Silchar, June 30: Alleging anomalies in the ongoing construction of a four-lane road from Rangirkhari to Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), the All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students' Association (ACKHSA) has submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma drawing his attention and demanded action as well.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, ACKHSA adviser Rupam Nandi Purkayastha claimed that the work in progress is not being carried out adhering to the guidelines. Citing encroachment issue, Rupam said "We had submitted a memorandum on October 16, 2020 and subsequently an ultimatum to Cachar District Administration on February 18 this year alleging illegal occupancy and encroachment of government land by some anti-socials having political clout. There are several illegal encroachments in areas in TT College and Meherpur. In some places along the stretch, particularly from National Highway point to Kathal Road point and again from Birbal Bazar upto SMCH, the width of the road has been randomly narrowed. How can the authorities including the office of the PWD, Settlement and Silchar Municipal Board allow the construction work which allegedly flouted norms," the adviser to the student body questioned.
" The Assam Government is the trustee of its own land and it is duty-bound to protect the land and environment," the ACKHSA members wrote in the memorandum. It is the duty of the civic board to clear such illegally occupied and encroached government land as per the 1952 land map, which if not done shall create a ghetto-like situation and pose serious hurdles in the drainage system of the city. We anticipate stern action to the issues raised from a lawyer-turned Chief Minister or else ACKHSA shall be forced to resort to vigorous democratic agitation," the student body claimed in the memorandum.
Further, the student body demanded that the four-lane road work should be extended further to Assam University Silchar campus from SMCH point which would facilitate students and university fraternity commute easily to the city.