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Sarma spells out mantra to appease Rain God

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Artificial drains in the pipeline to tame Guwahati water-logging

* An artificial cal from the Pibco Point to Silsaku Beel.

* A concrete drain from Mix Mile to Chandan gar along the VIP Road.

* Another drain from the backside of the P & RD Office at Panjabari to Silsaku Beel.

* A drain from the Veteriry College campus to Dispur Circle Office to divert the water of the Bashistha River.

* A drain from Udalbakra to Morabharalu.

* Installation of additiol pumps at Bonda, Bharalu and Lachit gar pumping stations.

* Increasing the water-holding capacities of Sorusola, Borsola, Silsaku Beel, Pamohi and Deepor Beel.

The minister made it clear that the responsibility of looking after the execution of the entire plan has been entrusted to Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu.

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 19: Guwahati Development Department (GDD) Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the State Assembly today that the department had a two-pronged strategy in sight to go for a total solution to the water-logging problem in Guwahati, of course after this monsoon season.

Responding to a call attention notice from AGP legislator Ramendra rayan Kalita, Sarma said: “We’ve an overall plan for Guwahati and a number of area-specific plans to tame water-logging in the city. The lack of a uniform policy is because the reasons behind water-logging in the city are not one and the same. Since the problems are diverse in ture, they don’t have connections to one another.”

On funds to translate the plan into a reality, Sarma said: “We’ve already approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a proposal of Rs 400 crore, and the proposal is at its fil stage. We want to stop the spending of crores of rupees in the me of cleaning the choked drains in the city by different agencies. Now on only Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) will be entrusted to clean the choked drains.”

On the problem of plastic garbage, Sarma said: “We’ve a tangible solution to this problem. We’ve had talks with the oil refineries to make oil by compressing plastic materials. We’ll appeal to the people not to throw plastic materials here and here, but to keep them and hand over to the government. They’ll be paid for the plastic collected.”

Sarma said that to get rid of the problem of water flow from Meghalaya is a big one. “Water from the hills and brooks of Meghalaya has complicated the problem of water-logging in Guwahati. We’ve a plan to tackle the problem. It will take two-three years to get rid of the problem,” he said.

According to Sarma, the tangible plan to divert the flow of waters that come from the Meghalaya side is a series of drains to turn the Bahini river at certain stretches. The artificial drains, according to Sarma, are –

* An artificial cal from the Pibco Point to Silsaku Beel.

* A concrete drain from Mix Mile to Chandan gar along the VIP Road.

* Another drain from the backside of the P & RD Office at Panjabari to Silsaku Beel.

* A drain from the Veteriry College campus to Dispur Circle Office to divert the water of the Bashistha River.

* A drain from Udalbakra to Morabharalu.

* Installation of additiol pumps at Bonda, Bharalu and Lachit gar pumping stations.

* Increasing the water-holding capacities of Sorusola, Borsola, Silsaku Beel, Pamohi and Deepor Beel.

The minister made it clear that the responsibility of looking after the execution of the entire plan has been entrusted to Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu.

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