BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Sept 24: Rampant erosion by the Bahini and the Basistha river in Bangaon (Manjhipara) area of Beltola has now raised concern of the local residents. The river is now eroding the right embankment rapidly.
It may be mentioned that, the Bahini and Basistha river flows together through Bangaon for which the force of the river is at peak in this area specially during rainy season. It has been also learnt that, during the cleanliness drive carried out by Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu earlier this year, a spur on the right bank got loosened following which the road cum embankment got vulnerable to erosion.
It may be noted that this road leads to many schools and villages and if it is washed away completely, apart from inundating a large part of Beltola area, it will also cause immense problem to students as well as the local residents.
It has been alleged that, though the Water Resources department recently initiated the process to construct an artificial spur in the area, the work was not completed.
Talking to The Sentinel, councilor of the area, Bhagya Teron said that the guard wall constructed to support an RCC bridge rrowed the river, following which it started eroding the embankment. “I took the matter to the Water Resources department, the Executive Engineer surveyed the area and ordered to construct a spur. Though the department initiated the process and bamboos were also brought to the spot for the purpose, the spurs never happened,” he said.
Meanwhile, the local residents of the area slammed Dispur MLA Akon Bora and the government for neglecting the area. “The government and the local MLA Akon Bora is paying no heed to the problems of this area. The Water Resources department has been informed again and again, but they are taking no action to minimize the damage,” alleged a local resident.
On the other hand, after the media apprised Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu about the situation in the area, it has been learnt that Bhanu had instructed the district administration to visit the spot along with the officials of the Water Resources department.