DHUBRI, April 10: Unscientific and haphazard construction of roads and drains by various departments without the topography, ingredient and water-levelling survey have clogged the draige and main water channels, resulting in water logging and stagtion of water across the town.
In constructions of roads and drains being carried by PWD (Road), Dhubri Municipal Board, Dhubri Town and Country Planning, and Dhubri Zila Parishad, no coordition is maintained among them on topography and water levelling, an important prerequisite for any construction road and draige work. Few areas of the town, including Shantigar and Subhasgar, remain inundated round the year due to faulty construction of roads and drains in the town, residents alleged. Even the important 1.5km PWD road from Bidyapara More via Nuniapatty to Dhubri river port, now being constructed with concrete blocks at Rs. 1.4 crore, is allegedly being constructed with inferior quality of concrete blocks, an engineer of Dhubri informed.
He further said that recently tender process of nearly 2km Amco Road from Nuniapatty to Wimco, one of the longest PWD roads of the town, was completed and it would be constructed at the cost of Rs. 1.17 crore. “This Amco Road will also be constructed with concrete blocks, but it is to be seen whether this will be constructed on the basis of topography and water levelling of the town or not,” the engineer added.
Further, Dhubri town was one among the eight towns in the State which was sanctioned Rs. 100 crore in the recent budget for development works. Moreover, another proposal of 22 roads with load-bearing drains of Dhubri town was submitted long back by a consultancy and construction group to State PWD Minister Parimal Suklyabaidya with a plan and estimate of around Rs. 90 crore , but it was yet to be sanctioned, an official informed.
So, a topography survey, not manually but by satellite, is required as historic Dhubri town is surrounded on three sides by rivers with clogging of outlets, the engineer said. When contacted, Executive Engineer of Dhubri Division PWD (Road), S Rahman said that recently a manual topography survey was done and submitted to Dhubri Town and Country Planning department to get the approval from the authority concerned in Guwahati.