Development of Borsola Beel a distant dream
GUWAHATI: The development of Borsola Beel that stretches over 25 acres of area in the Ward 9 and 14 of the city has been pending for over a decade.
The project to develop the same was taken up by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority but saw no progress. Later with the selection of Guwahati to be developed as a Smart City under the Smart City Mission in 2016, it came under the ambit of Guwahati Smart City Limited a special purpose vehicle for the Central and state government.
However, after two years, only progress the project saw was the completion of its detailed project report (DPR).
According to the DPR, the water of the beel would be cleaned and its grounds would be strengthened. A sewage treatment plant having a capacity of 15 million litres daily would be set up, new bridges, walkways along the
bridges, and other beautification works on the banks are some of the works to be done.
“We have only heard talks and seen DPRs so far, while the condition of the Beel is degrading with each passing day. The foul stench around has made living here almost impossible. We are embarrassed to invite anybody to our house now. We have lost faith in the authorities now. We will only believe when some real work will be done,” said a resident Kangkan Bora.
Due to improper management of solid waste and absence of sewerage network, this Beel has become a dumping ground. Quality of water is very poor. Unchecked growth of algae has taken over the lake surface.
“Due to the beel, this area is also infested by mosquitoes which have made this place prone to vector-borne diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue. Pollution in the beel has increased so much that even the ground water is affected due to the same,” said Satyen Kalita.
Cleaning underway at Borsola Beel | G Plus Photo