GUWAHATI, Dec 1 – The State Government’s statements on the Deepor Beel Management Authority have been alleged to be deceitful.
It appears from the replies of the Department of Environment and Forests of the State Government and the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Wildlife to the RTI petitions filed by RTI-cum-environment activist Rohit Choudhury that the State Government is not at all serious in conserving this important wetland, which is the lone Ramsar Site Wetland of the State.
The State Government is allegedly making statements on the preservation of this famous wetland to mislead the public.
The State Public Information Officer (SPIO) of the Divisional Forest Officer of the Guwahati Wildlife Division told Choudhury on October 20 last – “… as on date no copy of such notification notifying Deepor Beel Management Committee by the Govt of Assam has been received by this office. Hence the status report of the matter may be furnished by the Government of Assam.”
On November 5 last, the State Public Information Officer of the PCCF and Head of Forest Force of the State told Choudhury that it had no information on the State Wetland Management Authority. Choudhury has been advised by the SPIO to seek the information on the Authority from the State Government.
Choudhury sought information as to whether the State Government has formed any State Wetland Authority for preserving the wetlands of the State. And if it is formed, Choudhury sought a copy of the notification or the office memorandum of its formation.
He also sought the information on the number of meetings held by the Wetland Authority since its formation and names and designation of its members along with the minutes of the meetings of the Wetland Authority.
Meanwhile, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has been using the West Boragaon Garbage Processing Site to dump and treat the municipal solid waste (MSW) of Guwahati city, which is allegedly harming the Deepor Beel wetland ecosystem.
At present, the GMC is producing 100 MT of compost fertiliser per day in two shifts, each producing 50 MT, at the site using the infrastructure created by the Guwahati Waste Management Company Pvt Ltd.
The GMC has plans to enhance its capacity to 200 MT of compost fertiliser per shift in 2015. In a day, there will be two shifts for the purpose.