By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 21: Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu, who is also the Chairman of DDMA Kamrup (M), under the powers conferred upon him by the Disaster Magement Act 2005 constituted some teams for immediate removal of silt as well as encroachment on the entire stretch of the Bharalu and its bank.
Team I comprises Nodal Officer Chinmoy Prakash Phookan, SDO (Sadar) and Pankaj Bora, Assistant Commissioner, Kamrup (M) district from Joli Point to Sarapbhati.
Team II comprises Nodal Officer Rahul Das, SDO (Sadar), Kamrup (M) district and Damodar Barman, Circle Officer, Guwahati Revenue Circle, Karmup (M) form Sarapbhati to the confluence of Bharalu and Brahmaputra at Bharalumukh.
While the GMC Commissioner will provide all required logistic support like man and machineries for removal of the encroachment and de-siltation by the constituted teams, the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati City will provide adequate security force with women police persol for maintence of law and order in this regard.
Bharalu is one of the most important tural channels carrying a large volume of rain water from Guwahati city to the Brahmaputra. It has been observed that the carrying capacity of the river is reduced in recent times due to heavy siltation and illegal encroachment alongside the river restricting in the free flow of water, thereby causing severe inundation of the catchment area of the river.
There is immediate need of de-siltation of the Bharalu for removal of the silt for increasing the carrying capacity of flood water to avoid further havoc and loss of life and property created by urban flood in Guwahati city. Moreover, due to illegal encroachment on the bank of river Bharalu dredging and de-silting work has been hampered.