NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Oct 13 - A prominent person from Pathorichuk village in Lakhimpur�s riverine area of Lohit-Khabolu died while he was being carried on a hand-oared boat to the state hospital in Garmur, Majuli for treatment.
Sashidhar Payeng (70), a retired Headmaster of Pathorichuk LP School and a revered social worker suffered a stroke on Friday morning and had to be rushed to the nearest hospital at Garmur, which is 10 km away. But as the area does not have any connectivity by road either to North Lakhimpur or to Majuli, he was carried on a small boat on the river Subansiri to Garmur. But Payeng breathed his last onboard the boat after completing 1.5 km of the arduous journey before reaching the hospital.
It may be recalled that Sashidhar Payeng�s son, Sushil Kumar Payeng, a professor at Sri Sri Pitambar Deva Goswami College, Majuli had died in similar condition while being carried on a thela to Garmur hospital following a stroke on August 17 this year. The tragic death of this father and son within two months in riverine Lakhimpur exposes the sorry state of affairs concerning connectivity and development.
Thirty villages in the Lohit-Khabolu area of Lakhimpur district are still not connected by roads either from North Lakhimpur or from Majuli for which a population of more than 30,000 face difficulty everyday from attending schools to going to hospitals.