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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Worst conditions of urban and rural roads in Barak Valley
Silchar, Jan 6 : Public anger and disgust at the worst conditions of urban and rural roads and even National Highways are mounting and might turn into mass movement against the departments and their authorities concerned. ABYSA (All Barak Youth and Students Association) after locking the PWD, rural road division, and protest demonstration before the DC establishment on Monday served ultimatum on the departmental heads to resort to fast unto death agitation from March 31 if things did not improve by then.
The members of the State Assembly Estimate Committee during their visit to various sites of development schemes and projects expressed their displeasure at the deplorable condition of roads and NH 44 in particular. In view of the growing public resentment, the district development committee meeting under the chairmanship of Gautam Ganguli, deputy commissioner of Cachar, held today in the conference hall of DC establishment, laid stress on improvement of roads on priority basis, particularly NH 44, regarded as the life line of supply of Barak Valley, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura. Pulling up the PWD, roads, the members advised the department for spraying water to settle down dust on the pathways which is causing health – hazards to people.
In fact, the ever growing deplorable, better to say, horrible conditions of roads is more and more brazenly exposing the unholy nexus among politicians, bureaucrats and contractors. Questions are raised about the utilization of Central funds sanctioned against roads and highways. Interestingly, this unholy tie-up with strong influence in Delhi and Dispur is taking up maintenance of highways from BRTF, accusing it of negligence and corruption. THE SENTINEL