From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh, April 4: The terrible condition of the NH-37 has put the lives of the people of the town at jeopardy. The road that runs through many central points of the place has also had a detrimental impact on the persol vehicles of the commuters due to its deplorable state. With deep potholes - which can be easily mistaken for pits - in the middle of the road, the tiol highway can spell doom for the ones travelling it. Over the past many days, there have been several outbursts against the dangerous situation, but to no avail. Despite many people writing to the authorities concerned, thus far, no corrective measures have been initiated.
Both the entry points of the town – Chaulkhowa and Laluka Gaon - are awfully damaged. While the pathetic condition of the road in Chaulkhowa is not new, and has been harassing people chronically, the state of the tiol highway in the Laluka Gaon area has gone from bad to worse in the last couple of months. The situation can be nightmarish for someone who is not familiar with the dangerous potholes ahead of them, and is driving right behind another vehicle. With no time to react or steer their vehicle away from the pothole, the passenger/passengers will land on the pothole with a thud, and as such, cause severe damages to the vehicle, and in the worst case scerio, to themselves. The situation is not better in other parts of the town, including liapool, Graham Bazar (near Dibrugarh District Sessions Court) and Kodomoni.
The people here are enraged over the fact that in spite of paying road tax, they have been subjected to such miserable roads. With odds already stacked against them, in the wake of the rising fuel prices, the cost of travel has only gone up for the public. Their vehicles are undergoing wear and tear at a much faster rate, and most importantly and alarmingly, the people have become vulnerable to road accidents. In such conditions, one finds the people questioning the utilization of the tax payer’s money.
Moreover, in a recent memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister in relation to poor road conditions, a social activist referred to a 2006 Mumbai High Court judgment that declared the right to have decent roads to be a part of Article 21 of our Constitution, and as such, requested immediate steps. In this backdrop, the people here are of the view that the government must accord high priority to the matter, safeguard their fundamental Right to Life and Persol Liberty, and repair the NH-37 with no further delay.