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Concern over closure of public road by Army

By Correspondent

TEZPUR, May 10 - People of the greater Panchmile and Dekargaon areas have expressed grave concern over the closure of a public road maintained by the PWD to facilitate surface communication in the greater area, by the Army.

The 3 km-long PWD road connecting Parwa Chariali to Solmara via Noorbari Tea Estate has been used by the local people for years to reach important places like the Mouzadar�s office, hospital, police station, NRC office, BDO office, BEEO office, Dekargaon Train Station, Bindukri weekly market etc. The closure of the road by the Army has created an awkward situation for the common public. People alleged that besides harassment to the common public by the Army, emergency services like 108 ambulance, fire brigade and even police vehicles are not allowed to pass through this public road.

More importantly, the local people while showing utmost responsibility towards the nation, donated their miadi patta land to the Indian Army for setting up the Army cantonment during the 1962 Chinese aggression. �Despite such sacrifice towards the nation, today as a return we are facing harassment. Posing the question of national security, the Army has already taken over many of our public properties like the Kali Mandir and the public crematorium, which is not fair,� they rued.

It is pertinent to mention here that as per norms, a PWD maintained road cannot be possessed by any autonomous agency since it is for the common people and nobody should be stopped from using such a road. In 2012, the people of the area registered their protest against the Army and to disperse the protestors the Army fired upon the people and injured several protesters. However, seeking an impartial judgement over the issue, people of the greater area have already moved the Gauhati High Court. The High Court ordered the authority concerned, including the district administration and the Solmara Army Cantonment to open an alternative road for Army use, thereby allowing the common commuters to use the PWD road without any harassment.

The people of the area have urged the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora to �deal with the issue by placing it before the Central Government. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur district, Laya Madduri has ordered a probe into the matter.

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Concern over closure of public road by Army

TEZPUR, May 10 - People of the greater Panchmile and Dekargaon areas have expressed grave concern over the closure of a public road maintained by the PWD to facilitate surface communication in the greater area, by the Army.

The 3 km-long PWD road connecting Parwa Chariali to Solmara via Noorbari Tea Estate has been used by the local people for years to reach important places like the Mouzadar�s office, hospital, police station, NRC office, BDO office, BEEO office, Dekargaon Train Station, Bindukri weekly market etc. The closure of the road by the Army has created an awkward situation for the common public. People alleged that besides harassment to the common public by the Army, emergency services like 108 ambulance, fire brigade and even police vehicles are not allowed to pass through this public road.

More importantly, the local people while showing utmost responsibility towards the nation, donated their miadi patta land to the Indian Army for setting up the Army cantonment during the 1962 Chinese aggression. �Despite such sacrifice towards the nation, today as a return we are facing harassment. Posing the question of national security, the Army has already taken over many of our public properties like the Kali Mandir and the public crematorium, which is not fair,� they rued.

It is pertinent to mention here that as per norms, a PWD maintained road cannot be possessed by any autonomous agency since it is for the common people and nobody should be stopped from using such a road. In 2012, the people of the area registered their protest against the Army and to disperse the protestors the Army fired upon the people and injured several protesters. However, seeking an impartial judgement over the issue, people of the greater area have already moved the Gauhati High Court. The High Court ordered the authority concerned, including the district administration and the Solmara Army Cantonment to open an alternative road for Army use, thereby allowing the common commuters to use the PWD road without any harassment.

The people of the area have urged the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora to �deal with the issue by placing it before the Central Government. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur district, Laya Madduri has ordered a probe into the matter.