Guwahati: District administration carries out eviction drive at Silsako Beel


Guwahati: The district administration on Friday carried out an eviction drive against the alleged illegal settlers in Silsako Beel (wetland) near the Chachal area of VIP Road in Guwahati.

The Silsako Beel which serves as a reservoir for flood water of Guwahati has been under the clutches of illegal settlers for ages.

According to reports, the district administration had carried out an eviction drive on about 100 metres of illegally occupied government lands.

Sources also informed that these illegal settlers had trespassed and grabbed a portion of the wetland by bounding the area with bamboo fencing.

It may be mentioned that the Assam government has been tirelessly working on the preservation and restoration of the Silsako Beel, Borsola Beel amongst other wetlands in the city.

Earlier, in the year 2014, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) issued a notice for removing illegal encroachment in the Silsako Lake.

“Any person encroaching Silsako Beel is asked to vacate the land and remove any unauthorised structure immediately,” a GMDA stated in a press statement.

“Otherwise, such encroachment and unauthorised structure shall be evicted by force as per the provisions of Assam Land Revenue Regulation Act and Guwahati Water-bodies Preservation and Conservation Act,” it added.

Strict legal action will be initiated against such persons found violating the laws, the release mentioned.

The GMDA said encroachment of Silsako beel in Guwahati is a criminal offence under Guwahati Water Bodies Preservation and Conservation Act 2008.

“The encroachers, who are found occupying such government-notified land, are liable to eviction by the Circle Officer, Dispur Revenue Circle,” it said.