| Commuters travel in rickshaws through a waterlogged road in Guwahati. (PTI) |
Guwahati, Aug. 28: Dispur has chalked out a slew of measures to tackle artificial floods in the cities and major towns of Assam.
“The state government has decided to proactively devise strategies and implement measures to thwart or at least mitigate the effects of such floods in these urban centres,” an official source said.
The state executive committee of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority chaired by state chief secretary Jitesh Khosla after a meeting directed the different departments concerned to prepare comprehensive flood management plans for all the major urban areas of the state.
“Each such flood management plan will not only analyse the root causes behind flooding, but also delineate short, medium and long-term strategies to gradually eradicate the occurrences of floods therein,” the source said.
In this regard, the urban development department has been given the responsibility to co-ordinate with the administration and municipal bodies in the districts, while the water resources department and PWD will provide the necessary assistance.
The departments have been asked to also prepare stormwater drainage plans for the major cities immediately, and consequent measures taken accordingly to ensure free flow of stormwater out of the cities,” the source said.
The plan also includes cleaning and desilting of the major drains of Jorhat and Dibrugarh and the excess water pumped out there from. The PWD and the respective municipal bodies will take necessary action while the district administration concerned will co-ordinate in this regard.
In Kamrup metro district, the administration is taking long-term measures for diversion of the Bharalu and Bahini water channels.
“We have started diversion of the Bahini towards Basistha and thereafter to Deepor Beel. Likewise, we are activating the Mora Bharalu at Fatasil Ambari and channelising the water towards Deepor Beel,” Kamrup metro deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu told The Telegraph today.
“Water from areas such as Chandmari and Geetanagar is being diverted towards Noonmati. Vertical turbine pumps are being placed in the vulnerable areas to pump out water,” Angamuthu said.
In towns like Jorhat and Dibrugarh, the water resources department will arrange additional sewerage pumps to drain out water.