By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 19: The problem of broken roads, huge potholes and land encroachments continue to plague Guwahati, with the district administration turning a deaf ear to the public outcry every monsoon. It would not be wrong to call the condition of roads in certain localities of Greater Guwahati, ward number 56 as untraversible.
The roads in some localities of Bakrapara, Basisthanagar, Latakota, Ganeshnagar, Patarkutchi, Natun Bazar, Mesia Pathar are under deplorable condition. Special mention should be made of Bakrapara to Ganeshnagar via Lotakota Road, which has remained neglected for years. The condition of the Bakrapara to Pilingkata near Meghalaya border is no better.
Moreover, Biren Sharma, a resident of Basistha vents out his anger at Dispur MLA Akon Bora who had not taken any step for the betterment of the roads, despite being an elected representative of the area.
Another problem that has been plaguing the people of the locality is garbage disposal. There were three dustbins in Bakrapara, Patarkuchi and Natun Bazzar. However, since the past one year, the dustbin at Natun Bazar area had disappeared. As a result, people throw the garbage on the roadside, giving rise to smell of stink. Uttam Choudhury, a member of the Basisthanagar Unnayan Samiti complained that the GMC workers come for garbage disposal only once in a while.
Becides, encroachment near the Bahini river in Assam-Meghalaya border and rampant garbage and waste disposal in the river has not only polluted it, but has also led to over flowing of its waters, flooding several areas of the Greater Basistha area, during even a slight drizzle. Residents complain that the district adminitration has not taken any action to evict the encroachers, despite being aware of the outcome of encroachment.