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Overloading of coal trucks alleged

By Correspondent

TURA, Jan 23 - A�kim Saldora Society (ASS), an NGO based in Garo Hills, has sought control over overloading of coal trucks besides asking the administration to look into rash driving incidents involving the trucks.

The issue of overloaded coal trucks and its impact on the poor roads on South Garo Hills was raised by the NGO after export of coal from Gasuapara land port began last week.

In a letter addressed to Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills, SN Marak, ASS president Nathawal Maraksaid the �NH 62 has more than 20 wooden bridges with a carrying capacity of only nine MT. However, the loads being carried now are far beyond the capacity of the bridge,� said Marak in the letter.

The NGO stated that the PWD Roads Division has specifically stated that the load capacity of the wooden bridges was nine tonnes and the bridges may fall anytime if the load capacity is exceeded.

�We have spoken to drivers of these trucks who have confirmed that they carry 15-16 tonnes of coal. Adding the weight of the truck, the load goes beyond 20 MT.�

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