GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – PWD Minister Ajanta Neog today said that the Government was going to dredge the Bharalu and free it from encroachment in order to find a lasting solution to the perennial problem of artificial flood and waterlogging in the city.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) has been asked to clear the Bharalu and its banks from encroachment. Next we plan to dredge the river and fence its banks for preventing encroachment,” Neog said at a press conference.
To a query on the raising of the city’s road level every time a road is repaired, Neog said that the Government had recently fixed a road level for the city’s roads and henceforth that would be maintained.
A case has been pending in the Gauhati High Court in connection with the flouting of road level norms by the government authorities, especially the PWD.
“We have filed an affidavit clarifying our position, and road level norms will be strictly adhered to in future,” Neog said.
The minister also urged the citizens to cooperate with the Bharalu protection work for ensuring better civic amenities in the city.
Underscoring the need for greater coordination amongst the various departments and agencies entrusted with the upkeep of the city’s civic health and hygiene, she said that a concerted effort involving the departments and with the citizens’ cooperation, it would be possible to put in place an effective civic infrastructure in the State capital.