FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Silchar, Feb 20: State PWD minister Parimal Suklabaidya iugurated the office of the additiol chief engineer, PWRD, Barak Valley, near Circuit House here. Speaking as the chief-guest at the iugural function, Suklabaidya said, “Development of Barak Valley is no more a distant dream. The long felt dream of an office of additiol chief engineer has become a reality. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal has been working relentlessly and holding meetings and review meetings. Barak Valley will have surge of development to come in coming days. There are more projects in the pipeline.”
Miffed at the absence of MPs and MLAs of Congress party, the PWD Minister said, “I was sure one party would not turn up in spite of getting formal invitation. We have invited every MP and MLA so that everyone can witness the historic moment of iuguration of the office. Their absence suggests their apathy towards growth and development of the state as a whole and the valley in particular. They are only capable of delivering lectures and engage in tall talks. Is Congress against development?” He also said that all political parties should rise above rrow party politics and work for the development of the state.
The PWD Minister further said that former leaders and contractors might have played a foul game. “Despite receiving huge amount of money, no vital work has been done. I want that anybody indulging in accepting bribes or adopting unfair means should be brought to book. The record of the previous government, speaks of development of roads of a length 100 to 150 kms only. In 8 months, we have been able to include 330 kms of NH,” he added to say.
“The idea of building a flyover in this town was termed as Utopian by the opposition party. This is also going to materialize. What has remained undone during the last 70 years will see the light of the day now. The wheel of progress and development has started to roll on the roads,” said Suklabaidya.
He said that various projects like special trains between Tripura and Barak Valley, double lane roads, institutions for providing free education and free health centres for treatment, are in the offing.
MLA Dilip Kumar Paul, Deputy Speaker, Assam Assembly, said, “This is parivartan in the truest sense. People will be able to taste the fruits of success. Our Chief Minister works for 16 to 17 hours a day.”
Former Union Minister Kabindra Purkayastha said, “It is a red letter day for us. We should rise above politics and work for the development of the valley. Petty politics in the me of development is detrimental for all.”
Mohan Chandra Boro, commissioner and special secretary, PWRD, Assam, in his welcome speech, said that more decisions would be taken in order to speed up the development of the valley. The iugural function was presided over by Alok Kumar, Additiol Chief Secretary. Among others present at the function included, Pradip Talukdar, the Deputy Commissioner, Karimganj, MLAs Kripa th Mala, Krishnendu Paul, Amarchand Jain, Animul Islam Laskar, Mihir Kanti Shome, Kishore th, Anwarul Hussain Laskar and others.