By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 21: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi often takes this road when he travels to board a chopper at the rengi army camp. But that has not made any difference to the fate of Jyotiprasad Agarwala road, crumbling down right under Dispur's nose.
The road -- from Six Mile to Botaghuli -- has, by its sides, important installations like Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Silpagram, office of the Commissioner, P& RD etc.
Many top IAS and ACS bureaucrats also use this road to go to rengi for playing golf or for jogging. Strangely enough, none of them seem to mind the discomfort of negotiating this bumpy stretch.
The woeful condition of the road at Panjabari Chowk is beyond description. On one side of the road, there has been a yawning pothole for the past one year. Full of muddy water during the rains, pedestrians and car drivers give the pothole a wide berth. They prefer to take the lane on the other side of the divider, risking life and limb. This is one of the reasons why it has become an accident-prone spot. Every day, 20-30 heavy army vehicles ply over this road. This is also the road to the Guwahati Public School. Notwithstanding its importance, the vital road is yet to get any attention from the State government.
Some locals even sarcastically say that the powers-be in Dispur should get the road repaired at the earliest, if not for commoners, at least for the comfort of the Chief Minister and his top babus.