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New MV Act should be Implemented in State at the Earliest

It gives us pleasure to note that the magnificent epithet that is a part and parcel of Assam is still in vogue. The epithet is: Assam is a land of ‘lahe lahe’. Due to the sluggish approach and action of the Government of Assam towards implementation of the new Motor Vehicle (MV) Act, the new Act is still a nonstarter in the State as reported in the news published in your esteemed daily under the caption, ‘New MV Act is a nonstarter in State (The Sentinel, September 8). However, some other States have grabbed the opportunity to implement the new Act to augment their exchequer besides booking those violating, flouting the traffic-rules. The Act is also meant for minimizing frequency of accidents. But our State government is yet to awake from slumber as it has failed to issue the notification for implementation of the new Act. We all know that all is not well with the State government in respect of finances. Meanwhile, many development works have been stopped in the state for paucity of fund. But the Union Ministers visiting Assam refuse to accept the truth and keep blowing the trumpet that projects in Assam are going to be implemented on time. We fail to understand why our State government maintains such a negative notion in issuing the notification for implementation of the new MV Act. Needless to add, the new Act once implemented will minimize the chances of road accidents besides augmenting the revenue of the State. In every urban area of Assam, most of the footpath spaces are occupied by unscrupulous traders even as the pedestrians have to move with great risk on the main road. Speed driving, driving under the influence of liquor must be stopped. We appeal to our government to issue the notification before long and implement the new MV Act.

Ashok Bordoloi,

Dibrugarh.

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