FROM A CORRESPNDENT
SILCHAR, Nov 11: All Cachar-Karimganj-Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA) while welcoming the initiative taken by the state government to observe mami Barak reminds the Chief Minister of his promises made during the election rallies on the eve of the last assembly elections of 2016. In a missive to Sarbanda Sonowal sent through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, S Lakshaman, IAS, today, Rupam ndi Purkayastha, advisor of the Association, said even after assuming power, the Chief Minister promised to the people of Barak Valley that five bridges across river Barak would be build.
But, even after more than a year of being in power, no step has yet been taken in this regard. It is the expectation of the 40 lakh people of this valley that at least the foundation stone of two or three bridges are taken up during the mami Barak festival. Nor, as ndi Purkayastha pointed out, any step taken to raise memorial in honour of the 11 martyrs of the Bhasa Sahid Movement. It is expected that the state government will pay homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice during the language movement of 1961.
Besides, ACKHSA leader has demanded clarification sought by the Central Government in respect of ming of the Silchar railway station as Bhasa Sahid station. Rupam ndi Purkayastha at the same time reminds the Chief Minister of his much vaunted assurance to have a mini secretariat in Silchar on the pattern of Jammu and Kashmir. The message to be conveyed is the greater closeness and affinity between the two valleys. Apart from that, the hopes and expectations of the people have been further raised with the declaration by Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of PWD, Excise and Fisheries, that a flyover connecting Rangirkhari with Tarapur and Sadarghat via Premtala would be laid in order to ease the traffic congestion of Sichar town.
ACKHSA hopes that keeping in mind the declaration by the Minister and the dream of an unexpected flyover, the Chief Minister would take the issue with the consideration it deserves and lay the foundation of the flyover. It is really a matter of joy that the state government in coordition with the district administrations of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi is leaving no stone unturned to make mami Barak a memorable historical event. It is also the expectation of the people that the tableau of mami Barak will be no less different and inferior when seen against the backdrop of mami Brahmaputra.