ABYSA criticizes quality of work of Silchar-Lumding BG
SILCHAR, April 25: “The construction of broad gauge track which was taken up in the year 1996 should not have been in problems. On the contrary, political issues have crept up over it which does not seem to end,” said Baharul Islam Barbhuiya, convener, All Barak Youth-Student’s Association, at a press conference here today.
Referring to the Purvottar Sampark Kranti Express accident that took place on April 23, he said, “Though a major accident has been averted on that fateful night, people were almost in the jaws of death. Who is to be blamed?”
Owing to the heavy downpour in the north eastern region, a landslide derailed the express, after 9 pm on that night. Baharul added to say that there is a palpable tension among the people in boarding train and availing bus services. This is telling upon the psyche of the people as they are showing hesitancy in sending their near and dear ones by railways or roadways.
Baharul added, “It is fortute that there has been no casualty in the Sampark Kranti accident. Precautions have to be taken to avoid such mishaps. It has become crystal clear that government is showing apathy towards the development of Barak Valley and this step-motherly attitude towards the valley has isolated it from rest of the country.” Further, hitting out at the political parties, he said, “Here politics is based not upon development, but caste, creed, religion and both money and muscle power.”
Baharul Islam said, “By next week we are going to send a team to the Chief Vigilance Cell, Railways. The team will go to New Delhi. I assure you that by the next month, we are going to file a writ petition in Gauhati High Court.”
Stating that ABYSA will fight for the cause to ensure trouble free journey on Silchar-Lumding BG, he said, “The poor quality of work on the Lumding-Silchar track has attracted attention from all the corners. But, the political parties have no time to pay any attention to it.”