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GMC to act tough with builders, contractors
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Aug 12 – With the practice of dumping construction materials like sand, gravel and bricks on the roadside continuing unabated in the city, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is going to tighten its noose on the contractors and builders who dump such materials on the roadside.

According to GMC Joint Commissioner Ratul Baruah, the Corporation would not hesitate to confiscate the sand, pebbles and other things, if the owners do not remove it from the roadside despite a warning and imposition of fine.

With development works going on in every area of the city, new structures are being constructed for residential and commercial purposes. Whereas the big construction sites make space to store the essential building materials, the builders of smaller projects often violate the law and heap sand, bricks, etc., on the roads.

Accumulation of construction materials do not just affect the smooth traffic flow, but it also poses a threat to the lives of the commuters. There are several instances of bikes and bicycles skidding on gravel and sand, which could be fatal at times. Many such heaps could be seen in Tarun Nagar, Ulubari, Pub Sarania Road, Lachit Nagar and other parts of the city.

“Dumping any construction material, debris, or obstructing any part of the public road is illegal and the person doing it is liable to pay a fine depending on the space covered by the said item and duration of the encroachment,” said Baruah.

“Our enforcement branch is always on the look out for such defaulters and they are fined on the spot. If the owner of such objects does not remove it for a longer period, we would definitely seize the material and clear the roadsides,” he added.

He also urged the public to inform the Corporation about any such violation.

“The narrow lanes and bye- lanes of the city are worst hit by this practice as it creates bottlenecks on the roads. Moreover, such things clog the drains during the rains and it results in waterlogging,” said a resident of Rajgarh area.

The residents also complained about the parking of trucks etc., carrying construction materials on the roadside during the day, which causes inconvenience to the commuters.

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