Guwahati: Dumpsite shift earns public ire

Representational image by Aafrin Kidwai

Residents of Chandrapur area in Guwahati are opposing the civic body’s move to shift the dumping site from Boragaon in west Guwahati to the newly-chosen site at Chandrapur in the eastern suburbs of the city. Locals staged a 10-hour sit-in protest at Chandrapur on June 28, along with members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).

Earlier this week, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) had started dumping waste at Chandrapur following a direction of the Assam government.

Residents say they fear that the move will affect the natural biodiversity of the area in terms of its greenery and geographical location on the banks of Brahmaputra, , reports The News Mill. The new dumpsite is adjacent to Kolong river which, along with Digaru, merges with the Brahmaputra not too far away. Chandrapur serves as a natural corridor between the Amchang wildlife sanctuary on the west and Pobitora wildlife sanctuary across the Kolong in the east.

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