GUWAHATI: The concern for the environment of an Assamese contractor came to the fore on Thursday when the man started plantation of saplings on either side of roads that he had constructed. Plantation of saplings was not in the PWD estimates of the projects. It is not all. The contractor has also offered to take maintenance of the saplings.
The contractor talked about is Anil Das from Mirza in the Kamrup district. The PWD awarded him the 27-km Palasbari-Chandubi Road (Palasbari-PL Rajapara Road) under Asom Mala. The alignment of the road led to the felling of a few hundred trees. The project estimate had no provision for the plantation of saplings. The felling of trees might have pricked his conscience, and he started a plantation drive on either side of the road today. His men planted 'Krishnachura' on one side of the road and rain trees on the other. They sowed around 2,000 saplings on this road today and fenced them.
The contractor also started plantation drives on two other roads he had constructed. According to reports, he would plant 10,000 saplings and upkeep them through proper maintenance.
Anil Das once hit the headline for completing the Flyover at Supermarket in Guwahati a few months before schedule. He did receive accolades publicly from Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for that feat.