The Assam Kaziranga University

To minimise public discomfort, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has prohibited stockpiling construction materials on pathways or roadside between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Any disobedience of this order may result in a heavy fine.

Two building material sellers who were operating on Kanakalata Road in the city’s Hengrabari district were fined Rs 7,000 and Rs 4,000 by the GMC on Wednesday.

“Traffic congestion is a major issue in the city. All the departments concerned are doing their best to reduce it. People can dump building materials after 10 pm and must clear the area before 6 am as traffic movement remains low during that time. The city slowly gets congested after 6 am and traffic remains heavy throughout the day,” said MN Dahal, the GMC commissioner.

For the residents to report any violations of the prohibition order, the GMC has also opened a special WhatsApp number.

It is important to note that traffic jams have gotten worse around the city as a result of the several projects, including flyovers and national highway widening projects, that are still being built.

Along with stacking up construction debris along the sides of the road or on the sidewalks, other issues that impede pedestrian circulation include street vending and careless parking of cars.

To prevent construction material residues from flowing into drains, Dahal advised citizens to store construction materials in tin sheets or other containers within the allotted time frame.

The Assam Kaziranga University