Guwahati get ready for Flash Floods, Multiple Flood Relief Projects still stuck in DPR Stage

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Guwahati, February 13: With not more than 3 months left for the rainy season to start in Assam, measures ought to be taken to address the problem of the flash flood of Guwahati are still on papers.

In a reply to a query parliamentary affairs minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary revealed that till date only the Detail Project Report (DPR)s of the schemes under Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment programme(AUIIP) are underway.

Of the schemes under AUIIP DPR of rupees 68.27 cr. project of expansion and beautification of water outlets, strengthening of tributaries is underway. Even the increase in drainage pumping stations and sluice gate expansion project worth rupees 158.27 crore is still in the pipeline as DPR processing is on.

Tenders are yet to be floated for the rupees 37.89 crore project of clearing drainage systems of the city and for procurement of other machines.

Patowary let the house know the government is thinking of dredging of wetlands like Silsako, Bondajaan, Deepor Beel, Pamohi and Borsola to increase their capacity.

Patowary further said that Guwahati Municipal Corporation has decided to clear the streams and tributaries like Bhorolu, Mora Bhorolu, Basistha, Bahini, Lakhimijaan along with 335 other streams in and around the city. The state government has allocated rupees 7574.5938 lakh to GMC for the task.