DIBRUGARH, June 15 � Irked by the dilapidated roads in the district, and also elsewhere in the State, particularly the NH-37, the Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad today expressed their ire by burning the effigies of Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari and State PWD Minister Ajanta Neog while Asom Yuba Parishad, the youth wing of Asom Gana Parishad marched to the Court to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the National Authority of India and the Executive Engineer of Dibrugarh National Highways division.
Almost all roads in the district need urgent repair. With lots of potholes and huge cracks of metal surfaces all along, the roads have become death traps for the commuters. The National Highways, State PWD roads and roads in both urban and rural roads in the region are in its worst form. �Constant jerks during travel is causing back aches and neck pain to the people and is also damaging vehicles,� Sunil Rajkonwar, president Asom Yuba Parishad told newsmen after lodging the PIL.
Rajkonwar also criticised the MLAs and MPs of the region, alleging that the elected members were turning a blind eye to the horrible roads despite plying on them almost every day. �The elected members are only showcasing their lack of sense of social responsibility and inefficiency,� he said.
Accusing the Central Government of negligence, the AGP leader said that despite the fact that the country was earning huge revenues from the industrialized Upper Assam districts, the development measures in the region was too little. The Upper Assam districts have oil, coal, tea, fertilizers and gas industries etc. �Since we are paying substantial amount of revenue to the Centre and also to the State, how can we be deprived of development of roads,� Sunil Rajkonwar said.
The leaders of Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad criticised both the Union and State Ministers for failing to initiate repair works of the damaged roads. They burnt the effigies of both the Union and State Minister in front of the office of the Executive Engineer of Dibrugarh National Highway division near Dibrugarh Forest Range office.