GUWAHATI, Dec 10 - Few of the city�s road dividers have fluorescent reflectors which is largely responsible for a majority of the road accidents, including many fatal ones.
Driving during night hours in the city has become a hazardous exercise, as it is difficult to notice the unmarked dividers - more so because the city�s streetlights do not function.
If one notices, one would see a good number of the city�s road dividers bearing marks of collision with vehicles. Regrettably, even the spurt in the accidents has failed to wake up the complacent PWD authorities from their slumber.
�It is inexplicable why the authorities have failed to do a basic job such as putting luminous reflectors on road dividers. It cannot be an expensive exercise but requires just a bit of common sense,� Mridumoloy, a citizen of Bamunimaidam area said.
All the major roads of the city including the GS Road, RG Baruah Road, MRD Road, Jyotiprasad Agarwala (Panjabari) Road have dividers without any luminous marking. And it is hardly surprising that there has been a spurt in road accidents involving collision with road dividers along these stretches during night hours.
The inertia of the authorities makes one wonder whether this could be a case of will ful negligence.
�We feel that the authorities could have a vested interest in allowing the number of road accidents to soar, as settling of road accident cases involves a lot of financial dealings,� another resident of Bamunimaidam said.
With the city set to host the last leg of the ASEAN Car Rally on December 16, citizens feel that rather than spending money and resources on superficial beautification of Guwahati, the authorities should do something concrete that can improve its crumbling infrastructure.
�The basics should be corrected first rather than putting emphasis on superficial things. It is ridiculous that the tax-paying citizens should plead for matters such as functional streetlights and reflectors on roadside dividers, which ought to be a fundamental duty of the authorities,� the resident said.