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Guwahati bearing the brunt of water from Meghalaya

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

our Correspondent

DIMORIA, July 20: The tiol Highway-37 came under water at various places like Ten Mile and Eleven Mile today along the Meghalaya border. A heavy downpour in the area and its upstream in Meghalaya inundated the road, halting vehicular traffic to a standstill. The heavy rain was at 12 noon. As though to cap it all, water also came down in babbling brooks from the Meghalayan hills and inundated the highway in no time. The traffic srl that followed continued for hours. This is a common problem in the area for the past two years whenever there are heavy rains. The local people blame it the tiol Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for their shoddy works in various stretches of the four-lane highway. The NHAI gave away the contract of the four-lane highway to MBL, a construction company that is blamed for its shoddy works. The worst, according to the local people, is that the drains constructed by MBL are not scientific. What happens is that water that cascade down from the hills does not go through the drains but goes over the road. Kamrup(M) DC and his Ri-Bhoi counterpart had visited the area last year and made arrangement for drains. What is unfortute is that the works of the Assam side of the highway progressed to an extent but works in the stretch in the Meghalaya side is yet to be started. Now water from Meghalaya is problem for Assam. In today’s water-logging water was flowing over the three-foot-high divider of the highway.

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