SILAPATHAR, April 4 � The Silapathar Town Committee and Dhemaji Town Committee bodies under Dhemaji district were formed at Dhemaji, the district headquarters on April 2. The elected members of both the committees took oath and selected the president and vice president of both the bodies.
In Silapathar Town Committee, out of 12 seats, the BJP got five, the Congress two, the Sanmilita Ganashakti two and Independents three. The elected members are Dhanada Gogoi in ward no 1 from INC, Siddique Ali in ward no2 from INC, Jenifer Phukan in ward no 3 as Independent, Sajal Kr Devanath in ward no 4 from BJP, Suken Das in ward no 5 as Independent, Debiram Pait in ward no 6 as BJP, Dhanar Singh Doley in ward no 7 from Sanmilita Ganashakti, Kabita Sonowal Phukan in ward no 8 from BJP, Swarnalata Kutum Pegu in ward no 9 from Sanmilita Ganashakti, Tulya Chetia Das in ward no 10 from BJP, Gopal Das in ward no 11 as Independent and Niru Das in ward no 12 from the BJP.
Kabita Sonowal Phukan and Gopal Das were selected as president and vice president of Silapathar Town Committee, while Prema Dutta and Banali Dihingia were selected as president and vice president of the Dhemaji Town Committee. The Dhemaji Town Committee has 10 seats.
Dhemaji Town Committee and Silapathar Town Committee were under Congress rule in the session 2009-2014. In this election, citizens of Dhemaji and Silapathar had exercised their franchise in favour of the BJP in the hope of good governance. The citizens of Dhemaji district are facing problems of pure drinking water, proper drainage system, proper road connectivity, street lights, traffic congestion etc. Several crores of rupees have been sanctioned to the Silapathar and Dhemaji Town Committee for development of the area. But due to the all-pervasive corruption, the residents have not got the due benefits.
There is no proper drainage system in both the town committee areas. At least Rs 22 crore was sanctioned to the Silapathar Town Committee for the drainage system. Still, the residents Silapathar have to face waterlogging in the rainy season due to non-utilisation of funds.