GUWAHATI, June 2 � Voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has demanded reopening of the Lakshminath Bezbaroa Road for the road users as a mark of respect to the Sahityarathi in the year of his 150th birth anniversary.
The SGBG said in a statement here that in 2008, there were widespread protests against the closure of this road, which was earlier known as the Station Road.
This road used to be the only outlet for the Army vehicles and the vehicles of people who used to visit the Guwahati Railway Station, besides the vehicles of the Reserve Bank of India. Closure of this road for a whimsical decision to set up a modern parking place has caused immense hardship for these people and organisations.
Significantly, the authorities did not bother to consult the people before closing the road, which reflected the anti-democratic attitude of the authorities concerned. The closure of this road has burdened the roads running in front of the historic Cotton College and between Cotton College and Cotton Collegiate Higher Secondary School in an unprecedented manner.
The closure of this century-old road is nothing but a crime. The authorities concerned should take steps to reopen the road for the public expeditiously, said the voluntary organisation.