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Locals transplant paddy, fish on road

OUR CORRESPONDENT

DIMORIA, July 7: Despite frequent reports published in the local dailies over the last couple of days, portraying the commoners’ hardships caused by the dilapidated road from Sialkhaiti to Digaru railway station near Sonapur, the Public Work Department (PWD) is yet to wake up from deep sleep. At a time when the residents of the locality have taken to the streets to protest against the prevailing condition, the men of the department are tight-lipped and paralysed even from a verbal reaction. Consequently, on Friday, the locals led by the Bodo-Kachari Yuva Chatra Santha came out to the road near Digaru and transplanted paddy saplings on the road in protest against the apathy of the PWD. They also went on for fishing on the road as there are a number of huge potholes filled with mud and stores of rain water.

Talking to The Sentinel, Santha general secretary Rupjyoti Boro alleged that the trucks carrying raw materials from Digaru railway station to different cement manufacturing companies have been primarily responsible for the damage caused to the road. “To double the profit by illegal means, certain traders are luring the trucks to carry ‘Fly Ash’, a raw material used in manufacture of cement, from Digaru railway station violating the prescribed load limit,” Boro said.

Meanwhile, the Santha forwarded a memorandum to the PWD Minister through the Circle Officer, Sonapur demanding to restrict the plying of the trucks until the road is repaired properly. The decaying road has been causing hardships particularly to the students of the locality.

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