Administration streamlining traffic snarl

SILCHAR, June 27: In order to address traffic snarl in the town, the district administration has taken a few decisions as part of which no public transport will be allowed to enter the town from July 1. The public transports from Lakhipur, Udharbond, Jirighat will be stopped at Rongpur where a new stand will be made.
Besides, the night and day supers from Lakhipur and Udharbond areas could only go via the town under a condition which is that all these transports could not stand more than ten minutes at Capital point.
The vehicles coming from Sonai and Dholai areas would be stopped at Nagatilla while Silchar bound transports from Hailakandi and Karimganj districts will take a halt at Inter State Bus Terminus.
It can be mentioned here that the Gauhati High Court in reply to six writ petitions directed Cachar administration to put all the commercial vehicles out of the town on March 14. It was also made clear at the judgment that all the stands should be set up out of the town. The administration put the work on hold to keep the transport vehicles out of the town owing to different festivals, programmes and the general elections. But, now the administration has issued a notice in pursuance to the Gauhati High Court’s order. For the last few days, the members of the owners’ association requested the district administration to rethink the decision.
Meanwhile, an important meeting was held on Thursday at the conference hall of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner under the presidentship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner MK Das. The meeting was attended by the owners and drivers of the vehicles of Lakhipur area. Different issues related to the setting up of the stands at Rongpur were discussed at the meeting. The main issues were the construction of toilets, shed, security, among others. The administration assured to address the basic issues on priority basis. Among others present at the meeting included divisional superintendent of ASTC, settlement officer Baranya Das. It has been assured that a few city buses will run from Rongpur stand to the town for the interest of the passengers.
Presently, no vehicular stand is located at Rongpur. The two government plots of land will be used for the new impending stand.
Hap–hazard parking of vehicles on either side of busy roads like Shillongpatty, Nazir patty and Hospital road, besides several other locations of Silchar have emerged as a major civic problem. Thousands of vehicles bound for intervalley destinations and beyond besides intercity movement find it hard to negotiate through the congestion, culminating in traffic snarl which has become a daily phenomenon. The move of the district administration to activate the bypass linking Ramnagar with Hailakandi road and the parking of long distance buses and trucks at Inter State Bus and Truck Terminus at Ramnagar has failed to have the desired result. (Source: SentinelAsam)