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Metro administration banned earth cutting and filling in Guwahati

Recently 20 were killed and several injured in a series of landslides in Barak Valley region of Assam

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Guwahati: The Kamrup (Metro) district administration on Wednesday banned any kind of earth cutting or filling activity in the hilly terrains, water bodies and in low lying areas of the district till monsoon is over. The order came in view of the grave situation arising out of the recent landslide incidents in and around Guwahati.

On June2, twenty people were killed and several injured in a series of landslides in three districts of the Barak Valley region of Assam. The capital city of Guwahati also witness multiple incidents of landslides every monsoon.

In the order, Kamrup (metro) deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu said, “I am of the considered opinion that if haphazard, unscientific and unplanned earth cutting and earth filling are allowed to continue unhindered in this district, it may cause a catastrophe, mishap and calamity of great magnitude in this district putting the public in general in a situation of great inconvenience and hardship.”

He added, “It is directed that no earth cutting should be allowed till the monsoon season is over, even if permission has been procured from the regulatory authorities like GMDA, GMC for any construction activity.”

It was further directed not to allow carrying of earth procured after hill cutting. Before procuring procurer should ensure that the earth is not out of hill cutting

The DC observed that unscientific and haphazard earth cutting and earth filling in the hillocks as well as in the low lying areas of this district for unplanned construction works destabilizes the natural earth slopes, blocks natural drains, dog natural and artificial drains which triggers severe landslides, artificial flood, persistent water logging during the rainy days resulting in substantial loss of human and cattle lives and destruction of properties.