By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, June 17: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has claimed that the artificial flood problem in Guwahati has been controlled to a large extent this year due to the initiatives undertaken by his government.
“We have been successful to a great extent in controlling the problem of artificial floods in Guwahati this year,” Gogoi said, after his administration, led by Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu, took several measures to mitigate water logging problem in the city.
The CM pointed out that water receded within five-six hours in areas where it used to stay for three/ four days in past years.
“We had demolished 1500 structures to clear water channels in the city. The people had criticized us then, but we went ahead with clearing these encroachments,” he said.
Gogoi added that desiltation was carried out and a round-the-clock control room opened so that engineers can get to work whenever any complaint of water logging is received.
“This is a continuous process. We will continue taking steps to ensure that the artificial flood problem recedes further,” Gogoi said.
Meanwhile, on the overall flood situation in the State, the CM claimed there has been a slight improvement in the situation of late.
Altogether 1.16 lakh people in 337 villages in 11 districts of the State are currently affected by floods.