SILCHAR, Jan 13: It is really unfortute that school students have to come out in the street to protest against the worst shape of roads of greater Malugram area in the northern fringe of this town. After hitting the road under the banner of Youths against Social Evils (YASE), they marched today to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar and held protest demonstration, demanding immediate repair and improvement of roads. Later they submitted a memorandum to the DC.
Students from Malugram Girls High School, Cachar High School, Daffodils School, Saraswati Vidya Niketan, Joykumar L P School, Abhaya Charan Pathshala and Ramkrish Pathshala led by Sanjeev Roy, president of YASE, in their memorandum articulated the hardship faced by the people of the area while moving through the 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.
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 are on test who have repeatedly brought to the attention of the authorities concerned about the problem. But, no concrete action has followed. The last representation was submitted on October 16 which detailed all about the plight of the masses and requested the authorities for measures to make the roads worthy of use.
It is worth mentioning that a good number of MPs, MLAs and ministers have their residential homes in Malugram. Presently, the most influential Minister Ajit Singh also has his home in the area. It is surprising that even he cannot move the PWD (R) for taking up improvement work.
Roy cautioned the district administration and the PWD (R) in particular if the construction of roads are not taken up by January 31, they will have no option than to mobilize the people and block the roads at 3 points that will halt the movement of both road users and vehicles to and from Sadarghat, Cachar College point and beyond.