GUWAHATI, Nov 9 � The Kamrup Metro district administration has completed work on the greater part of the newly-widened drain from Lalmati to ISBT along National Highway 37 along the city.
Official sources said that work on around 5 km stretch, out of the total 6.6 km long drain, has been completed and the rest would be completed soon.
�It involves widening the drain, excavation work and removal of encroachments. Once our part of the job is done, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will take over and give the finishing touch,� a senior official said.
Over 40 rounds of evictions have been conducted during the work on the drainage system and dozens of illegal structures have been removed and squatters evicted, he added.
It is noteworthy that the civic administration has this time decided to continue work during the dry season on measures to prevent artificial flooding, which is a serious problem in the city during monsoon period.
The district administration started work on construction of the drain from Lalmati to ISBT along the National Highway 37 in mid-October.
The drain will have a width of 4-5 metre and once completed the flow of rain water to natural water bodies will increase manifold.
Senior officials from the district administration, besides from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Water Resources department, Irrigation department and ASEB are overseeing the project.
A plan is being prepared to divert flood water from Dispur and Hatigaon areas by means of this drain during the monsoon season.
Meanwhile, work has also been undertaken for drainage to take rain water to Deepor Beel via Pamohi. It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has formed an expert group to find a permanent solution to the problem of urban flooding in Guwahati. The group will submit its report within six months on long-term measures to be adopted for dealing with the issue, while earlier this week it suggested certain short-term measures for immediate consideration.
MGVK Bhanu, principal secretary to the Chief Minister, had earlier said that by March-April the long-term plan would be prepared and added that it would take around five years to comprehensively implement the long-term measures if adequate funds are provided.