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Jorhat DC issues directive for clearing drainage & footpath obstructions

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Feb 26: Jorhat deputy commissioner Pulak Mahanta, in his capacity as the chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), has directed concerned authorities and officials to take immediate steps to clear obstructions, encroachments, unwanted blockades, and illegal constructions in natural and other drainage systems.

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An order issued under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by Mahanta highlighted the observed obstructions, encroachments, and illegal constructions in drainage systems, footpaths-cum-drains, and other drains adjacent to National Highways/State Highways/PWD roads, public utility roads, Government/Myadi patta land, etc., which could lead to severe waterlogging and urban flooding problems in many parts of the district.

The order emphasised that such waterlogging issues caused nuisance to a large number of residents and instructed concerned revenue circle officers and officials of enforcement agencies, departments, and regulatory bodies like PWD (Roads), NHIDCL, Water Resources, Town and Country Planning Departments, Municipal Boards, Jorhat Development Authority, etc., to take immediate steps to clear/remove/demolish all obstructions/encroachments/unwanted blockages/illegal constructions with proper coordination and advance intimation to the concerned people to prevent waterlogging during the monsoon season.

Furthermore, the order cautioned that any public interference or hindrance during the removal of obstructions by the concerned authorities would be considered as obstruction to public service, and legal action would be initiated as per relevant provisions of the law.

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