Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday emphasised on greater coordination among the officials of GMC, GMDA, PWD and Water Resources Department to tackle flash floods in Guwahati.
While reviewing the implementation of flash flood protection schemes in Guwahati in a meeting held at Janata Bhawan on Friday, the Chief Minister also underscored the importance of speedy execution of the projects and passed series of directions to the concerned officials.
The Chief Minister asked the GMC to immediately undertake cleanliness drive of the drains of the city and dispose the garbage at designated locations. He also advocated a monitoring mechanism while carrying out the cleaning activity.
Further, the Chief Minister also directed the GMC to open a Helpline to get inputs on emergency situations during flash flood and adequate measures by APDCL to thwart incidents of electrocution.
While discussing the garbage disposal system of the city in the meeting, Sonowal directed GMC to start up a decentralized waste disposal system. Besides, stressing on appropriate initiatives for generation of power from waste, Sonowal asked GMC to draw up a roadmap in this regard so that all 97 towns of the state could be benefitted from the same.
During the meeting, officials of Guwahati Development Department apprised the Chief Minister about the schemes designed to flush out surplus water flowing down to the city from Meghalaya and other adjoining hills besides other schemes which are already executed or in the process of implementation in the current year, stated a government press communiqué.
MLA of Guwahati (East) Siddhartha Bhattacharjya, Chief Minister’s legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, GMC Mayor Mrigen Sarania, Deputy Mayor Bijuli Kalita Medhi, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary in charge of GDD Rajiv Bora, Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Sanjay Lohia, Revenue Commissioner Rajesh Prasad, Commissioner & Secretary GDD Ajay Tewari, DC Kamrup (Metro) Dr M Angamuthu, GMC Commissioner Monalisha Goswami, officials of GMC, GMDA, PWD and Water Resources were also present in the meeting.