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Team formed to survey drains in city

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 14 � As the anti-encroachment drive to clear up blockages leading to major water-bodies in the city completed 15 days today, the Kamrup Metro district administration has constituted a team for surveying the drains located in the low-lying areas as well as artificial flood-prone areas of Guwahati.

A senior district administration official told The Assam Tribune that the team has been asked to survey such localities in GS Road, Rajgarh Road, RG Baruah Road, VIP Road and its surrounding areas and to prepare an action plan within a month for cleaning and clearing of blockages in the drains, streams and rivulets.

�The committee has been constituted to ensure that the task is taken up in a professional and sustained manner. We want to ensure that the kind of deluge that Guwahati witnessed last month is not repeated. Besides, the action plan would complement the anti-encroachment drive being carried out in the city since last 15 days,� he said.

The team has as its members including Kamrup Metro Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Prakash Baruah, GMC Additional Commissioner Dayaram Rajbongshi, Water Resources department additional chief engineer PK Gogoi, and other senior civic officials.

While submitting its report the team will prioritize the works to be undertaken and take steps if immediate intervention is required in any issues relating to cleaning and clearing of drains.

�We expect the public to co-operate with the team and get in touch with them in case they want to convey any information,� the official said.

Meanwhile, during today�s drive the district administration demolished 40 shops, two illegally-built religious structures and three offices between Khanapara Rotary Club to SIRD point. Besides, over 3,000 metre length of drain was cleared along the National Highway 37 and over 20 illegally built slabs were demolished.

At Bahini river, 11 pucca houses and four boundary walls were demolished and about two bighas of land were cleared, while seven boundary walls were demolished at Hengrabari. In addition, some illegal structures were also evicted at Beltola�s Saurav Nagar.

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