GUWAHATI, Dec 12 - A host of civic problems like non-functioning streetlights, potholed roads and rotting garbage have irked the local people of Hatigaon area. Besides, the residents have also been complaining about security threats and the menace of stray animals in the area but no action has been taken by the authority yet.
�The Chaolung Sukapha road (earlier known as Sijubari Path), one of the busiest roads of the city, has not been repaired for many years. There are schools, markets, a hospital and thousands of people staying on the road. Potholes on the road are causing inconvenience to the motorists as well as to the senior citizens who find it difficult to walk on the roads. We have been complaining to the officials but many of the problems remain,� said an aggrieved resident of Hatigaon Anowara Begum who is also associated with a women group, Padatik Nari Samaj.
�Moreover, there is no facility of tap water connections which has forced the residents to use water from wells. Several incidents of people falling down the wells have been reported from the Sijubari area," she added.
A garbage bin located at the Hatigaon-Bhetapara road is also posing a health hazard to the entire area.
�The garbage bin overloaded with waste now spills over to the road. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation is not serious about collection of garbage from the bin,� a senior citizen said.
�We have witnessed that people throw garbage on the roadside due to the overloaded bin which stinks. Cows, ragpickers and scavengers then make matters worse. Vacant plots are turning into a garbage dump in the area," he added.
The rising theft cases in the area are also becoming a cause of concern for the residents.
Recently, Rs 20 lakh worth of items was stolen from an apartment when there was no one in the house. The stolen items included Rs 25,000 cash, gold jewellery and silk and muga clothes.