Hailakandi, July 6: Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan on Friday directed the PWD to start repairing of the roads damaged due to the deluge on a war footing. Reviewing the status of progress of different departments at the monthly District Development Committee meeting at his office conference hall here on Friday, Deputy Commissioner Khan directed the officials of road constructing agencies to start repairing of the dilapidated roads damaged due to the recent deluge, as the flood waters have receded in most parts of the district. The Executive Engineer PWD (Rural Roads) informed the Deputy Commissioner that a footbridge has been constructed near the breached embankment site at Tasla. The PWD official informed that an action plan has been submitted to Dispur amounting to Rs 48 crore for repairing and renovation of the rural roads.
The Deputy Commissioner asked the PWD official to expedite the completion of the Samarikona to Kalacherra, Algapur to Mohonpur and Bilaipur roads that are under bad shape. Khan instructed the official of PWD (Building) to complete the construction of the polytechnic institute, ITI at Kuchila, veterinary hospital, model hospital, circle offices at Lala and Algapur, girls’ hostels at Jamira and Lala, besides repairing of the flood hit Kalinagar Block PHC. Deadlines were set to complete the unfinished construction works.
The Deputy Commissioner instructed the Public Health Engineering, Hailakandi division, to operationalise the piped water supply schemes (PWSS) affected by floods. Of the 312 PWSS, 115 are currently functional, some fully and partially. Khan also asked the official to complete the four ongoing mega PWSS at Lala, Bowerighat, Sheralipur and Panchgram.
Khan asked the Fisheries department to strictly enforce the ban on fishing during the breeding season. The officer informed that mosquito and other fishing equipment have been confiscated for violation of the order. Construction of the wholesale fish market at Herbertganj has been completed and the one at Sahabad is under way.
Directing the DTO to regularise and streamline the plying of e-rickshaws, Khan said no new e-rickshaws must be allowed to ply in the municipal areas of Hailakandi town and that the numbers of the battery operated rickshaws must be drastically brought down to ease the flow of traffic in the town. Around 1350 e-rickshaws are plying in the town causing traffic snarls at the main thoroughfares of the town. Khan asked the DTO to tie up with the Hailakandi Municipal Board to fix up the number of e-rickshaws that would ply in the town areas and the rest on the fringes within seven days. He directed the DTO to ensure that no dealers could sell any e-rickshaw without route permit.
Following rise in water levels of Dhaleswari river at Gharmura – the river is flowing only half meter below the danger level of 28.05 metres – Khan instructed the concerned departments, especially Water Resources, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, PHE and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary to be fully prepared to tackle any exigency and to submit departmental action plans accordingly.
Khan also asked the concerned departments to put in their observations whether they would be able to meet the targets set under the ongoing extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (Phase II) in 247 identified villages across the district up to August 15 in view of the recent deluge that brought most of the activities to a grinding halt. Directing the officials to submit their views immediately together with the constraints they are encountering, Khan said based on their submissions, he would move the Government of India seeking further extension.
The Deputy Commissioner also reviewed the status of progress of Agriculture, Power, Health and Family Welfare, Environment and Forest, Labour and Employment, Sports and Youth Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary and Legal Meteorology.
In view of receding of flood waters, Deputy Commissioner Khan on Thursday withdrew the suspension of classes and examinations from schools located at Bakrihower, Narainpur, West Mohanpur, parts of Panchgram and Uttar Kanchanpur. The meeting was attended, among others, by District Development Commissioner, FR Laskar, Additional Deputy Commissioners, Amalendu Roy and Ruth Lienthang, besides district heads.