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Failure to streamline traffic decried

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GUWAHATI, Dec 19 � Expressing concern over the failure of the authorities concerned in streamlining the city�s traffic, public activist Prof Deven Dutta today said that the latest move of the PWD authorities to close the breaks between the dividers by erecting brick barriers and fibre poles was a foolhardy attempt causing uncalled-for inconvenience to the commuters, and had more to do to with providing the so-called VIPs an uninterrupted passage for their movement.

Prof Dutta said that the situation was worsening the traffic congestion in the city.

Prof Dutta said that the exercise would benefit only the contractors and encourage corruption. Prof Dutta also urged the opposition parties to raise the issues concerning the 'whimsical and corruption-riddled' functioning of the PWD. �The PWD Minister, Ajanta Neog, also holds the portfolios of Urban Development, Municipal Administration, Guwahati Development, and a look at their function makes it clear how they are serving people�s interests,� he added.

In a statement, Prof Dutta said that through their various acts of omission and commission, the PWD authorities were adding to the commuters woes not just in the city but throughout the State.

�A case in point is the unmarked speed-breakers across the State, which has also been a major factor behind growing fatal road accidents. This is criminal negligence on the part of the authorities,� he said.

Prof Dutta also questioned why mobile service providers had been allowed to dig big holes on roads for laying of cables in a most irresponsible manner. �This has been a big nuisance posing a serious threat to life and limb of the road-users - not to mention other inconveniences. And once their purpose is achieved, the road is never restored to its original condition. PWD and Guwahati development Minister Ajanta Neog definitely owes an explanation for the nonsensical activities perpetrated on the city's roads,� he said.

The holes dug up on the roads do not have any protective barrier nor do they have any fluorescent marking to warn an unsuspecting commuter in the night. In some cases, the holes are so big that they extend almost to the middle of the road.

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Failure to streamline traffic decried

GUWAHATI, Dec 19 � Expressing concern over the failure of the authorities concerned in streamlining the city�s traffic, public activist Prof Deven Dutta today said that the latest move of the PWD authorities to close the breaks between the dividers by erecting brick barriers and fibre poles was a foolhardy attempt causing uncalled-for inconvenience to the commuters, and had more to do to with providing the so-called VIPs an uninterrupted passage for their movement.

Prof Dutta said that the situation was worsening the traffic congestion in the city.

Prof Dutta said that the exercise would benefit only the contractors and encourage corruption. Prof Dutta also urged the opposition parties to raise the issues concerning the 'whimsical and corruption-riddled' functioning of the PWD. �The PWD Minister, Ajanta Neog, also holds the portfolios of Urban Development, Municipal Administration, Guwahati Development, and a look at their function makes it clear how they are serving people�s interests,� he added.

In a statement, Prof Dutta said that through their various acts of omission and commission, the PWD authorities were adding to the commuters woes not just in the city but throughout the State.

�A case in point is the unmarked speed-breakers across the State, which has also been a major factor behind growing fatal road accidents. This is criminal negligence on the part of the authorities,� he said.

Prof Dutta also questioned why mobile service providers had been allowed to dig big holes on roads for laying of cables in a most irresponsible manner. �This has been a big nuisance posing a serious threat to life and limb of the road-users - not to mention other inconveniences. And once their purpose is achieved, the road is never restored to its original condition. PWD and Guwahati development Minister Ajanta Neog definitely owes an explanation for the nonsensical activities perpetrated on the city's roads,� he said.

The holes dug up on the roads do not have any protective barrier nor do they have any fluorescent marking to warn an unsuspecting commuter in the night. In some cases, the holes are so big that they extend almost to the middle of the road.

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