By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 24: Come February 25, hammers, bulldozers and other demolishing instruments will be heard clanging on either side of NH-37 from Lokapriya Gopith Bordoloi Intertiol (LGBI) Airport to Khapara, Guwahati.
Kamrup(M) Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting on February 23 with all departments concerned, ordered the demolition drive so as to clean either side of NH-37 of garbage and illegal shops, hotels, shopping malls, street vendors etc. The meeting was attended, among others, by the Kamrup (M) Zila Parishad CEO, Guwahati City DCP (administration), all ADCs, the GMC joint commissioner, all circle officers, Kamrup (M) assistant commissioners, NHAI officials and officials of NH-37.
At the meeting yesterday NH-37 has been divided into five stretches, and five teams, involving officers from the district administration, police, GMC, NHAI and PWD (NH) Division, were formed for each stretch. “The different parts the stretches are from NH-37 Khapara to Basistha, NH-37 Basistha to Gorchuk, NH-37 Gorchuk to Saraighat Bridge including Jalukbari Intersection, NH-37 under Azara Revenue Circle and NH-37 under Sopur Revenue Circle. These teams will conduct a massive eviction and cleanliness drive in their respective parts from February 25, 2017. All the required machineries, manpower, vehicles and other logistical support will be provided by NHAI and PWD (NH). GMC will make necessary arrangement for clearing of debris and cleaning of the entire stretch.
The Guwahati is the Gateway to the Northeast and NH-37 is the lifeline through which all the VIPs, tourists coming from different parts of the country pass as the road also leads to LGBI intertiol Airport. In recent years it has been observed that illegal encroachments in the form of temporary shops, hotels, street vendors etc., are causing great inconvenience to the commuters.
Moreover, haphazard and improper garbage disposal and littering on public road all along the NH-37 from the Airport to Jalukbari and from Jalukbari to Khapara and to Jorabat by residents, apartments and commercial establishments like restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, godowns etc., not only cause blockages of tural and secondary drains but also enhance environmental pollution in the city.
As directed by the Assam Chief Secretary the Additiol Chief Secretary, PWD and the Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by NHAI CGM R Chakraborty and his team inspected the entire stretch of NH-37, following which the meeting was held yesterday.