GUWAHATI, Aug 24 - Members of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today blocked the national highways at several places to draw the attention of the Central Government to the deplorable condition of these vital roads in the State. The APCC programme was carried out for one hour between 11 am and 12 noon, stated an APCC press release here.
The programme was carried out in the districts of Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Morigaon, Cachar and Hailakandi. APCC president Anjan Dutta took part in the blockade programme at Ramnagar, Silchar. MP Susmita Dev also took part in the Ramnagar programme.
The Congress members will carry out the programme in Sonitpur district as well as in some parts of Dibrugarh district tomorrow, the press release added.
Our Hailakandi Correspondent adds: About 700 Congress workers, led by former minister and sitting MLA Gautam Roy, today blocked the Dhaleswar point of Hailakandi district (the meeting point of the NH-154 and NH-37) demanding immediate repair of the national highways.
Later a memorandum was sent to the Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari through the Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi. The memorandum, signed by district Congress president Ashok Duttagupta, alleged that the national highways are not being repaired in the State due to paucity of funds as the Central Government has stopped further flow of funds for repairing them.
Earlier, the repairing works of the national highways were done by the State government and for this, the fund was provided by the Centre. At present, the repairing works are also done by the Central government and due to this, the entire process has been delayed, the memorandum alleged.