Dibrugarh public continue to dump garbage in drains Staff correspondent DIBRUGARH, March 20 After prolonged public resentment over recurring waterlogging and deplorable roads in Dibrugarh, the municipal area here is now getting a facelift with new sewerage system and fine roads.
About Rs 20 crore has been spent to do away with the perennial artificial flood as well as develop roads in and around Dibrugarh.
Urban development in the city has received additional central assistance fund of Rs 8 crore while the PWD (Roads and Drains) is in receipt of Rs 8.29 crore, besides Rs 3 crore for the flood damage repair works. Repair of roads and construction of drains as evident in various parts of the municipal area is going on in conjunction. Hundreds of skilled and unskilled labourers are sweating it out to complete the works ahead of the impending monsoons.
However, whether the under-construction improved sewerage will serve its purpose is a big question. Given the fact that people are continuing to dispose of wastes in the municipal drains, the developed sewerage systems will be of no use, as the drains would remain clogged. Despite campaigns and invocation of Section 144 CrPC to prevent throwing of solid wastes in the drains, garbage disposal in drains have continued.
The newly constructed drains near the twin cinema halls in the main market and along the R K B Path have already been filled with plastic, silt, coconut shells, construction and demolition waste, salon waste, papers and empty packets of assorted food items, thus preventing the flow in the drains.
Prasanta Phukan, the local MLA regretted that the improved sewerage system would go waste if it failed to serve the purpose for lack of civic sense on the part of the people living in Dibrugarh. He said that every citizen in Dibrugarh must be made aware about the adverse effect of throwing garbage in the municipal drains. The administration should also be stringent in the matter, Phukan suggested.