Guwahati: Notice this person closely — he is trying to drain out flood water from his house using a bucket. It is symbolic. Even he knows that a bucket is not going to help him clear the flooding and that he is not effectively getting rid of the water.
But the man is aware that a letter to the Indian Railways is what can possibly change the entire scenario with the onset of monsoon fury.
The man in the video that has now gone viral also happens to be Rabiram Narzary, the MLA from Kokrajhar West in Assam. Sadly, this is an annual feature in the Tengapara area of Kokrajhar, which houses Narzary’s residence-cum-office.
“For the effective solution of this annual flash floods in Kokrajhar, the Railways should come up with a new scheme. The small hume pipes which are being used by the railways for allowing water to flow under a railroad from one side to the other should be replaced by culverts. Only then the water will drain properly and we will be relieved,” Narzary said.
Every year, it is the same story at several places of the Bodoland Territorial Council-administered Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), including Kokrajhar. The entire district gets waterlogged with floodwaters entering private residences causing great distress to the locals.
Narzary’s house has been waterlogged for the past 48 hours. He said that this is the second time in a little over 10 days that his house has been partially submerged. “Only because the water doesn’t drain out properly of these hume pipes many villages and localities are submerged,” he added.
The MLA suggests that the railway authorities should do a re-survey on this issue and the entire thing has to be re-designed and re-constructed. Until that happens, the MLA has to wait for specialised equipment for the clean-up drive.