A stitch in time saves nine
One wonders why the State machinery wakes up from sleep only when a catastrophe befalls it - ruffling the public life. This phenomenon was more conspicuously seen during the Congress regime. The party sunk deep into the morass of corruption always choosing an opportune moment, an inclement season to undertake works in mega projects like---preventive measures in control of erosion when people are affected by devastating floods so as to pave the way for embezzlement of money, emptying the government exchequer. This was crystal clear when BJP led alliance took over charge at Dispur. Is the new ruling dispensation following the step of the Congress? Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal declared, in the wake of the devastation caused by the last floods, which dredgers would be brought to dredge the river beds of the Brahmaputra so that impact of the floods and erosion could be minimized. Winter has already set in but there is no sign of the dredgers being brought. Standing on the embankments in Dibrugarh, when one views the Brahmaputra's dry beds, one feels shocked to note the shallow river beds. This is equally shallow in other parts of the Brahmaputra valley. The Chief Minister, perhaps, has forgotten the maxim, 'A stitch in time saves nine'. BJP, like its predecessors, should not befool the people.
A severe public woe
Through these columns of your esteemed daily, I want to highlight an example of continuing harsh and rigorous inconvenience being faced by the foot travelers of greater Maligaon area. On the eve of the holy Mahalaya, the traffic police set up barricade on the Maligaon Chariali traffic point along with fencing along the divider on the main road for a long stretch from east to west beyond the flyover towards Jalukbari. This leaves an old rrow foot bridge over the point for the large number of wayfarers to commute through. Such unimagitive and arbitrary way of controlling public movement has been for long causing painstaking experience to the commuting public of all ages. The senior citizens, aged women suffer severe physical strain while using the foot bridge as well as those people with a weight load suffers a lot daily. Those who are uble to climb the footbridge as well as the cycle riders have to move an extra long distance on both directions to cross over to the other side. It seems that there is no hope of removing the barricade which speaks of the apathetic attitude of the local traffic control agency. It is also regretted that the district civil administration and police authorities prefer to close their eyes to such atrocious treatment being meted out to the public of Maligaon. I appeal to them to take cognizance of the matter and immediately remove the obstacle for public convenience.