SILCHAR, April 29 - With the onset of the rainy season, potholes along the Silchar-Dwarbond road connecting Assam University Silchar are back to haunt the commuters.
The road which was repaired two years ago following public outcry has developed significant cracks and new potholes at various locations. In some portions, particularly in Silkuri area, the condition is fast deteriorating, thus making it extremely difficult for people to tread through.
�With fresh cracks widening fast, it has become very difficult to travel through the road. If no steps are taken now, we fear we shall be facing terrible times ahead when monsoon rains lash hard,� said Dr Prodipto Das, a faculty of the university.
Milon Das, a research scholar of the university also shared similar thoughts saying that preventive steps should be taken to mend the worn-out portions.
�We had raised the issue before the Cachar Deputy Commissioner recently. She assured that work will start after the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha election gets over,� he informed.
On the other hand, talking to The Assam Tribune, Akbar Hussain Mazumder, Executive Engineer of PWD, Karimganj State Road Division said that a SOPD estimate worth Rs 89 lakh was sent and tender process was done for road repair of the 32-km Silchar-Dwarbond road stretching up to Hailakandi earlier in the year. However, the work is yet to obtain administrative approval, he mentioned.
�Temporary patch work with sandgravel fillings are being done at various points. I had taken up the issue with the Chief Engineer as well. An estimate of Rs 89 lakh was sent to SOPD for the entire Silchar-Dwarbond-Hailakandi road stretch, but we are still awaiting administrative approval from the PWD Commissioner�s desk,� Mazumder stated.