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waterlogging creates crisis of rented houses in Assam
Published on 7 Jul. 2009 12:29 AM IST
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The annual problem of waterlogging in the city has led to a shortage of rented houses in the city. Fearing repetition of flashfloods, many people staying in Gandhibasti, Rupnagar, Nabinnagar, Tarun Nagar and some parts of Zoo Road are shifting to higher areas to avoid another bout of horror. This, coupled with massive inflow of people from outside for education and jobs, has led to scarcity of rented houses in the city. Over 4 lakh people in the city stay at rented accommodations, said a TNN report. “I took a house on rent in the Rupnagar area last August. But I have shifted to a safer house in Ulubari since the area is prone to waterlogging,” said Trinayan Das, a bank employee. Students, however, are having a tough time in getting houses for them in places where there is no waterlogging. “We are staying at a PG accommodation in Tarun Nagar. Last year, we had to face problems during rains because of flashfloods. Due to absence of drainage system, the roads here get inundated even after a mild shower. We are very concerned,” said Preety, a 19-year-old business management student. Taking advantage of the rising demand for houses, owners are hiking the the rent causing problems for many people. Many landlords and hostel owners in Bhangagarh, Srinagar and Chandmari and have hiked the rent taking advantage of the situation. Said Ranjit Talukdar, a tenant, “I am staying at Rupnagar by paying Rs 1,300. But now, I am looking for a house at a drier place because of the waterlogging problem.” He added that there were not many houses to be let in areas which do not witness flashfloods. “Even if I find one, the rent will be too high,” he said. Every year, areas like Nabinnagar, Anil Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Gandhi Basti, parts of Zoo Road area, Dwarka Nagar Sarusola, Chachal and other low lying areas have been witnessing flashfloods due to poor drainage system. However, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) officials said the intensity of waterlogging will be less as a number of new drains has been constructed this year. GMC officials, however, admitted that the city was witnessing a shortage of houses and that the government has taken up some low-cost housing projects.

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