From our Correspondent
DIMORIA, Oct 2: The Sanskrit verse taken from an ancient Hindu scripture ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ – ‘The guest is equivalent to God’ or ‘Be one for whom the guest is God’ – is the tagline of the Union Ministry of Tourism’s campaign to improve treatment of tourists in India. However, what is seen in Assam is just the opposite of what the tagline says, thanks to the negligence meted to the tourism sector by the State PWD. The negligence by the department has put the safety of guests (tourists or visitors) at risk.
The famed Pabitora Reserve Forest has been opened for visitors from October 1 this year. However, the opening the reserve forest for visitors, including domestic and foreign tourists, is fraught with danger. The bridge on the Gopith Bordoloi Road that links Samata Point at Sopur from tiol Highway 37 to the reserve forest is on the verge of collapse, so is the pride of Assam. The link road is dappled with craters here and there, especially between Gomoria and Hahara. The bridge is located at Bomani on the road. Either side of the bridge has big craters, risking the lives of visitors who have to use the road and the bridge to reach one of the tourist destitions of the State. Many accidents have occurred near the bridge and elsewhere on the road. Now the bridge is on the verge of collapse.
The road med after a famous leader of Assam, according to the local populace, has all along been neglected by the State PWD. “When the condition of the road has come to such a pass, how come the State PWD looks the other way? Why hasn’t the department renovated the road and the ramshackle bridge over it before opening the tourist spot for visitors? This is a glaring example of negligence meted out to the tourism sector and the people of Dimoria area by the State PWD,” the aggrieved local people say.