Golaghat, Oct. 19: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today reaffirmed their stand on the retention of national highway status for NH37 between Jakhalabandha and Bokakhat in Golaghat district.
The representatives of AASU’s Golaghat and Nagaon district units today held a joint discussion at Kaliabor in Nagaon district over the ongoing case at the National Green Tribunal on the de-notification of the highway stretch and handing it over to the Kaziranga National Park authority.
After the meeting, the union announced a series of agitation programmes, including a two-day mass signature campaign from October 22 at Kaliabor, Jakhalabandha, Kuthori and Bokakhat and a NH37 blockade on October 25 at Kohora Chariali. The union appealed to the state government to put up a strong stand in support of the cause and for the lakhs of people for whom the highway stretch is their lifeline.
“As far as protection of wildlife is concerned, the government should take up all precautionary and preventive measures, including handing over the park security to the army,” Monowar Hussain, AASU central executive member, said.
The union had earlier submitted a memorandum to Assam governor J.B. Patnaik, chief minister Tarun Gogoi, forest minister Rakibul Hussain and PWD minister Ajanta Neog on the issue.