Haves and have-nots put on an equal footing!
South Sarania Road
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 20: Residents of South Sarania in Guwahati are on a real rocky road! Thanks to the pipe-laying work that has been spinning its wheels for the past six months or so.
The South Sarania Road that protrudes to South Sarania from the GS Road, y the service road of Bishnuram Medhi Flyover at Ulubari, is the lifeline for people residing in the locality. From office goers to school children, apart from those running errands, the road is vital for them. The road let them reach GS Road, Rajgarh-Zoo Road, Chandmari and Gauhati Commerce College on foot, by rickshaws or other modes of vehicles. However, everything has gone haywire for them ever since the road has been dug up for laying pipelines for supplying water in the area. The pipeline laying work has been really spinning its wheels for the past six months, and nobody really knows when it will be completed.
Though vehicles still ply over the road even now with much difficulty, they lead to traffic srls every now and then when two or more vehicles happen to cross each other face-to-face. The question of overtaking by vehicles from behind does not arise as for vehicle drivers somehow getting the road crossed without much problem is what they pray for.
Since there are two schools – South Sarania LP School and Central Public School – on the road, students going to the schools and students going to other schools from the area have a harrowing time. People have to experience what noise pollution exactly is on the road during school and office going hours. Teeming with honking cars, school buses, rickshaws and other modes of vehicles from nose to tail, the road keeps babbling for hours and on. This is not all. If the residents without owning cars or other modes of vehicles have to face the problem of getting rickshaws on time to send their kids to schools, those owning cars have to get stuck in huge traffic srls. Often, rickshaw pullers simply reject pleas from the residents of the area to ferry them to their destitions for the poor condition of the road. Even when they agree to ferry them, the passengers have to cough up some extra bucks – often twice or thrice the usual fares – only because of the pathetic condition of the road. How long will they be made to pay through their noses?
South Sarania being an old and important residential area in the city, it has residents including the likes of former State Education Minister Pankaj Bora. One may take solace from the fact that now the road is one of the great levelers – putting both haves and have-nots on an equal footing.