The great wetland grab

Guwahati allows construction on wetlands, but will not spare poor settlers on hills. A photo narrative by Sayantan Bera

 
By Sayantan Bera
Last Updated: Sunday 07 June 2015

Guwahati, the sprawling million plus city of north eastern India has grown at the cost of vital wetlands. While the rich legally bought the water-bodies, the poor ‘illegally’ encroached on them. With major storm water basins in the city disappearing, every monsoon, Guwahati reels under flashfloods. The June 22 police firing on poor settlers was but a flashpoint: the mess is visibly deeper.

 

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  • Thanks Mr Bera for the

    Thanks Mr Bera for the report.
    Wetlands are the victims of real estate land sharks in almost all states. My organization SAFE is working to restore another such great wetland - The East Kolkata Wetlands in west bengal.
    The problem is - policy makers and urban commons succumb to the land sharks as per capita land is diminishing so fast. The concerned departments for conservation are either defunct or is being instrumental to kill the wetlands. While the law is too ignorant to understand the importance of the wetland ecosystem for obvious reasons.
    Its time to a take a national call to save the wetlands. SAFE is already into it. Join us to add strength to this mission.
    Dr Dipayan

    Posted by: Anonymous | 9 years ago | Reply
  • Dear Mr. Bera, your article

    Dear Mr. Bera,
    your article is detailed and interesting but I would like to point something here. You mentioned Guwahati doesn't allow poor settlers on the hills.
    I hope you are aware that many of the settlers on the hils are govt job holders, many of them have got plot in several other parts of the city..also there are many poor people, as mentioned by you, who have acres of plot of land in nearby villages and nearby towns.
    Regards and wishes,
    Amarjyoti Borah

    Posted by: Anonymous | 9 years ago | Reply