72 hour bandh called over Lakhipur road

SILCHAR, August 10: Network of roads across Barak Valley are in a bad shape and despite media focus on it, there is little action from the PWD (NH) or Rural division. Lakhipur sub division is no exception. Public complaints and agitations for improvement of roads from time to time have no effect on the authorities concerned. Presently, people are very much agitated over the deteriorating condition of the vital Lakhipur–Ramnagar–Amjurghat road which is a vital link that connects NH 37, earlier NH 53.
According to information from the sub divisional headquarters of Lakhipur, in protest against the indifferent and callous attitude of the administration and the PWD (Rural), people of the areas covering besides Ramnagar, Amjurghat and Binnakandie along with the clusters of villages around under the banner of ‘South Barak Road Development Committee’ have given call for 72 hour bandh beginning from the sunset of Friday. The bandh will end at 5 pm of Monday.
The bandh, according to Mukesh Singh, president of South Barak Road Development Committee, has evoked spontaneous response from all sections of people and it continues without any breach of peace. Movement of all sorts of vehicular traffic through the 15 km long road has come to a standstill. All shops, big and small, commercial banks, State government offices, schools and a lone college in the area have remained closed. Normal life has been affected. But, people have willingly opted for the inconvenience to shake up the PWD (Rural) division of Cachar.
Nazrul Islam Barbhuiya, a resident of Amjurghat, said it is most pathetic that the people have been using the road in such dilapidated condition for the last 10 years. Nobody knows how much fund has been allotted or used for its improvement. All that remains are potholes and craters. PWD executive engineer, local residents say, has been feeding them with assurances only. Their representative of the area, Dinesh Prasad Goala, can hardly be contacted to know about any plan and estimate. It has been the expectation that in view of the coming Parliamentary elections, there will be definite information about any plan to improve the road.
Ghurni Singh, journalist of Lakhipur, said the sub divisional officer, Nabarun Bhattacharjee, and sub divisional police officer, Anjan Pandit, visited the area, met the people and urged upon them to maintain peace and tranquility. They did support the cause behind the bandh. In fact, it is one of the main roads of the sub division that works as a feeder to connect important places including Silchar, Jirighat and Jiribam in Manipur.
Kanta Singh, secretary of South Barak Road Development Committee, said the decision to go for 72 hour bandh was endorsed at a public meeting and it was decided that if no tangible result emerged even after this agitation, further course of action would be taken up after due deliberations and review of the situation. He was however hopeful that the civil administration and the PWD (Rural) would respond and initiate positive action by addressing the mounting public grievances. (SentinelAssam)