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  • Artificial water logging badly hit denizens of Mangaldai town

    Published on May 2, 2019

    By Mayukh Goswami

    Mangaldai   : With the onset of the rainy season the  artificial water logging in several commercial and in most of the residential areas has stated  to be a very common phenomenon in Mangaldai town . Even though the township is blessed by the nature with two flowing rivulets namely Mangaldai and Bega respectively,  in each rainy season over the last many years the tax payer residents of these localities  of the township have been suffering the brunt of the perennial water logging problem allegedly due to the lack of pragmatic vision  of the elected local civic body of the Municipal Board  to  drain out the polluted water to these rivers through a proper water management system.  This season is also not an exception and the situation has turned serious in several areas of the townships  especially in Ward no 5 , 6 , 1 , 2 etc following the continuous rainfall in the last couple of days . Effected people of the Ward No-5 area have expressed strong resentment over the negligence of the municipal body to address this grievance  allegedly even several public prayers in recent time . They have alleged that  the situation turned bad to worse  following  the construction of few meters of  drain in an unscientific manner without maintaining the necessary technical measures of gradient and leveling resulting water logging immediately after a heavy shower of few minutes . “ The Municipal Board has been intentionally neglecting the residents of this ward . Today I tried to contact the Chairman of the Board, Manik Sil Sarma several times over phone without response . Then I went to his office but failed to find him  even there .” , irked by Sambu Nath Deb , a former ward commissioner and a prominent local BJP leader while talking to this reporter on Thursday . The local BJP leader has also  expressed suspicion over the proper utilization of the fund amounting Rs 3.40 lakh under 13th Finance Commission left out by the previous civic body for drainage work in the said ward.


    The water logging caused by the over flow of the  short and  temporary earthen  drain along the Western part of  busy Mangaldai-Bhutiachang State Highway  in front of Darrang Academy Junior College at Ward No-6 has also creating visible hardships to the students , teachers, traders , commuters etc . The students of the institution had submitted petition before the Municipal authority requesting for a urgent solution to this problem but it hardly had any impact on them . “ The problem has arisen from the last rainy season after a low lying land where rain water had earlier deposited was filled up with soil and it can be solved  even if  drain with a stretch of  nearly one hundred meter each in the South and North direction could have been dig .” observed Mira Deka , the Managing Director of Darrang Academy .The alleged  failure of the Municipal authority to check illegal constructions and lack of scientific water excretion system has led to perennial  water logging  problems in areas under both Ward No 1 & Ward No 2  of the small town . The tax paying residents of these areas now seem to have no alternative but to get prepared for further worse situation in future or depend upon their luck to get relief from it .