Expert panel to solve Guwahati's water logging problem

Guwahati, Jun 6 : In order to solve the severe water logging problem in Assam's main city Guwahati, which has claimed several lives till date, the state government has decided to form an expert committee to come up with a plan to make the city free of artificial flood.

The denizens of the city had been facing untold problems due to the artificial floods, as several residential as well as commercial parts of the city get inundated even after a smart shower.

Several parts of the city were under water for past three with one child drowning in the artificial flood yesterday at Kotabari area of Guwahati.

The artificial floods annually claim lives in the city, with denizens either falling victim to landslide or washed away by heavy current or falling into open manholes.

As the water logging problem got worse with every passing monsoon, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday directed setting up of an expert committee to suggest means to tide over the problem.

Mr Gogoi has also issued strict instructions for the regular cleaning of the drains as clogged drains lead to most water logging.

He has also issued separate directives of conservation of natural water bodies in Guwahati as well as other parts of the state as human encroachment on the water bodies is another reason for artificial floods.