Guwahati, May 11: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today instructed officials of the Kamrup (metro) district administration to check encroachment in Deepor Beel, one of the main reason for the city’s increasing problem of waterlogging.
The instruction was given soon after Gogoi visited Gorchuk and the Deepor Beel wildlife sanctuary for inspection today.
Deepor Beel, a Ramsar site wetland on the city’s outskirts, used to serve as natural reservoir, till largescale encroachment, dumping of wastes and haphazard construction reduced its size considerably.
Gogoi instructed the officials of the revenue and disaster management department to take immediate steps to remove encroachers and to stop further issue of land sale deed to prevent haphazard growth of construction and destruction of green cover that have compounded the city’s water logging and flash floods problem.
“Land sale permission must not be allowed till the time of proper planning to prevent encroachment and haphazard construction in the Gorchuk and nearby areas,” Gogoi said.
Yesterday, he inspected the cleaning and other work being done by the district administration at several places following severe waterlogging in the city on Friday.
The chief minister blamed the encroachment on the hills in and around the city and throwing of garbage in the drains as two major reasons of waterlogging.
“Encroachment and construction of permanent structures on the wetland must not be allowed at any cost. Any official found violating the provisions of the Guwahati Water Bodies (Preservation and Conservation) Act, 2008, would be dealt with severely. The government will not compromise when it comes to freeing waterbodies from encroachers,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi, accompanied by Guwahati development department and PWD minister Ajanta Neog and senior officials visited the Gorchuk area in the morning and took stock of the situation there.
Neog, along with the commissioner and special secretary, PWD (roads), Mohon Chandra Boro, apprised the chief minister about the ongoing construction of Gorchuk-Rani Road, which is nearing completion.
The chief minister was also accompanied by his principal secretary, M.G.V.K. Bhanu.