Guwahati, June 3: In October 2017, the road from Bharalumukh point on MG Barua Road to Sukleshwar Temple in Guwahati was declared as ‘walking zone’ by the authorities. As per the government announcement, vehicles are debarred from plying on that stretch of the road included in the ‘walking zone’ from 4 pm to 10 pm on Sunday by way of facilitating the walkers.
However, with the passage of time, a good number of people are beginning to complain that the zone is causing huge problems in the routine life. They allege that even on Sunday, the road is a vital link between different areas of the city, necessitating plying of vehicles in significant number. Hence, closing the road for vehicles in the evening hours is causing huge problems to the people of the city.
A local businessman has alleged that business is being seriously hit by the closer of the road for vehicles. He also said that shoppers come out in large number on Sunday, but they are compelled to confront massive problems due to the decision of the authorities. He also said that the walkers who come from far off localities to walk in the zone face the problem of lack of parking place.
This project was initiated as a pilot project as a part of the beautification plan of the areas near the Brahmaputra. There was also the plan to introduce other measures to make the beatification scheme more viable. Unfortunately, till date the authorities have slept over the matter, the locals allege.
Further, it is being alleged that the selection of the area for ‘walking zone’ is not acceptable to the vast majority and that some other road in some other location might have been more acceptable and that the vital needs of a lot of people would not have been affected.