Silchar: Residents of greater Katakhal semi urban areas and villages are agitated over the deteriorating condition of market road linking the railway station. This brings into sharp focus the quality and durability of work by the public works department concerned. This is not the only road in bad shape. Silchar—Dwarbond stretch of road that links Assam University is also turning into pot holes and craters. The road in question that goes up to Hailakandi is a viable alternative to the NH 54. The way roads is developing cracks does pinpoint at the slipshod manner in which works are executed.
After the BJP led government came to power at Dispur, the expectations of people were high and it was quite natural. Roads and highways have been improved no doubt. But, if the communication is not dependable and sustainable, people’s ire and wrath can well be understood. People expected the roads and highways to be improved during the BJP regime would be different, maintaining standard of work.
Monsoon is yet to come. The drizzles that have been continuing for the last four days have started affecting the metal cover of the roads, exposing gravels at many places. Shahanur Ahmed and Ratan Biswas, residents of the areas, said people of all ages, old, young and children, man and woman, find it difficult to traverse through the Katahal station road. With stagnant rain water in between, it is beyond one’s imagination what shape it will take. Before the road goes down from bad to worse, citizens have drawn the attention of the Deputy Commissioner and the people’s representatives for causing immediate and effective measures. They have at the same time cautioned if no steps are taken, they might opt for democratic agitation.
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