JORHAT, Jan 21 - The Majuli district administration has directed the petrol pump owners of the Brahmaputra river island not to provide fuel to two-wheel riders found not wearing helmets.
A district administration official told The Assam Tribune that an order issued by the Majuli Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Chinmoy Nath, on Saturday evening has asked the petrol outlets to provide oil only to two-wheel riders who come wearing helmets.
The order stated that the administration will take serious note of any violation of the order and will impose fine on any petrol pump dealer if it was found that petrol was sold to any two-wheel rider who did not wear helmet.
The order, while asking the motorbike and scooter riders to wear helmets as required to do so under the motor vehicle law of the country, has directed the concerned authorities to initiate action as per provisions of the law against those found violating the Motor Vehicle Act.
The ADM also asked the petrol pump dealers to remove all kinds of hoarding and banners put up for advertising different products at the entrance of the pump premises connecting the road to ensure maximum visibility to the riders.
An administration source said that the said measure has been undertaken in view of several cases of road accidents involving two-wheelers occurring in Majuli in recent times.
Inquiry ordered: The Majuli Deputy Commissioner, PG Jha, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into non-completion of construction work of a road in the island for last 10 years.
An official source of the Majuli district administration told this correspondent that the Majuli DC during a review meeting on road projects in the island came to know about the non-completion of the Phulani-Gowalabari Road measuring 9.97 kms under PWD (Rural Roads) Subdivision of the department till date though the construction work was started by a contractor 10 years ago.
The source said that Jha, while admonishing the concerned PWD authorities, directed Executive Magistrate Achyut Baruah to conduct an inquiry into the matter and find out the lapses that has led to the project hanging fire for so long.
State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal represents the Majuli Assembly seat.