KMSS squarely blames GMC and GMDA for rampant permission for buildings in Guwahati
GUWAHATI, June 29: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samittee (KMSS) president Akhil Gogoi demanded on Sunday that the government should ensure a proper study on the behaviour of the Brahmaputra and a proper drainage and sewerage project for Guwahati in the first place if the government is all interested to keep artificial floods in the state capital at bay.
Talking to newsmen in Guwahati on Sunday, Akhil Gogoi said: “The political parties in the State have engaged themselves in a blame game after the flash floods that lashed the city badly. What the parties talk about the artificial floods won’t lead us to the solution to the problem. The ground reality remains that the bed of the Brahmaputra is very shallow, and as such the river cannot hold the volume of water which the Bharalu river feeds it when there is heavy rains. A proper study on the behaviour of the mighty river is a must.”
The second reason behind the devastating deluge in Guwahati, according to the KMSS leader, is that there has been no drainage and sewerage system worth the name in Guwahati since the shifting of the state capital from Shillong to Guwahati. “In the absence of a proper drainage and sewerage system, such artificial floods are inevitable,” Akhil Gogoi said, and added: “The city needs a proper drainage system.”
The third reason behind recurring artificial floods in the city, according to Gogoi, is the erection of high–rise buildings in the wetlands in and around the city by big companies. Citing some examples, he said: “Tata Company has erected its Zinger Hotel on the Bahini river in the city. The canal which connects the Bahini river with the Shilsaku beel has been blocked by the building of Maria Public School. There was a beel between Gandhibasti and Silpukhuri near the rail line. Now three persons – Kailash Lohia, Birendra Kumar Choudhury and Phani Talukdar – have been erecting a seven–storeyed building there.”
The KMSS leader squarely blamed the GMDA and the GMC for the rampant issuance of permission for high–rise buildings in the city.
The KMSS leader also admitted the fact that rampant encroachment of land and digging activities by people also added to the problem. He said that the civic sense among the city denizens needed to be boosted to as to ensure a hassle–free civic life.
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