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Sumanta Dutta, who was arrested in Guwahati on Monday on suspicion of helping the banned Ulfa hatch a hijack plot. Picture by Eastern Projections

Ulfa must sit for peace talks

It was with much concern that I read the newspaper reports on Ulfa's plans to hijack planes and the subsequent arrest of Sumanta Dutta, an airline employee for passing on vital information to the outfit. The Ulfa must realise that such acts will not help anyone's cause, least of all its own. The government has shown its willingness to hold talks and the Ulfa should grab this opportunity and help the government bring back peace to the state.

There was a time when many of us felt that successive governments at the Centre had failed to do justice to Assam and the Northeast, but times have changed and this part of the country has been slowly but steadily prospering. The future looks good with the Centre formulating the Look East Policy, which will certainly be a boon this region if implemented properly.

The situation calls for a fine balance between gentle persuasion and military action. It may be a tall order but the government must leave no stone unturned to restore peace.

Dilip Barua,
Guwahati

 


Anti-smoking move welcome

The Kamrup (metro) administration deserves kudos for taking the necessary steps to prevent the sale of cigarettes and junk food near the schools and colleges. It is a welcome step. Students are getting addicted to smoking cigarettes at a very tender age, which is adversely affecting their health. Despite a ban on smoking in public places, the sight of teenagers puffing cigarettes is very common, especially outside educational institutions like Cotton College, B. Borooah College and Cotton Collegiate Higher Secondary School.

I am worried about my son who is joining college this year. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation must immediately cancel the trade license of shops which sell cigarettes near schools and colleges.

Another welcome step that the administration has taken up is to prevent sale of junk food near the institutions.

Sangeeta Gogoi,
Guwahati

 


No end to traffic snarls

Traffic snarls in Guwahati seem to be here to stay, thanks to the never-ending process of flyover construction. Compounding the woes is the terrible condition of the roads alongside these flyovers.

For instance, the road below Ulubari flyover has never ensured a smooth ride ever since the flyover came into existence. The water supply pipes and canals passing underneath the roads, which is often dug up for maintenance work but are never filled up properly, leaves huge potholes. The PWD, too, seems least bothered about maintaining the roads, probably because these are hardly ever used by VIPs.

Similar is the condition of the service roads alongside the Athgaon flyover and A.T. Road which are not frequented by VIPs. Can something be done about this, please?

B.K. Kakati
Guwahati

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