Guwahati/ 17th June’2017 (Prag News Desk): Consistent rains have resulted into flash floods that has taken a heavy toll on the capital city. Thus, the soil conservation department has decided to collaborate with the IIT Guwahati and implement a watershed management project in the Guwahati hills to check erosion and siltation that leads to clogging of the drainage.
The project both vegetative and mechanical measures, depending on the site condition is expected to be implemented from this year.
Currently, a team from the civil engineering department of IITG are making a presentation that will be submitted before the Chief Minister who has taken keen interest in the project.
Another interesting fact about this project are its components that includes jute netting over hills, and construction of staggered blocks on the hill side to block rain-water flow into the city. Besides, the project also will include imparting education about ecological management for a better resole to the problem of flash-floods.
There are around 15 hills in the city, and focus of the project will be on the most vulnerable ones – at Chandmari, near GMCH, Kalapahar, Hengerabari, Sunsali, Geetanagar, etc., where heavy siltation has been reported.
The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 3 crore.