Major eviction drive begins in Guwahati to clear water bodies

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 22:33

Guwahati: Following death of 11 persons in last week`s flood in the state capital following heavy rains, the government on Monday started a major eviction drive across the city to clear the wetlands.

Kamrup Metro district administration has been clearing the encroachments on both sides of the Bharalu river, the tributary flowing through the city, since this morning, Assam Commissioner and Secretary (Political) Prateek Hajela said.

Along with this, the administration is demolishing the illegal houses constructed on the Silsako lake in the city, he added.

"Our main objective is to clear the water flow route through the city. That is why we are targeting the Bharalu at the first step. Wetlands are also very important and so Silsako is being cleared," Hajela told reporters at the spot.
He ruled out giving any relief or temporary accommodation to the displaced people saying that it will not be done as they were encroachers on government land.

After this, the authorities will start eviction of illegal occupiers on the banks of Basistha river and on the hills surrounding the city, he added.

Kamrup Metro Additional Deputy Commissioner Bharat Bhushan Choudhury is leading the eviction drive in association with Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority and Guwahati Municipal Corporation.

A large number of police personnel are also present in all the places to avoid any resistance and untoward incidents.

So far, nearly 50 illegal houses have been demolished across different places in the city.
Besides, GMC has directed all government and private establishments to arrange dustbins in their premises and not to throw wastes in the Bharalu river.

Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had warned
that encroachment of government land on the hills and water bodies in Guwahati would not be allowed and the authorities would deal firmly with those living there.

He had asked the district administration and concerned departments to free all water channels from obstruction for free flow of water from the city.

At least 11 persons died in the worst ever flood in Guwahati last week, official sources said adding that heavy rains led to water logging in many areas, including Anil Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Dispur, Rajgarh, Zoo Road, G S Road, GNB Road and Bhagagarh.

PTI

First Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 22:33

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