Flash floods hit Tinsukia

Waterlogging of arterial roads here in less than an hour of heavy showers on Thursday exposed this Upper Assam town's lack of preparedness to combat flash floods.

By Rishu Kalantri in Tinsukia
  • Published 22.06.18
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Tinsukia: Waterlogging of arterial roads here in less than an hour of heavy showers on Thursday exposed this Upper Assam town's lack of preparedness to combat flash floods.

A portion of busy AT Road, which houses the ASTC bus stand and winger stand, was under a feet of water. Stretches of GNB Road, Rangagora Road, Makum Road, Missionpara, Khageswar Road and areas under ward 3 and 4 were also submerged. The water receded over the next couple of hours, leaving garbage from the drain scattered all over,

Priyanka Nandy, a local resident wading through the stretch, said, "Not even 45 minutes of rainfall, and the road is submerged with dirty drain water. The municipality and district administration are not doing their jobs, as a result of which we are suffering."

Vishal Thard, a resident, posted on Facebook, "Pathetic condition of ward number 3. We are living in a complete unhygienic life and suffering....Is that the reason we pay taxes to the government - to live in such a horrible condition?"

Another resident, Priush Agarwal, said, "The town's drains are in a bad shape despite crores of rupees being spent on a master drain project 10 years ago."

Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi had laid the foundation stone of the Rs 13.91-crore project, covering all the 15 wards of Tinsukia town, in November 2007. It was to be implemented by the Tinsukia Development Authority.

However, not a single year has gone by since when the town has not suffered artificial floods during the monsoon, immensely inconveniencing pedestrians and commuters.

Chinmoy Sarmah, another resident, blamed illegal constructions that block drains for the flash floods. For this, he blamed "rampant corruption in Tinsukia Municipal Board".

All attempts to speak to the board's assistant engineer J.P. Das and deputy commissioner Oinam Sarankumar Singh proved futile.