GUWAHATI, April 25 � Raising concern over the slow pace of expansion work of the National Highway from Khanapara to Jorabat, the Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has asked the Chief Secretary of Assam to direct the authorities concerned to complete the construction works on war footing to give relief to the people.
Explaining the problems caused to the common people due to the construction work through a letter to the Chief Secretary, the NGO said that the delay in the construction of flyover and the National Highway was the main cause behind severe traffic jams in the area.
�The area has become unsafe for the movement of vehicles and pedestrians. In the dry winter, dust storm causes immense difficulties to the people. At times it becomes very difficult to drive on the highway due to dust, which causes accidents in the area,� the letter to the Chief Secretary mentioned.
�On the other hand, during rains, the water run-off from different sides, including Meghalaya, gets deposited in the Jorabat area, which also causes artificial floods and blocks the traffic for several hours,� it further mentioned.
The NGO added that due to rampant deforestation on the Meghalaya side, muddy waters coming from that side get deposited in Jorabat, which further aggravates the situation.
�The Government of Assam should immediately take the initiative to discuss the issue with the Meghalaya Government to solve the problem in the greater interest of the people and environment of the area. The National Highway authorities and the contractor of the flyover should also be directed to complete their works rapidly,� the letter added.