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Jorhat mulls steps to check waterlogging

- Deputy commissioner directs departments to jointly prepare drainage plan

Jorhat, July 29: Jorhat deputy commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant has directed all departments to coordinate in preparing a drainage plan to prevent waterlogging in the town.

A dawn-to-dusk preliminary assessment by different departments led by Solanki yesterday identified areas where new drains were required to be constructed and old drains needed to be widened.

“The town and country planning department is preparing a planned sewerage system but in the meantime, departments like the Jorhat Municipal Board, Jorhat Development Authority, PWD and water resources will work in coordination to construct drains inside localities and in flood-prone areas, taking into consideration the gradient of the land, in the next few weeks,” Solanki told The Telegraph.

He said the eviction carried out by the administration over the past 10 days to clear natural waterways of encroachment so that they can be widened to their natural width would begin again after Id.

Till now, about 200 obstructions, including boundary walls, toilets, storehouses, tea stalls, trees, bamboo bushes and residences, have been cleared along the Tocklai and Tarajan rivulets.

Solanki said the eviction would continue along both the rivulets, till the point where the Tocklai branches into the Athubhoga Jan stream and further till the waterbody into which Athubhoga Jan drains and then flows northwest to meet the Brahmaputra.

Samiran Borah, circle officer (East), who had accompanied the assessment team said the areas which were identified as prone to waterlogging after a heavy shower were those near Navin Pustakalaya, the SP’s office, Choladhora, Tarajan, Kakati Gaon, Sonari Gaon, Jail Road, Malow Ali, Raja Maidam New Colony, among others.

“Highrises have been and are being constructed in a number of these places but most of these do not have proper drainage systems. Waterlogging is compounded by the large number of buildings that have sprouted in Jorhat in the past five years or so,” Bora said.

He said the Jorhat Municipal Board is already constructing a drainage system along the road on which the JB College is located but, henceforth, all drains will be constructed in consultation with other departments.

The deputy commissioner yesterday also directed the Jorhat Development Authority to make another entrance to the private bus stand opposite ISBT on AT Road here, as private buses, Wingers and other vehicles clog the main road, leading to chaos on the road to the west of the town since the bus stand has just one entrance and exit.

The Jorhat Development Authority which runs this terminus has agreed to construct the second entrance by August so that vehicles can move freely, Bora said.