FROM A CORRESPONDENT
PATHSALA, May 4: More than a hundred villagers of Dharamtala village, near Patacharkuchi came out on May Day with hoes in their hands to repair the road which links the village with NH 31. The length of the road is approximately one km. They collected money from among themselves to buy some sand and gravel for the repairing work.
It may be mentioned that the road joins the Marka-Jalikhata-Hela road at the centre of the village. The road was in a dilapidated condition, full of potholes and muddy. The road is used by people of several villages like Niz Sariha, Jalikhata, Hela, Oukuchi etc., to reach the NH 31. All types of vehicles, including school buses of many private schools run on the road every day. The condition of the road had deteriorated to such an extent that it was not fit for any mode of communication and had turned into a death trap.
The villagers decided to pool money from their own pockets besides praying for fincial help from various private institutions of the locality to repair the road. The repairing work was carried out under the aegis of the Dharamtala VDP and the Village Development Committee. The villagers informed this correspondent that they ran from pillar to post for developing the road, but their efforts did not yield any positive result from public representatives at various levels including those from the gaon panchayat. They were left with no other option than to come out together and at least improve the condition of the road to some extent, so that the almost closed communication could be restored.
Pabindra Deka, former MLA of Patacharkuchi LAC and a candidate in the last Assembly elections from the AGP visited the site and gave Rs 1,000, the villagers informed. He further assured the villagers that the road will be improved in the future, if he wins the seat this time. Dr Ranjit Deka, rector-cum-principal of Anundoram Barooah Academy Pathsala, responding to the requests of the villagers arrived at the site and extended a help of Rs 5,000. It is learnt that even though the road does not fall under the PWD, the importance of the road is very high for the entire area. The villagers once again demanded early steps from the competent authorities so that their troubles come to an end.