'We can't assume that floods won't be there. A spell of rains inundates roads in New Delhi. We did our duty.' — Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 15: As though the Rain God has refused to accept the prayer of Assam’s Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu, heavy rains lashed Guwahati last night, inundating many areas.
City areas like Anil gar, bin gar, Tarun gar etc., were inundated by rain waters last night, affecting around 500 families. Some of the houses, according to the affected families, had knee-deep water.
According to the affected people, the helpline numbers given were rung, but there was no succour as the district administration failed to do anything worthwhile. As though to cap it all, one of the water pumps placed by the district administration went out of order last night.
The bin gar Unyan Samity and the Anil gar Mahila Samity demanded of the administration to divert the water coming to their areas from Sarania to the Bharalu via Rajgarh Road. They demanded the diversion of waters coming from the Chandmari area also.
Taking the advantage of the situation, rickshaw pullers charged fares ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 300. The administration did provide ten rickshaws in the Anil gar-bin gar areas.
Meanwhile, Bhanu and Kamrup (M) DC M Angamuhtu visited the flood-affected areas in the city from early morning.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: “We can’t assume that floods won’t be there. A spell of rains inundates roads in New Delhi. We did our duty.”
When asked by reporters about the assurances given by Bhanu, Gogoi said: “I don’t know what assurances he has given. Will I do according to what Bhanu says?”
Bhanu, on the other hand, said: “Our efforts have paid off. Rain waters didn’t stay longer in the inundated areas.”