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Concern over haphazard laying of cables

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GUWAHATI, April 1 � Expressing concern over the indiscriminate digging of city roads for laying of cables by a private mobile phone and Internet service provider, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said that the situation tantamounts to nuisance and a serious hazard for commuters.

Prof Dutta said in a statement that in most cases, the roadside holes were neither fenced nor given any proper fluorescent signage, making those extremely vulnerable accidents by commuters.

�It is equally shocking that both the PWD and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) are maintaining silence over the vandalism being perpetrated on roads under their authority. About a year back too, the PWD and GMC roads � including newly-laid roads � were badly dug up for laying of cables and a number of accidents were also reported following the whimsical and irresponsible exercise,� Prof Dutta said.

Deploring the inability of the government authorities in ensuring that such works were executed as per well-laid-down norms, Prof Dutta questioned how such blatantly anti-social works could go on under the very nose of the administration and the authorities concerned.

Prof Dutta also criticised the organisations and political parties that were habituated to raising a hue and cry over trivial matters, but �invariably chose to maintain a deafening silence when it comes to raising their voices over matters of vital public interest�.

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Concern over haphazard laying of cables

GUWAHATI, April 1 � Expressing concern over the indiscriminate digging of city roads for laying of cables by a private mobile phone and Internet service provider, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said that the situation tantamounts to nuisance and a serious hazard for commuters.

Prof Dutta said in a statement that in most cases, the roadside holes were neither fenced nor given any proper fluorescent signage, making those extremely vulnerable accidents by commuters.

�It is equally shocking that both the PWD and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) are maintaining silence over the vandalism being perpetrated on roads under their authority. About a year back too, the PWD and GMC roads � including newly-laid roads � were badly dug up for laying of cables and a number of accidents were also reported following the whimsical and irresponsible exercise,� Prof Dutta said.

Deploring the inability of the government authorities in ensuring that such works were executed as per well-laid-down norms, Prof Dutta questioned how such blatantly anti-social works could go on under the very nose of the administration and the authorities concerned.

Prof Dutta also criticised the organisations and political parties that were habituated to raising a hue and cry over trivial matters, but �invariably chose to maintain a deafening silence when it comes to raising their voices over matters of vital public interest�.