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Preservation of old Dikhow bridge urged

By ANN SERVICE

SIVASAGAR, Dec 6 - In view of the deplorable condition of the old iron bridge over the Dikhow river, the Sivasagar district administration prohibited all kinds of traffic movement over the bridge about ten months back. The order was issued as per the Disaster Management Act 2005 in exercise of the powers of the district administration U/S 34 B&C. But for thousands of villagers in the nearby areas, especially of scores of villages like Hatikhuk, Na Ali, Rongghar Chariali, Dhuliapar, Bongaon, Bhatiapar and Meteka, the ban came as a huge obstacle to their communication with the temple town as the RCC bridge approach is very steep. Streams of vehicles cross the RCC bridge throughout the day.

The bridge, built by the British company Braithe Weight in 1935, has indeed become a potential threat to commuters due to continued neglect from the government even though it has become an indelible mark of identity of the historic three-century old township. Vehicular movement was of course prohibited in 1995. It was also a vital road link of the upper Assam with lower Assam through the Assam Trunk road for 84 years.

Further as the Sivasagar district administration made an all-out effort to put Sivasagar on the tourism map of India and of the world, the old illuminated iron bridge can be a spectacular piece of attraction for the tourists with slight modifications for tourists amusement amenities right under the wide space under the bridge along the bank, especially the portion presently occupied by the bamboo sellers and the sides of the embankments on either sides of the river at bridge point. Bhaskarjyoti Das of DY365, Biswa Baruah, secretary, Oikya, Uzzal Thakur, secretary, Rongpur Sahitya Sabha, Ranil Kr Bhagawati,VP, Barowari Kristi Vikash Moncha and many others taking to this correspondent said that the bridge be preserved and made usable with financial support from the PSUs and other industries working in the district. Dozens of socio-cultural organisations have long been demanding preservation of the bridge, of course , in a better condition.

Considering the plight of the daily commuters, the people of the nearby villages through an appeal on December 3, urged the Deputy Commissioner Sivasagar to lift the ban for the pedestrians and even offered to help district administration in repairing the middle portion of the bridge so that it can be used by them.

Further, the villagers demanded posting a traffic police point at the road intersection at the west end of the bridge due to increase in traffic and occurrence of a number of accidents at the point in recent past.

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Preservation of old Dikhow bridge urged

SIVASAGAR, Dec 6 - In view of the deplorable condition of the old iron bridge over the Dikhow river, the Sivasagar district administration prohibited all kinds of traffic movement over the bridge about ten months back. The order was issued as per the Disaster Management Act 2005 in exercise of the powers of the district administration U/S 34 B&C. But for thousands of villagers in the nearby areas, especially of scores of villages like Hatikhuk, Na Ali, Rongghar Chariali, Dhuliapar, Bongaon, Bhatiapar and Meteka, the ban came as a huge obstacle to their communication with the temple town as the RCC bridge approach is very steep. Streams of vehicles cross the RCC bridge throughout the day.

The bridge, built by the British company Braithe Weight in 1935, has indeed become a potential threat to commuters due to continued neglect from the government even though it has become an indelible mark of identity of the historic three-century old township. Vehicular movement was of course prohibited in 1995. It was also a vital road link of the upper Assam with lower Assam through the Assam Trunk road for 84 years.

Further as the Sivasagar district administration made an all-out effort to put Sivasagar on the tourism map of India and of the world, the old illuminated iron bridge can be a spectacular piece of attraction for the tourists with slight modifications for tourists amusement amenities right under the wide space under the bridge along the bank, especially the portion presently occupied by the bamboo sellers and the sides of the embankments on either sides of the river at bridge point. Bhaskarjyoti Das of DY365, Biswa Baruah, secretary, Oikya, Uzzal Thakur, secretary, Rongpur Sahitya Sabha, Ranil Kr Bhagawati,VP, Barowari Kristi Vikash Moncha and many others taking to this correspondent said that the bridge be preserved and made usable with financial support from the PSUs and other industries working in the district. Dozens of socio-cultural organisations have long been demanding preservation of the bridge, of course , in a better condition.

Considering the plight of the daily commuters, the people of the nearby villages through an appeal on December 3, urged the Deputy Commissioner Sivasagar to lift the ban for the pedestrians and even offered to help district administration in repairing the middle portion of the bridge so that it can be used by them.

Further, the villagers demanded posting a traffic police point at the road intersection at the west end of the bridge due to increase in traffic and occurrence of a number of accidents at the point in recent past.