SILCHAR, Sept 21: The road conditions all over the town is in a deplorable mess. The stretch extending from Silchar Medical College and Hospital to Capital travels point, gatila to Rangirkhari and India Club to Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) among others are in a pathetic state of affairs. The roads of the town are not just potholed but also have huge craters which are very dangerous for vehicular traffic.
The 32 km stretch of NH 37 from Silchar to Badarpur and further 18 km stretch of NH 6 from Badarpur to Karimganj resemble nothing like a road. The potholes on the highways have turned into almost one feet deep ditches. The stretch has gained notoriety for accidents, vehicles getting damage and long traffic srls. The bad conditions of the roads inside the town are equally worse, causing traffic jams particularly during weekdays as a result of which students and working class people often get stranded and uble to reach their destitions on time.
The PWD (R) which is entrusted with construction, repair and maintence of the roads seems to have turned a blind eye to the traffic and public woes. It only exposes how this public department works for the cause of maintaining connectivity. The vehicles have to bear the worst brunt of the roads which have become almost nonexistent or have eroded beyond repair. The people in general particularly the patients, children and the old and the infirm have to go through a lot of hardships and are the worst sufferers as the roads have not been repaired for a very long time.
The dirt and dust which ooze out after vehicles pass through are posing a serious health-hazard. These are among the allegations raised in a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar by Aabeg, a socio-cultural organization of the town, today. The members urged upon the Deputy Commissioner to seriously look into the matter and take appropriate steps to repair the roads of the town particularly the crucial Medical College to Capital point stretch at the earliest.
The members of the organization also impressed upon the Deputy Commissioner to instruct the authorities concerned to fill the potholes by blacktopping with specifications to withstand the wear and tear of the passing vehicles, goods and passenger. This will reduce the problems to some extent and provide relief to the aggrieved citizens in view of the ensuing Durga puja festivals scheduled to be held next month. The memorandum was signed by Manoj Das Talukdar, secretary, and Rupam ndi, president, of Aabeg.