GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - The�residents of Sreebhuminagar located in the southern part of the greater Guwahati have expressed great resentment over the dilapidated condition of the only road for communication in the locality. The road connects the Lokhra-Adagudam road of Lalganesh area.
�The 800-metre long road, which has 25 byelanes on both sides, is in a pathetic condition. It is extremely accident-prone. A mild spell of rain is enough to inundate the area. There is no drainage system in place to drain excess rainwater. There is no streetlight as well,� secretary of the Sreebhuminagar Development Committee Ajit Deb said.
�There are two schools in this area. Students have been facing a lot trouble for years using this damaged road. School vans, too, are unable to come here to pick up students,� he said.
�The authorities�of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the PWD are both have been quite indifferent and have always shown an apathetic attitude towards this locality. After constant pursuance, however, the officials did visit the area on some occasions to survey the road. But, they went away saying it would require a hefty amount of money for the repair works, and that the departments do not have such a huge fund as of now,� he added.
Committee president Debasish Choudhury said there are around 6,000 residents in the locality and they have not seen any development for years. The area lacks basic amenities though it is a part of the Smart City project.
�During the time of elections, politicians do approach us for votes and make tall promises, but they always fail to keep them. Local MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, too, has been approached several times and we submitted memoranda to him for renovation of the road and development of the locality. But, no step has been taken yet,� Choudhury said.
�The road has not been repaired for the last 15 years. If the government does not take an initiative to repair it immediately, the residents will register their protest soon,� he added.
This, however, is not the only road to remain in such a pathetic condition. There are several others in the city that need urgent repairs.