From a Correspondent
DHUBRI, April 20: Traffic congestion often paralyzes normal traffic flow in Dhubri town due to increase in number of vehicles, two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, rickshaws, bicycles, pull-carts (thela), encroachment of pavements, wrong parking, and narrow roads and by-lanes.
In addition to this, plying of nearly 1,000 e-rickshaws (TOTO) in the town further creates traffic snarls which often go out of gear in absence of any traffic management by police. The Central Government approved only 15 TOTO manufacturing companies which are to be registered with the District Transport Office with insurance coverage and have to observe all other formalities as required in case of vehicles and bikes. The State Government too issued similar instruction to the DTO about the approved TOTO manufacturing companies for necessary action for registration, and these are being followed.
“However, no action is being taken against those who are selling TOTO of unapproved manufacturing companies which need not be registered, and as a result, the government is not only losing revenue but the increasing sale of unapproved TOTO is causing traffic snarls with each passing day,” an approved TOTO driver alleged.
Despite eviction of nearly 500 roadside vendors recently by the district administration and Dhubri Municipal Board, there are still 700 hawkers and vendors running their business either on the pavements or by the roads.
Two vegetable markets are being run by roadside vendors on Netaji Subhas Road and Kaborstan Road but no step so far has been taken to settle them in the permanent market sheds constructed just 300 metres away with all amenities.
“Lessees who are allotted the markets by the municipal board have hay day as they also collect tax from the vendors illegally running business by encroaching busy roads. But no vendor goes to the market sheds despite repeated eviction,” social activist Manojit Paul alleged.
Paul alleged that cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, bikes, four-wheelers, TOTO and trucks all add to the woes of the pedestrians in the absence of pavements and non-adherence to traffic rules. In Dhubri town, no place is left to be encroached - be it roads, by-lanes, pavements, drains, water channels, khas land or riverbank, residents alleged.
When contacted, an officer in the Dhubri Circle office informed that they had already initiated eviction against the illegal encroachments in the town and this drive would continue further.