GUWAHATI, DEC 5: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government is exploring engineering solutions to make the state’s largest city, Guwahati free from flood.
He said clearing of encroachments on water-carrying channels of the city and de-siltation are also being given priority.
After a meeting with officials, CM Sarma tweeted, “Discussed modalities to make Guwahati flood-free and decided to bring in engineering solutions to flash flood and water logging problem in the city,’’.
He said all the pumping stations will be revamped and two more will be built.
Sarma said the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration, Guwahati Municipal Corporation and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority will take up a widening project of the Bharalu river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra which flows through the city.
Street of Guwahati flooded
All illegal encroachments on both sides of Bharalu, Basistha and Bahini will be cleared, he said.
Basistha and Bahini are two rivulets that flow through Guwahati.
Sarma said that de-siltation of water-carrying channels and drains will be done on a war footing.
Every year during monsoon, Guwahati has been badly affected due to waterlogging. The streets of Guwahati were submerged with water and the water could not go out due to the poor drainage system.