Guwahati News Desk: Cleaning and desilting the rivers/streams and drains in Guwahati city is a routine pre-monsoon drive carried out by Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) as part of its strategy to mitigate flash floods and prevent waterlogging in different localities.
GMC has been always vigilant about the cleanliness of the city. With the help of the frontline workers and heavy-duty machines, they are de-silting the major water channels and drains of Hengrabari, Dhirenpara, Hatigaon, Sree Nagar, Nayanpur, Bhangagarh, Kalapahar, Rajgarh Road and Lachit Nagar and other areas of Guwahati.
The drive is aimed at increasing the water-holding capacity of the drains apart from improving the flow to reduce the time of waterlogging on city streets, but the actual outcome of the drive will be known only during the rainy season. A massive amount of waste has been recovered from all the areas. Though every year crores of money are spent by the GMC authorities for de-silting the water bodies ahead of monsoon, the citizens yet dump the household waste, trash in the drains/streams. People dumping garbage, solid waste on open drains, Bharalu and Bahini rivers not only add to the menace of clogging of drains but are also hazardous for the marine lives.
The municipal authorities have requested the citizens of Guwahati to help them with their drive by maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the city. The awareness campaigns have failed to achieve the result, the imposition of heavy penalty remains the alternative to enforce it.
Swachh Bharat shall remain a dream unless the citizen’s consciousness is awakened and the individuals every locality unanimously lends active support to GMC in such enforcement drives for a clean and green city.