By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 2: Putting them at a disadvantage in the recently held Advantage Assam, the dark network of sub-roads or bye-lanes leading their users to the main roads from Borjhar-Khapara in Guwahati are now dens for pretty crimes after dusk!
The main roads from Borjhar to Khapara in Guwahati did grab the entire attention of the administration that decked them out with lights of diverse hues, besides painting. The attention of the administration really contrasts with the gloom glaringly visible in the network of by-lanes and sub-ways connected to the main roads. These roads are dark as the streetlights put up there have conked out, and nobody knows when. The kind of attention such important roads get from the administration is such that they get streetlights fitted once in a year, either from the GMC or the GMDA. Till the calendar year makes a complete turn such roads do not get any new streetlights to replace the defective ones, nor do the conked out streetlights get repaired. With the stereotype in the administration being ‘once in a year’, the question of any mid-year renovation or replacement of streetlights does arise for it. The crux of the problem is that such dark sub-roads and bye-lanes are haven for pretty crimes nowadays, especially when it is dark. Thus the public security system in the city has gone awry!
Keshab Kalita of Chandmari in the city said: “The main roads of the city, including the one near Dighalipukhuri, have been decked up. It’s nice to see the roads. However, this extra attention to the main roads shouldn’t make the administration ignore the numerous sub-roads and bye-lanes in the city. They should at least be illumited bare minimum so that people using them don’t have to risk their life and limb, besides cash and other valuables. What’s seen in the city is that streetlights of such sub-roads are replaced only ones in a year. This is simply not done.”
Ratan Mishra of Maligaon said: “We’re tax payers. We’ve to get facilities. We’re to cough up fines in the event of defaulting tax payment. Who is there to make the administration cough up fines for its failure to provide us facilities?”