GMC spends hefty amount on Cleaning, Maintaining River Channels in Guwahati
GUWAHATI | According to the details availed from the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the chief engineer branch received a grant of Rs 75 crores in 2018 to develop the drainage system and major river channels.
The GMC prepared a three-year plan (2018-20) to assess the drainage system of the city, de-silt the drains and clean the river channels utilising the fund.
In the first year, GMC spent hefty amounts of money to clean and de-silt the major river channels in the city.
After identifying the areas which get affected by urban floods during rainy season, the GMC also took steps for flood mitigation.
In the second year, that is, 2019, the GMC has focussed on cleaning and maintaining the drains and river channels.
A GMC source said, “De-silting has been done at 330 drains and five major river channels of the city (Bharalu, Bahini, Lakhimijan, Basistha and Mora Bharalu) were cleaned this year,” adding that even masonry guard walls were constructed near some river channels.
The source further informed that for 2019, cleaning and de-silting works of these rivers have been completed and maintenance works are currently on-going.