DOOMDOOMA, April 23 - Following strong protest and resentment after Arunachal Pradesh Police allegedly dismantled a portion of the Zubeen Garg Setu, the bamboo bridge constructed over the river Noa-Dihing recently, to curb the movement of people during the lockdown period, the Namsai district administration of Arunachal Pradesh, after initially denying its involvement in the act, has finally agreed to reconstruct the bridge in the post-lockdown period.
Moreover, the Arunachal Pradesh administration has also agreed to allow plying of boats across the river for communication to Tengapani village during the lockdown period. The bridge connects Tengapani village of Assam situated along the border of Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of Assam. The Tinsukia district administration will also cooperate in reconstruction of the bridge.
This decision was taken at a meeting held at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner�s office of Tinsukia district on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Tinsukia DC Bhaskar Pegu and was attended by Sadiya MLA Bolin Chetia, Namsai DC Bijoy Talukder, Namsai Superintendent of Police Ankit Kumar Singh, Sadiya Superintendent of Police BL Meena, All Moran Students� Union (AMSU) central committee president Arunjyoti Moran, secretary Naba Moran, Tengapani Gaonburhah Sarat Chetia, Thepabari village representative Nirmal Handique and others.
After the meeting, Sarat Chetia told this correspondent, �Ultimately, the administrations took a decision to construct the bridge. The construction work will start from May 4. On behalf of the villagers, I would like to thank The Assam Tribune for publishing the news.�
�Today�s discussion was very cordial. Besides the issue of the bridge, several other issues like demarcation of boundary between both the states, survey of land in both the states along the border, development issues of the border areas were also discussed in the meeting. The administrations of both the districts agreed to send proposals in these matters to the higher authorities of their respective governments,� said AMSU president Arunjyoti Moran.
It may be mentioned here that Sadiya MLA Bolin Chetia took the initiative and arranged the meeting on Tuesday. Chetia also visited the bridge and talked to the local people of Tengapani and Thepabari village and also of the meeting held at the Tinsukia DC office.