By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, February 7: The Solapara Road in the Paltan Bazar area in Guwahati is really a sorry sight of development of the city, which the residents often boast to be the gateway to the Northeast.
With numerous potholes on it, the road has only stones spread over. What has added to the woes is the digging activities undertaken by the DGMA on it recently to install water pipelines. After installation of pipelines, the GMDA has covered the pipelines but that is a shoddy piece of work.
The road has draige only in one side, and that is also the cause of a number of problems. The single drain is also clogged with garbage and mud, and that allows water to spill over the road at many places.
Some shopkeepers in the area say that water enters their shops during the rainy season.
When contacted, local councillor from the BJP Mrigen Saharia said: “The road was constructed by the NBCC in 2006 with materials that were of poor quality, and as such the road got damaged within six months. The administration got the road renovated in a single night in three years back. The renovation works they did was just covering the road with a mixture of stone dust and coal tar. The result is what’s seen today.”
The councillor further said: “Now the road will be constructed with funds under FDR (flood damage repair). The work will be done after getting the proposal from the GMC.”
Meanwhile, the local unyan committee has made the arrangement of illumition of the road on their own without waiting for a such steps to be taken by the GMC. They, however, cannot take big projects like of the construction of the road on their own as that involves a huge amount of fund. They demand that the road should be properly constructed with a drain in either of its sides. They make it a point that the materials to be used for the construction of the road should be of better quality.