GUWAHATI, Dec 5 - Working towards permanent solution of the perennial urban flood problem of Guwahati, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has initiated measures for raising the height of the guard wall along the Bharalu rivulet. The State government has already sanctioned Rs 53,79,000 for the purpose.
The existing guard wall, which has been damaged partially, would be raised along both sides of Bharalu from Jonali point to the GS Road bridge. The work is supposed to be completed before the next monsoons.
“The GMDA had undertaken an initiative for a comprehensive drainage and sewerage system to address urban flooding. Important issues like development of the water bodies, drainage network, silt trap, garbage trap, diversion of floodwater, pumping arrangements, etc, would be addressed in a comprehensive manner,” GMDA Chairman Dhiren Baruah said.
The flood mitigation preparedness is being supervised by Additional Chief Secretary of the Guwahati Development Department MGVK Bhanu. Recently, the preparation for urban flood mitigation was reviewed in detail with necessary instructions to various departments concerned on different aspects of the issue, like encroachment on the proposed route of the second water exit channel in Guwahati, cleaning of railway culverts, maintenance of the pumping stations and keeping them ready for operation at any hour without any breakdown.
On the other hand, Rs 2.20 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of concrete silt trap with silt removal arrangements on Bharalu near the ASTC Central Depot. The work includes design, drawing and construction of the silt trap on a pilot basis.
The GMDA is involved in a bigger and planned way to develop the water bodies to address urban flooding, maintaining ecological balance in and around the city dredging, cleaning and de-siltation of Silsako, Bondajan, Sarusola and Borsola beels, and the Pamohi channel up to Deepor beel.