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Voters grill Ajmal on projects

Dhubri, Jan. 2: Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal faced flak during a citizens’ meet at the open air-theatre auditorium here last night.

The timing of the meet — at the fag end of Ajmal’s term as MP and ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections — has evoked sharp reaction from the people of the district.

Speakers reminded Ajmal about the commitments he made five years ago, including setting up of an eye hospital and a centre of Aligarh University at Dhubri Bholanath College.

“People want to know about the progress of these projects. They want to know what steps have been taken to construct an alternative road-cum-embankment along the Mora Gadadhar river from Dhubri to Beparipatty (Gauripur) to ease traffic snarl of the town,” said social activist Partho Pratim Ghose.

Another social worker, Hasen Ali Sheikh (Romel), came down heavily on the MP for his inability to improve the power situation in the district.

“Despite the abnormal power cuts in the district, the public representatives never raised their voice,” said Sheikh.

While the retired superintendent of Dhubri civil hospital Abdul Warish highlighted the poor healthcare services in the hospital, retired academician Amarendra Nath Roy spoke on sufferings of students owing to lack of subject teachers in Dhubri Government Boys HS School and Sishu Pathsala HS School.

After listening to the people, Ajmal discussed the steps he had taken on some of the projects and their progress.

“Though a lot of things are yet to be done, some steps have been taken on various projects. Last year, Rs 650 crore was sanctioned to developed Dhubri as one of the model towns in Assam along with four others. Recently, the Centre sanctioned Rs 40 crore for the river port. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured me that the foundation stone of Dhubri-Phulbari bridge over the Brahmaputra would be laid this year,” he added.

On the amenities at the five ghats in Dhubri, Ajmal said he had sanctioned five toilets for the ghats but the municipal board did not accord no-objection certificates (NOC) to the project and as a result, he diverted the funds to some other projects.

Organised by Dhubri MLA Jahan Uddin, the citizens’ meet was attended by Bilasipara (East) legislator Hafiz Basir Ahmed Kasemi and Goalpara (West) legislator Sheikh Shah Alam.

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