving the problem,� said an Additional Deputy Commissioner.