LAKHIMPUR: The mega mass convention organized by Dhakuakhana District Senior Citizens’ Association at Subansiri on Sunday demanded the immediate construction of Dhakuakhana-Ghunasuti connecting road leading to North Lakhimpur town, the headquarter of Lakhimpur district. In this regard, over thousands of people unanimously called upon the State Government and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take adequate steps in order to resolve the crucial problem that has been affecting the people of North Lakhimpur and Dhakuakhana subdivisions since years.
The event was held at Subansiri Kaibarta High School playground in association with Dhakuakhana, Ghilamora, Pachim Machkhowa, Pachim Dhakuakhana, Kekuri-Sonari Chapori, Pub Dhakuakhana, Subansiri and Ghunasuti branch units of Dhakuakhana District Senior Citizens’ Association. It commenced with Dhakuakhana Senior Citizen Association president Purnananda Gogoi in the chair. Senior citizen Bhola Gogoi inaugurated the event wherein Basudeva Than Naruwa Xatra Xatradhikar Bhupendra Goswami, senior citizens, advocate Sonadhar Patir, social activists and other citizens delivered informative speeches on the issue.
Notably, the Dhakuakhana-Ghunasuti connecting road is a crucial road of Lakhimpur district. The road was first constructed under the governments in post-independent India in 1956. Since then no successive governments of the State or the Centre have paid due to attention to reconstruct or repair the road during the long period of more than 60 years despite being it a long-pending demand. Had the road been reconstructed and three bridges, one over Subansiri at Ghagar Ghat, connecting North Lakhimpur and Ghunasuti, the second over Mora Subansiri and the third over Mora Sampora, been constructed, the road would have been the shortest way with a distance of 30 km to connect Dhakuakhana subdivisional headquarter with North Lakhimpur. Then the people of Majuli could have directly come to North Lakhimpur town without traveling through the Gogamukh-Dhakuakhana State Highway and then NH-15 from Gogamukh to Lakhimpur.
Attending the meeting, Dhakuakhana MLA and State P&RD minister Naba Kumar Doley informed the public that the State government had initiated steps with a view to constructing the road.
“A delegation of Dhakuakhana, representing Subansiri and Ghunasuti, led by noted academician and litterateur Taburam Taid had called on the Chief Minister regarding the issue some months back. The Chief Minister, after the discussion with the delegation, instructed the PWD to conduct the initial survey for the construction of the road. At present, the PWD has prepared an estimate for the same and the due process will develop in the forthcoming new year,” said the P&RD Minister while praising the initiative taken by the senior citizens of Dhakuakhana to mitigate a pending problem. He further added that a fund of more than Rs 200 crore would be required to construct the road and promised that he would raise the issue in the ongoing session of the State Legislature. He invited a delegation to Dispur to meet the Chief Minister in order to draw his attention towards the issue.