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Protest over waterlogging

Silchar, May 13: Silchar municipality vice-chairman Bijendra Prasad Singh was yesterday gheraoed by the residents of this town near his office by at least three civic and youth organisations all agitating against waterlogging in the town.

These includedAll Cachar and Karimganj Students Association, Nagarik Shartha Raksha Sangram Samity and Church Road Road Development Committee.

The water resources department of state government had mooted a scheme of Rs 26 crore to expand the vast Longai Khal on the southeastern outskirts of this town.

A official of the local water resource department said the scheme, cleared three years ago, is yet to take off.

This town is afflicted by the annual waterlogging during the summer and monsoon months, which affects a large population inhabiting the southern flanks of the town as the low-lying Sonai Road, Chittaranjan Avenue and Chandicharan Road and also the downtown Shyama Prasad Mukherji Road rather adversely.

For the past three days, these areas have been under water for lack of proper drainage. This town has three drainage channels Longai Khal, Malini Beel and Basai Khal which drain the excess rainwater.

Cachar deputy commissioner G.K. Hazarika yesterday held a departmental meeting with the senior PWD officials, water resources department officials, Silchar municipality and town and country planning departments officials in his office chamber to address the waterlogging problem and stressed on the urgency of expediting the widening of Longai Khal.

Singh said a slew of schemes aimed at solving waterlogging is in the offing, and these include clearing footpaths of encroachment and removal of the illegally built culverts in south Silchar.