GMC Dumping Ground at 'Deepor Beel' is Turning into a Mass Sea of Death

GMC Dumping Ground at 'Deepor Beel' is Turning into a Mass Sea of Death

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By: Rana Pratap Saikia, June 29

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation's (GMC) dumping ground at Boragaon area in Guwahati city of causing great distress to the residents of 'Deepor Beel'. In fact, a startling video surfaced last year which showed many fish floating lifeless in the 'Beel'.

The 'Deepor Beel' located in Assam's Guwahati city is home to many endangered species of birds and water species. But these species have been endangered due to the constant dumping of wastes into this wetland.

The GMC has been using a remote area of Boragaon to dump waste including industrial, medical, household waste since 2004.

The dumping ground is causing a problem for both humans and different amphibians in Deepor Beel. The waste comprises junks and waste of industries including heavy metals, plastics, aluminum cans, etc.

Local Environmentalist Kandarpa Boro has complained that this downward spiral began in 2005 as all kinds of toxic wastes are being dumped in the area. "The wasteland is located at the southernmost end of 'Deepor Beel' and causes much problem. Moreover, the ecological system has been depleted due to the pollution of the water. Most of the migratory birds have stopped coming here", he says.

Moreover, the locals have said that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the dumping ground to be removed, but only time will tell whether the 'Beel' will be saved or if its too late. Moreover, they lament the two biggest threats: the laying of double railway, and the dumping ground.

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