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The Society for Socio-Economic-Development in the Region (SSEDR), a city based NGO, has raised a question mark on the initiative taken by the Assam Government with Pollution Control Board (PCB), Assam for conservation of Bharalu and Kalang rivers. It said that the State holder consultation workshop held on December 18, 2013, was mainly attended by the officers of various level of State and Central governments and representatives of Louis Berger Group (LBG) and DHI (India). The draft minutes of meeting has shown very unsatisfactory presence of non-biased technical expert and public representatives. This has raised a question regarding the sincerity and transparency of the whole process.

The SSEDR president Abdul Wahed and Secretary, Samar Jyoti Bezbaruah jointly addressing the media persons in Guwahati recently said although regarding the sewerage it has been mentioned in the draft DPR that railway colonies, refinery colonies and defense establishment in the city have their own sewerage treatment facilities, the actual field survey shows a very different picture. It is alleged that in paperwork the treatment facilities and sanitation system exists and are working, but in actual sense they are either outdated or due to lack of technical knowledge or fund they are not working properly. Has there been any field specific survey done by the authorized agencies regarding this particular aspect while preparing this particular draft DPR, it should have been mentioned.

Further, they added that the length of river Bharalu according to the draft DPR prepared by LBG and DHI (India) Water and Environment Pvt Ltd, is seven (7) kms, that starts at Junali bridge and ends at Bharalumukh. In an answer to a RTI question to SSEDR, the water resource department, Guwahati East has mentioned its length as 6,315 meter. It has also mentioned that this river starts at Junali bridge and ends at Bharalumukh. The Mechanical Division, West Region, Guwahati, has mentioned the length of the same river as 5,500 meters. In both these cases the length mentioned in the draft DPR is contradictory. The organization has demanded clarification regarding the correct length of the river.

The draft DPR further adds that Guwahati is one of the major industrial centers of Assam and the Northeast region and major type of factories are chemical, fertilizer, petroleum and refineries, most of which fall under the guidelines of hazardous wastes and produce highly toxic wastes that may cause water, air and soil pollution. They feel that there was lack of proper field survey regarding this particular matter in the draft DPR. It is clear because there is no data provided regarding the actual scenario. No specific number of industries and their contribution of pollution has been mentioned thoroughly in the draft DPR, they added.

They mentioned the example of the refinery drain that comes out from the refinery campus Noonmati and flows through the New Guwahati railway campus as shown in the above pictures where it meets with various kinds of waste like engine lubricants and byproducts that are drained off in the same refinery drain. People from neighboring areas also use this particular drain for disposal of human excreta as shown in the above pictures. After that the drain flows and eventually falls into the Bharalu river at Junali. The refinery and railway establishments try to justify their stand by showing treatment plant, but in reality the provided pictures show another scenario. Slug and chemical waste from both refinery and railways are allegedly disposed in the drain without proper treatment. They wanted to know if any field specific survey has been done by the respective authority regarding this?.

They further mentioned that in the draft it has been mentioned that excavated sediment would be placed in dump trucks and transported to a series of central processing area. The exact location of the temporary and permanent disposal areas has not been mentioned exactly by name of the location. The amount of waste that will be generated in this process is 2,98,416 cubic meter as mentioned in the draft DPR. In a city like Guwahati where there is already a scarcity of solid and liquid waste disposal areas, such a huge quantity of waste will definitely crate a problem. Already the solid waste disposal grounds of GMC like Borgaon area, which also falls under greater Deeporbill area is alleged to be completely polluted due to untreated garbage disposal. Such matters are already raising the eyebrows of the concerned citizens of Guwahati. It is very important to look into this matter very seriously. Hence, the NGO demanded to mention the name of location projected for disposal in details. They further added that similar irregularities can also be seen in Kolong river draft DPR too. Many doubtful loopholes which can lead to future problems can be spotted in both documents, they added.

 

 

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Minors molested in Kokrajhar

30 Mar 2017 - 6:18pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Allegations arose against a fish trader in Kokrajhar town, who allgedly molested two-young maid servents. An FIR was lodged at Kokrajhar PS on Wednesday. Family member of accused trader also revealed the incident said that he had second marriage two months back.

The incident took place at Baganshali rented house in Kokrajhar and accused was identified as Nijendra Narzary, a fish trader in Kokrajhar bazar.

 Two young minor girls under 15 years of age of a familyfrom economically backward, hailed from Chariduar PS of Tejpur were molested by accused Narzary since few months at his rented house.The girls were brought by the family as maid servant since three-four years. The girls revealed that Narzary molested them during night and leisure hour when his wife goes out of house. He used to force them to work unsuited jobs while leading leisure hours.

They were brought on monthly payment for servant,but they could not get any money from him.They said that Narzary warned them not to intimate anybody about whole incident which was occurred on them. Accused Narzary  molested them many times, the girls told.

 An FIR lodged with police on Wednesday evening, registered  case no. 204/17 u/s POCSO 3&7 in Kokrajhar PS.

Wife of accused Narzary revealed the incident said that her husband had a misconduct over young girls,who were with them as maid.She said that her husband had a second marriage two-months back.

Chairperson of Kokrajhar CWC demanded early arrest of accused Nijendra Narzary,who penetrated inhuman act on minor girls since few months.She said that it was an act of unwanted for the society.

‘Investigation is on into incident. Accused person is absconding after the incident’, said a senior police officer in Kokrajhar.

Goalpara: BSF jawan injured in ULFA attack

31 Mar 2012 - 4:32am | editor


ULFA steps up strikes a week before its foundation day. A BSF man was injured when ULFA militants ambushed a patrol party in Goalpara district of Assam on Friday.


The ambush took place at Dudhnoi in the evening. The patrol party was attacked by the anti-talk faction of ULFA while on the way to the BSF camp. The injured BSF man was shifted to the Goalpara Civil Hospital.


Army to step up action against ULFA

24 Jul 2007 - 5:08am | editor

Tezpur: The army has decided to step up action against ULFA.This was decided in a Senior Commanders meeting held at the Headquarters of IV core in Tezpur on Monday.

The meeting was presided by GOC Lt General R K Chabra and was attended by the GOCs IN C's of all divisions under IV core.

PRO, Colonel Narender Singh said that the decison to mount pressure on ULFA was taken to prevent the threat that ULFA creates ahead of its martyr day on 27th July and the Independence Day of India on 15th of August. It has been observed that ULFA increases its subversive activities on or before this period every year.

It has also been decided to keep strict vigilance on the Assam-Meghalaya border and the Assam-Arunachal border by helicopter. Sources have indicated that the Assam-Nagaland border would be monitored by the III core based out of Dimapur. Army may also seal the border if required to stop the movement of extremists from neighbouring states.

Parag Aditya