Assam minister Siddhartha Bhattarcharya inaugurating the Noonmati pump house in Guwahati

Guwahati: Assam Guwahati Development Department (GDD) minister Siddhartha Bhattarcharya on Wednesday inaugurated the much-awaited Noonmati pump house at Bamunimaidam in Guwahati.

Apart from the GDD minister, top officials from Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), including CEO Moloy Borah and Jal Board managing director Paul Baruah were also present in the inaugural ceremony.

Assam minister Siddhartha Bhattarcharya along with top officials from GMDA

The Rs 6.4 crore Noonmati pump house, which was constructed with recommendations from TAHAL Consulting Engineers and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, is an effort in eradicating the perennial waterlogging problems faced by people in Guwahati and will provide a sigh of relief to its residents in getting away with the urban flood they have to experience after every heavy downpour.

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As per reports, the GMDA-commissioned multi-crore pump house project, which is an integral part of the Noonmati basin drainage system, will be able to divert nearly 10 cubic metres of the water flowing to Bharalu river with the help of four electricity-driven Kirloskar pumps installed at the station.

Assam minister Siddhartha Bhattarcharya inspecting the high-powered pumps installed at Noonmati pump house

The four high-powered pumps with a capacity to discharge 1,000 litres of water per second each will redirect a massive amount of water normally flowing to Bharalu towards Bondajan and ultimately make it fall to the Brahmaputra river.

As a result, the pumping station will help in reducing the extra load of water in Bharalu river flowing through the city and further benefit the urban flood-affected residents of Anil Nagar, Nabin Nagar and Mathgharia areas of Guwahati.

The Noonmati basin drain consists of two branches. One branch starts from behind the FCI godown located at Bamunimaidam and the other branch starts from Mathgharia hills. The total length of the drain is around 5,300 metres and its width varies from 3 metres to 6.5 metres.

Speaking to media on sidelines of the inaugural ceremony, GDD minister Bhattacharya informed that apart from this particular project the state government, under the supervision of GMDA, is planning to set up a sewage treatment plant at Pamohi on the outskirts of Guwahati where filth carried by Bahini river will be centrally treated before releasing it to Deepor Beel.

“We are also trying to segregate sewage at the source itself by installing small sewage treatment plants at different parts of the city, including one recently established near the RG Baruah road in Guwahati,” Bhattacharya added.

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