MANASH PRATIM DUTTA
GUWAHATI, July 11 - Altogether 12 localities under the Dispur revenue circle and nine localities under the Guwahati revenue circle are reeling under artificial floods. The situation turned worse in the past few hours on Thursday due to incessant rain, stated sources in the Kamrup Metro district administration.
The artificial flood-hit localities under the Dispur revenue circle are Nabin Nagar, Anil Nagar, Shree Nagar, Tarun Nagar, RG Baruah Road, Odalbakra, VIP Road, Narengi, Hatigaon, Dakhin Gaon, Jayanagar and Kahilipara.
Areas affected in the Guwahati revenue circle are Lachit Nagar, Rajgarh, BT College Road, Pandu, Chatribari, Lamb Road, Chandmari, Fatasil and Pub Sarania.
The present condition prevailing in the city has proved that all the decisions taken at the last meeting of ‘Mission Flood Free Guwahati’ have remained only on paper.
According to sources, the officials attending the ‘Mission Flood Free Guwahati’ meeting had pointed out a number of site-specific issues which are directly related to the waterlogging problem.
In course of the meeting the officials had stated that on the RG Baruah Road near the NRL petrol depot, waterlogging results quite easily as the roadside drain is very shallow and there is early overtopping of the road. Moreover, as the area is quite far from the footpath drain outlet near the Bharalu river, there is a need to construct a cross-culvert to mitigate the waterlogging problem.
It was also pointed out at the meeting that the stormwater that flows from GS Road to RG Baruah Road does not flow easily near the business outlet named Garima Marbles due to nonexistence of a cross-culvert.
Officials taking part in the meeting had also pointed out that waterlogging takes place easily behind the Shraddhanjali Kanan on RG Baruah Road as the defective gradient of the drain does not allow the water to flow easily.
In case of the Lachit Nagar area, the officials stated that waterlogging occurs due to the backflow of water from the Bharalu river. The area also lacks a sufficient drainage system. They had also pointed out that it is not feasible to carry out desiltation of the underground drain located on Lachit Nagar main road. Moreover, insufficient drainage system in Rajgarh area also contributes to waterlogging at Lachit Nagar. The backflow of the Bharalu during monsoon also causes waterlogging under the Bhangagarh flyover, it was pointed out at the meeting.
On Rupkonwar Path in Birubari locality, waterlogging is caused due to the water coming down from the nearby hill. The officials attending the meeting stated that water from the hillside first flows down to the footpath drain and then enters Rupkonwar Path through a cross-culvert. Just a small shower during monsoon is enough to cause waterlogging as the area is a very low-lying one and lacks sufficient drainage.
It was pointed out at the meeting that on RK Mission Road in Birubari area, waterlogging takes place as the roadside drain, which has a faulty gradient, cannot flush out the water into the Bharalu. The officials concerned also stated that the situation gets aggravated as it is not feasible to clean the agricultural field which is linked with the river Bharalu near the Ulubari Nursery and RK Mission inner drain. It was further pointed out that waterlogging on the Birubari main road occurs due to lack of a sufficient outlet.
Waterlogging also remains a serious matter of concern in Maligaon-Kamakhya area, the officials attending the meeting said.
Waterlogging on the stretch from DG Road to Maligaon overbridge takes place due to lack of adequate drainage. Lack of a proper drainage system is also responsible for waterlogging from Kamakhya main gate to Bhootnath on the southern side. This results in inundation of the area below the railway underbridge at Durga Sarobar and Bhootnath.
They further stated that in case of Tarun Nagar, waterlogging occurs due to obstruction posed by Jal Board’s pipeline. In case of Anil Nagar, waterlogging occurs due to low level of the road and due to poor condition of the drainage system. At Dakhin Gaon, artificial flood occurs due to the incomplete roadside drain. In case of Odalbakra-Kahilipara area, waterlogging occurs due to insufficient outlet pipe and cross-culvert on the main road and low carrying capacity of the inner drain.
On VIP road and Narengi area, waterlogging occurs due to lack of a proper concrete drainage system and low level of the footpath drain, the officials concerned informed at the meeting.