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Fresh plan needed to fight city flash floods
AJIT PATOWARY
 GUWAHATI, Sept 14 – A fresh survey of the Greater Guwahati areas should be undertaken and a drainage master plan or a detailed project report should be prepared, basing on the ground realities like the existing and proposed land use patterns, present topography etc to save the city from the problem of flash flood.

This is the observation made by the engineers of the Town and Country Planning (T&CP) Directorate here while talking to this correspondent.

The city needs a fresh plan to develop a proper and scientific drainage network to mitigate its problem of flash floods, they said on condition of anonymity.

The drainage network thus developed should be maintained properly and law should be strictly enforced so as to keep the drains free from garbage.

At the same time utmost care should be taken to keep intact the water bodies, natural channels and hills.

Moreover, there should be strict restrictions on keeping the road level, plot level and plinth level fixed in each of the areas according to their respective topography.

Development of built-up or concrete areas beyond the permitted limit should be strictly prohibited.

Rainwater harvesting for each individual campus should be made compulsory irrespective of the height of the structures and special measures should be taken to prevent soil erosion and to ensure reduced runoff in the hilly areas.

All development projects should be so designed that they do not disturb the natural flow regime and the monitoring system for keeping an eye on all these aspects should be a committed one, said the T&CP engineers.

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