Jorhat, Sept. 9: The World Bank has sanctioned Rs 56 lakh for the laying of the Garali, a key road connecting Jorhat to Mariani, and extending to Mokokchung in Nagaland, while the PWD is working on the first cement concrete layout on the Neuville Road in front of the fish market here.
Executive engineer Anjan Dey said work on the World Bank project would begin after Durga Puja.
In the meantime, the road in front of the macher haat earlier known as Neuville Road, which was more of a dirt track with pits and bumps, is being concretised.
The 340-metre road with width varying from 9 metres to 12 metres in different places is being laid at a cost of Rs 45 lakh.
Anjan Dey said the government had taken up a number of roads in each district, as concrete roads were better than bitumen roads under the climactic conditions, which prevailed in Assam.
“The heavy and prolonged period of rain spoils the bitumen topping easily and the concrete roads have one and half times more strength than the former,” he said.
Two other roads under Teok revenue circle — the Maitri Sthal of 250 metres in length and the Teok Bongali Gaon Road of 300 metres — will also be made into cement concrete tracks.
In Sivasagar district, two cement concrete roads — the Jamuna Ali of 800 metres in length and 4.8 metres in width and the Red Cross Road of 220 metres in length — is also being constructed.
Earlier, the Jorhat Municipal Board had made a few short bylanes in Dhenususa, Choladhora, Rajabari and Khaijan areas of the district.
The board chairman said Assam PWD minister Ajanta Neog had laid stress on the construction of cement concrete roads and, henceforth, more of rural roads would be constructed similarly.
The Garali project envisages broadening of the stretch into three lanes. It would entail widening of the road to 12 metres from the existing 5.5 metres, drainage on the side opposite to the railway track and construction of a pavement on the same side.
Besides broadening and drainage, there will also be cross-drainage at Cinnamara and Mariani so that the water can flow out from the other side and not damage the railway tracks, which run alongside the road from KB Road police point to Mariani railway station.
Dey said approval had been received from the forests and environment ministries for clearance of the electric poles before the project was sanctioned.
The World Bank has sanctioned US $ 320-million aid to improve road connectivity in the state, with emphasis on secondary roads.
Although a few shops and boundary walls will be demolished, the widening of the road, which gets very congested during peak hours, has been welcomed by most.