FROM A CORRESPONDENT
GAURISAGAR, February 21 : Along with another parts of Assam, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India will extend the four-laning of NH-37 project from Jhanji - Demow section measuring 44 km at the cost of Rs 811 crore. A Spain based company Isolux Corsan India Ltd will construct this part of the road under the guidance of tiol Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
For this project extension, compensation has been given to the affected people through the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar, for acquisition of buildings, roadside commercial and agriculture land, fruits, nursery and other valuable properties. But people are eager to know who will get the compensation in the me of public properties scattered at a stretch of 16 km from Jhanji to Gaurisagar, which includes Jhanji Jamuguri rest shed, Jhanji weaver colony’s office, main entrance and culvert, the rest sheds of Charing Gogoi Ali and Kalia Dukan, the statue and park of Sati Sadhani at Charing, rest shed of Charing Duarahpar, Santipar and Hatighuli, Bir Chilarai statue and park near Gaurisagar daily market, rest shed at Gaurisagar Tiniali, Bhupen Hazarika open stage and Sati Radhika statue and park near Gaurisagar mdung stone bridge.
Sources alleged that a section of people was trying to grab the opportunity by producing fake documents in connivance with some corrupt government officials and pocketing a huge amount of money in the me of compensation. Former minister Anjan Dutta had initiated the establishment of statues with parks at Jhanji, Charing and Gaurisagar in the me of tiol heroes like Lachit Borphukan, Sati Sadhani, Bir Chilarai and Sati Radhika with a view to energize the upcoming generation with the spirit of these heroes. The conscious citizens of the entire area are vigilant about the whole ongoing process and want the Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar district to intervene so that nobody can grab the compensation. They feel that only if the Deputy Commissioner intervenes then it will be clear as to who should get the compensation for these public properties.