Guwahati: Tension gripped in the Chandrapur area after the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) members along with local people blocked the Narengi-Chandrapur-Morigaon road on Wednesday evening.
The police resorted to lathi-charge to control the situation.
In the police lathi charge, several protesters received mild injures, a few of them have also been detained, informed sources.
More than 20 garbage laden trucks of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) were blocked by the protesters since the morning hours.
Due to the protest, traffic came to a standstill on the very busy Narengi-Chandrapur-Morigaon road.
Cars were forced to find alternative routes, informed sources.
It is noteworthy to mention that the local residents of Chandrapur have been strongly opposing the shifting of the Guwahati city’s garbage dumping site from Boragaon in West Guwahati to the newly-chosen site in Chandrapur in the eastern suburbs of the city.
Fearing the move by the Kamrup (M) district administration will affect the biodiversity of the area, the locals along with the members of AASU had been staging protests in Chandrapur since last June 26, 2021.
Decrying the plan to dump the solid wastes generated by the city, the protesters earlier threatened to launch series of agitation against the Assam Government, until the dumping isn’t stopped.
It may also be mentioned that the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) started the dumping of the garbages at Chandrapur following an Assam Government directive on June 24, 2021. As per the directive, the state government directed the district administration of Kamrup Metro to discontinue the dumping of garbage at the Boragaon site and use the alternative site at Chandrapur.