GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - Facing flak over the pathetic condition of most roads in the city which have not only resulted in massive traffic snarls on a daily basis but also caused many accidents in recent months, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration is now looking to undertake a major exercise to repair and refurbish the major streets of Guwahati.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune today, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Dr M Angamuthu said the exercise would be carried out in two phases.
In the first phase, work has been taken up for immediate repair and resurfacing of major roads by September 20 to ensure that it is completed before the Durga Puja which will take place in the last week of this month.
Next, once the dry season starts from October, the second phase will commence wherein work will be undertaken over the course of two-three months for major refurbishing of roads and by-lanes.
�We recently held a meeting where besides officials of departments concerned, the MLAs from Guwahati and the local MP were also present to discuss the matter. An elaborate plan was made based on that meeting. Stress is being given to inter-departmental coordination,� said Dr Angamuthu.
He added, �Most roads in the city are in very bad condition. We faced some hurdles because for some time there was shortage of construction materials as well as due to the monsoon rains. Now the shortage of construction materials has been overcome to some extent and the monsoon is also in its last phase.�
Meanwhile, some senior officials told this newspaper on condition of anonymity that the State government�s lackadaisical attitude is responsible to a large extent for the state of affairs.
�The party in power may have changed, but the work culture remains the same. Projects for construction of drains and repair of roads were sanctioned very late and had hardly started when the monsoon started. Besides, work on digging of roads to lay water pipelines was continued even after onset of the rainy season,� said an official.
Some repair and resurfacing work has been carried out on MRD Road, GS Road and at places like Noonmati and Narengi.
�However, there are stretches in places like VIP Road and at Kharghuli which have become almost impossible to use,� said the official.