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‘Free water bodies from encroachment’
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 24 – The Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has appealed the State government to make all the water bodies and drainage channels of Guwahati free from encroachment.

 "Government should take sincere steps to solve the ever increasing civic problems of the city. Though state government has taken many steps in the name of development of Guwahati city, still, the main problems of the capital city have not been properly addressed," said the SGBG president Dhiren Baruah through a press statement.

The work of development of Guwahati has been mainly entrusted upon the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), PWD and the Guwahati Development Department (GDD). But unfortunately, none of the institutions have been able to solve any of the major civic problems of the city, the NGO alleged.

“The drainage system of Guwahati still remains a big problem for the city. Recently, we have come to know that State government is preparing an integrated drainage scheme for greater Guwahati. We urge the State government and the department concerned to start the work on this project as soon as possible. Moreover, this scheme should also include the underground drainage and sewerage system of the city,” Baruah added.

Mentioning that large-scale encroachment on the natural water channels of the city is aggravating the water logging problem, the NGO asked the government to remove all types of encroachments from these areas.

“Sarusola beel, Borsola beel, old Professors' Colony and parts of Bharalu River bank have been encroached by unauthorized people, but the authorities are not taking any step to evict these people,” the statement mentioned.

The NGO also asked state government to complete the schemes meant for solving the problem of drinking water in the city, protect the open spaces available in the city, strengthen the transport system, improve the conservancy system, repair the damaged roads of the city and protect the Deepor beel.

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