From a Correspondent
PATHSALA, Oct 7: Strong resentment have been brewing here among the conscious section of people and organizations of Bajali subdivision following the poor and incomplete construction work of four-lane expansion work of NH-31 between Kaljhar and Bezkuchi in Barpeta district.
The people have to suffer a lot due to the prevailing condition of the tiol highway though they have been running from pillar to post for a solution to their problem. The construction company KMC was engaged for construction of 27.3 km road from Kaljhar to Bezkuchi in 2005. It is alleged that the company does not have adequate infrastructure and manpower and lack the sincerity to construct a tiol highway.
Locals alleged that the company engaged for construction failed to construct even 50 per cent of the total work. Due to the poor state of the road, accidents have become frequent and many people have lost their lives in these accidents. Various organizations have staged protests and submitted memoranda to the government and authorities concerned, but without much success.
Pankaj Sarma wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of India vide registration no. PPMOPG/E/2015/0179237 on December 16, 2015 describing the problem and the poor progress of the work but it also failed to evoke a suitable response. The construction of bride near Dhamarkur is still incomplete, the construction of railway over bridge is also incomplete and the bridge construction work over River Kaldia at Patacharkuchi has been suspended due to reasons best known to the authority. Even in the Patacharkuchi market cracks and potholes have developed on the road. The draige near the side road of the overbridge with under passage remains incomplete. The local people have failed to understand their problems have not been solved and why their pleas have gone unswered.