Students stage blockade for improvement of roads
SILCHAR, Feb 11: After the one month ultimatum given by Youths Against Social Evils (YASE) to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar for the repair and improvement of Malugram roads expired on Wednesday, hundreds of students under the banner of YASE again came out of their classes to protest against the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned for the repair of the roads today. YASE organized the blockade in cooperation with NGO Ashroy.
The four-hour road block at Cachar College point from 11 am to 2 pm put a halt to the movement of all sorts of vehicular traffic to and fro from the greater Malugram areas. Sanjeev Roy, president of YASE, said as declared earlier students from different educatiol institutions of the area being irked and disappointed with the authorities had to go for road block. He was not definite if the PWD (R) would act. Still strange was the silence of Ajit Singh, minister of transport, games and sports, who during his stay at his residence at Itkhola, has to use this road for his engagements.
Roy pointed out the protesting students want to describe through this demonstration not only their hardship but also of the people in general who have to move or travel through the rough, potholed and bumpy roads. It has been pointed out that the condition of main road from Cachar College point with its diversification that covers 4 wards has become so deplorable that along with the school and college going students, general people as well as vehicular traffic face unimagible difficulties. The area, in fact, is a populated one with a population of 30,000, besides the arterial roads connected with Malugram roads cater to the needs of another 40,000 people. It is also the only lifeline of the gaon panchayats of Dudhpatil, Chotodudhpatil, Haticherra and Badarpur-Masimpur under Borkhola constituency. It has been further stated that there are around 16 educatiol institutions and 20 government establishments including a FCI godown and the employees serving in them have also to go through the trauma of the roads in totters.
The blacktopping has almost given way to the pressures and pulls of vehicular traffic, besides being subjected to the wear and tear of time. It is worth mentioning that every day 30 loaded trucks on an average run through the Malugram road. What is worst, road accidents have become frequent, causing physical injuries and often limbs are fractured. This reflects on the total apathy of PWD (R) towards the maintence of roads for years.
Sanjeev Roy said, “Students who are the worst sufferers have the fundamental right to protest and also start a movement which will continue till the construction of roads are taken up.” The memorandum points out the patience of the people is on test who have repeatedly brought to the attention of the authorities concerned about the problem. Though Sanjeev Roy has not spoken of further ultimatum, he has sent the sigl through this mass student protest demonstration if the authorities still remain unmoved, YASE will be compelled to think of other altertive to stir and wake up the department concerned.