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Ward commissioners flouting civic norms

From a Correspondent

DOOMDOOMA, Feb 16: When tax-payers or common people disobey civic rules there is law enforcing body to intervene into the matter. But when Ward Commissioners themselves indulge in such activities, who is there to debar them from indulging in these sort of activities? Obviously, law is the same for all the citizens. But in Doomdooma, a relative of Ward Commissioner of Ward No. 4, Rama Das has allegedly illegally constructed a godown at Jogendra th Deka Path  on the drain that surrounds the Doomdooma Town field in the south.

Interestingly, the godown is just adjacent to Rama Das’ house on the backside facing the Doomdooma Town Field boundary wall. The Doomdooma Town Committee constructed many footpaths on Nehru Road, Kaliapani Road, Daily Market area, Netaji path (Sori Patti), Old AT Road, tiol Highway (NH) 37 and partly at Azad Road for the convenience of pedestrians. But the rampant encroachment on the footpaths by a section of traders and shopkeepers has caused inconvenience to the pedestrians.

The alleged callous attitude of the civic body authority has raised many eyebrows. People feel greatly discouraged to see the way the law-breakers are given indulgence by the authority. Things have come to such a pass that practically nobody obeys the construction norms laid down by the town committee. In the absence of any stern action from the civic body, it has been a free-for-all activity and so, the open defiance of civic rules has become conspicuous everywhere. Consequently, there is traffic congestion everywhere.

Even after appointment of executive officers of the rank of Circle Officer (Revenue) or Additiol Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in the Town Committees/Municipal Bodies by the State Government, things have not improved in any manner mainly because of their iction in most of the cases or turning a blind eye towards civic amenities. Under the circumstances, for the honest and law-abiding citizens of the town, the Town Committee is practically non-existent.

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Ankur Kalita