GUWAHATI, May 17 - Residents of Pension Para Road (Ward No. 12) and the southern and eastern parts of Silpukhuri (Ward No. 13) here have long felt the absence of proper drainage and sewage facilities in their respective localities. Though the construction of the Pension Para Road got under way some time back, the work has been progressing at a tardy pace, local residents rued. They have been facing a lot of inconvenience as the road is full of potholes and has become slushy due to rains. As construction materials have been dumped on the road, motorists are also facing a lot of problems. “The roads in southern and eastern parts of Silpukhuri are in a pathetic condition as these have been dug up by the GMDA for laying water pipes,” complained a local resident.
It may be mentioned here that the sewage and drainage problems plaguing these areas have not been resolved till date. Though the drains along the main road are cleaned, the small drains along the lanes and bylanes are seldom maintained regularly. If immediate steps are not taken by the authorities concerned before the monsoon season, artificial floods are likely to create havoc in these areas.
Due to increased awareness, the drains are not littered as they were earlier, but as regular cleaning works are not undertaken in the localities including Gandhibasti, these (the drains) are likely to get clogged, a resident pointed out. This may spell disaster during the rainy season.
The local residents hope that the new Government will look into these aspects and take adequate steps for proper sewage disposal under the Swachh Bharat programme.