Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government is looking for engineering solutions to make the city of Guwahati free from flash floods.
“Discussed modalities to make Guwahati flood-free and decided to bring in engineering solutions to flash flood and water logging problem in the city,” Sarma tweeted after a meeting with government officials.
Sarma said the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration, Guwahati Municipal Corporation and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority will work in tandem to widen the filthy and polluted Bharalu river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra which flows through the city.
All illegal encroachments on both sides of the three rivers – Bharalu, Basistha and Bahini will be cleared, the chief minister said. Basistha and Bahini flow through the southern periphery of Guwahati city.
Both Baistha and Bahini are choked at different places in Guwahati because of the rapid and un-scientific urbanization.
Clearing of encroachments on the three water-carrying channels of the city and de-siltation are also are also being given priority, Sarma said.
The CM said de-siltation of water-carrying channels and drains will be done on a war footing while all the pumping stations will be revamped and two more will be built.
Garbage bins and CCTVs will be installed across the city and requested the city dwellers to be extra careful while dumping garbage.