By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 27: Traffic magement in Guwahati and North Guwahati, from Amingaon to Gauripur and up to Agyathuri Pahar on the Hajo–lbari road, went haywire today following an accident on the ageing Saraighat bridge over the Brahmaputra. The bridge has been one of the main causes of concern for traffic magers in Guwahati and North Bank nowadays.
It so happened that a bamboo–laden truck had one of its wheels unscrewed when it was on the bridge, and that led to a traffic jam from 8 am to 1 pm. Thousands of vehicles were stranded from Gauripur to Jalukbari, stretching around five km. Thousands of vehicles were also stranded on the Hajo–lbari Road. Jalukbari Chariali, the road from Maligaon to Kacharighat and Beltola, the NH–37 and the road to the airport also badly felt the impact of the logjam of the entire traffic network in and around Saraighat bridge.
So much so that thousands of people bound for Guwahati from the North Bank had to hire cars and come to the city through ferry services from North Guwahati.
Everyday over a lakh of people come to Guwahati for various purposes, and a large number of people from the South Bank also go to Amingaon as the Kamrup DC and the SP offices are located at Amingaon. In such a situation, the restriction of traffic on the ageing bridge has been a serious trouble for smooth traffic. The government, however, is not doing anything worthwhile to solve the traffic problem.
The works of second bridge over the Brahmaputra parallel to Saraighat bridge is very slow, and that adds to the problem. Given the lethargic progress of the works of the four–lane highway and its bridge, the problem seems to linger long.