Jorabat awaits govt study for mitigation of water logging
GUWAHATI: The state government has admitted that rainwater flowing down from the Meghalaya hills and flooding the areas in Guwahati has become a perennial problem of the city.
Dispur, laden with a new task, asked Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) to carry out a detailed study to mitigate the problem.
GMDA and ASDMA will also take help of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and water experts to carry out the said study.
“Heavy flow of rain water from Meghalaya has diminished the capacity of the drain to carry water. A detailed study report has been asked from GMDA, ASDMA, IIT and water experts. The main task of preparing the study has been assigned to ASDMA. Ideas like channeling the water to other big drains and Deepor Beel and other wetlands are also in the pipeline,” a source in GMDA said.
Officials at GMDA are of the view that long term measures taken by government has helped ease water logging problem in areas like Anil Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Nabin nagar, RG Baruah Road etc.
“To check the problem arising out of the Meghalaya water in the Dispur area, the PWD has taken up a project to construct 57 drains at the cost of Rs 84 crores. The storm water will be drained out through Bondajaan on to Deepor Beel. A diversion drain is being built from Bahini River to Silsako. Drains are also in building process on the Khanapara-ISBT-Pamohi-LGBI airport stretch by PWD (NH),” sources said.
Residents blame unscientific construction of drains
It is to be mentioned that smart showers in the few months mainly of the monsoon season had triggered flash floods near the flyover at the Jorabat tri-junction leading to vehicles being stranded in the deluge.
The Kamrup (Metro) district administration conducted a five-day eviction drive across a 5.6 km stretch in the area to clear a rivulet near the national highway up to Byrnihat on the Assam-Meghalaya border, dismantling 220 structures in the process.
Residents, on the other hand, revealed that the problem of water logging is not new and moreover has haunted them every monsoon for the past seven to eight years.
They said that not even a smart shower is necessary; rather a few minutes of rain were enough to inundate the whole area. Some are blaming unscientific construction in the area as the root cause.
“The area which witnesses water logging and floods is low lying and on top of that the clogged drain is adding to the woes. A shower of a minute or two is enough to drown the whole place. There is hardly any way for the water to take its natural course. Besides, there is a culvert which needs to be raised as well,” a resident said.
Residents also blamed it on encroachment on the hills, improper drainage and rainwater flowing from the hills of Meghalaya as factors that contribute to the deluge.
All Assam Students’ Union, Kamrup metro unit general secretary, Dibyajyoti Medhi has blamed the authorities for the water logging problem at Jorabat. He alleged that to suit the interests of some high profile business establishments, authorities concerned had changed the detailed project report multiple times before construction of the flyover. “The elevation level of the ends of the flyover is much higher than necessary than the middle portion of the flyover. The areas that are witnessing floods are kept low while constructing the flyover earlier. The nearby residents and commuters are facing life threats now,” Medhi told G Plus in a statement.
“We have reminded the authorities that the drain from Jorabat to Byrnihat is less than six feet wide in some stretches as against 20 to 22 feet prescribed on the map. The water carrying capacity of the drain has been diminished. Moreover, earth cutting on the hills of Meghalaya aggravated the problem further resulting in clogging of the outlets by mud after a shower,” he said.
The union leader, however, said that an AASU delegation met the Deputy Commissioner (Kamrup Metro), apprised him of the problem and requested him to take up the matter with his counterpart in the neighbouring Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya.
The Jorabat tri-junction connects Guwahati, the gateway to the northeast, to Meghalaya and Mizoram on one side, and to Upper Assam on the other.