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Monday, December 7, 2009

Double laning of Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport at the cost of trees

SILCHAR, Dec 7: Rows of lush green trees that lavishly grew on their own and some plants planted by the Social Forestry Department years ago along the 22 km long Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport road also known as the VIP road had been mercilessly axed on grounds of double-laning the road. The work on the road which will begin from Udharband Bazar point to Kumbhirgram (12,820 km) has been undertaken by the Rural Road Division of PWD under the Central Road Fund (CRF) of the ministry of shipping, surface transport and highways.

The foundation stone of this stretch of road was laid by the then Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Santosh Mohan Dev in July 2008. The quality of work as well as strengthening and expansion of the road raises relevant questions about the specifications being followed by the department concerned. In fact, there is no monitoring and above all any accountability.

Questions are being raised by conscious citizens for what the trees have been felled when these in no way are affecting the work of the double-lane road. The same wanton act near Bahadurpur point of the 10 km road, which is not yet brought under the process of double laning, has been repeated. According to sources, the PWD (R ) division has not yet undertaken replantation along the site with the help of the Forest Department. NGOs who cry “save nature campaign” are also posing silence on the matter, it was reported. THE SENTINEL

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