TEZPUR, Sept 1 - People of different areas under Barchala LAC in Sonitpur district are suffering a lot due to the dilapidated conditions of most of the link roads passing through different villages in the constituency.
It is to be mentioned here that the Kolakuchi-Sagoli Ahot Tal road via Bandarmari, the road from Bandarmari Post Office to Tezpur Medical College via Purani Ghatwa, from Bandarmari to Bindukuri and Na-Ali point are the major roads in the area under Barchala LAC that help the people of the area connect with the NH-15 as well as other parts of the district. However, these major link roads are lying in a dilapidated condition with many potholes. Although bowing to mounting pressure from different sources, the government repaired these link roads during the Congress regime, misappropriation of a lion�s share of the sanctioned funds by the contractors engaged in the work has resulted in poor quality construction, as a result of which all the above-mentioned roads have at many places started wearing off, literally becoming death traps for the common denizens. On the other hand, the Kolakuchi-Gabharu Bridge built during the British period has been in a pitiable condition posing serious threat to the vehicular and pedestrian traffic. However, despite appeals and requests from various sides, for necessary measures for its reconstruction, the authority concerned has not given any attention to the issue.
It is to be said that though foundation stone of a number of Paver-Block road projects in most of the wards within the Bandarmari Panchayat were laid just ahead of the General-Election 2019, some of them are lying half done. Besides allegation of �quality-compromise� in construction of some of the completed roads in Barchala LAC by the contractor, the common masses expressed their annoyance that despite repeated requests to complete the works of the half done roads, the contractor has remained indifferent towards the issue.
It needs mention here that though a sizeable amount of funds for developmental works, particularly for the surface communication network have been sanctioned, but due to the lackadaisical attitude of the contractors and technical officers (engineers) involved with it, the works have not completed as per norms and in stipulated time.
The common people of the constituency have urged the authority, specifically the local MLA, Barchala LAC to intervene in the matter.