Early measures to curb waterlogging

Workers clean a drain in Guwahati. Picture by Manash Das

Guwahati: Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal has ordered monitoring by magistrates to prevent waterlogging in the city during monsoon.

People have died in accidents because of waterlogging in the past.

To prevent electrocution deaths, Mittal also directed immediate switching off of power during storms and heavy rain and cutting protruding branches of trees near the main road after an immediate survey.

Apart from urging local committees in every circle to generate awareness about landslides and electrocution, he also directed companies working in water supply projects to take preventive measures. He also issued orders to make sure that manholes are covered on footpaths for the safety of pedestrians.

"Our magistrates will be assigned this duty. Each of them will monitor two or three wards. Managing waterlogging in the city mainly falls under the purview of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, but as the problem aggravates we have to take stern steps," Mittal said.

This time the magistrate of Kamrup (metro) will regularly inspect progress of work and take action against law violators.

While talking about preparations to prevent accidents during monsoon, he said: "I have already directed all departments concerned to take action to prevent accidents. We will work as a team; we will also take preventive measure for the protection of livestock. In all the 31 wards of Guwahati, the drainage system has to be prepared before the monsoon."

This time, the GMC has formulated a three-layered evaluation system of the drainage system. Under it, there will be three committees, one at the ward level under councillors, second, under a third party meaning under a government technical institute and finally, a high-level committee.


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