GUWAHATI: The initiatives of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on rainwater harvesting (RWH) and ground water recharging (GWR) towards urban flood management and water conservation in Guwahati were discussed at a meeting here at ASDMA conference hall on Tuesday.
According to a press release, the meeting was chaired by Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and Disaster Management Department Kumar Sanjay Krishna.
Discussing the presentation on rain water harvesting and ground water recharging by Ashok Kumar Barman, R&DM Department’s Additional Secretary; Rajesh Dutta, Engineering consultant, ASDMA, on existing implementation status in Guwahati city and involvement of various stakeholders, it was suggested that Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) should implement the existing clauses of Guwahati building by-laws. The by-laws have provisions to make RWH and GWR compulsory for all the builders and the same should be enforced in Guwahati city.
Moreover, importance should be given to awareness generation campaign to sensitize the general people in this regard. The presentation further emphasized on how RWH and GWR can bring some solutions to urban flooding by way of preventing runoff water from households/establishments to flow and flood the drains and thereby causing artificial flood. Simple RWH structure could also help replenish ground water level thereby facilitating the availability of water during lean season, the release said.
The meeting was also attended by the Commissioner and Secretary of Revenue and Disaster Management (R&DM) Department, Chief Executive Officer of ASDMA Aruna Rajoria, Chief Executive Officer of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority Moloy Bora and various senior officials from Government departments and agencies.