| The terrible condition of the stretch of National Highway 15 near New Sissiborgaon railway station in Dhemaji district. Picture by Vinod Kr Singh |
Dhemaji, May 4: The Sissiborgaon unit of AASU has threatened to block National Highway 15 if the bridge over a rail route near New Sissiborgaon railway station in Dhemaji district is not completed before the monsoon.
The construction of the bridge that would connect Bogibeel has continued on and off over the past decade.
Bharatia Construction Company is implementing the project. With the rains expected in a couple of months, many apprehend that the unfinished work would affect communication to four districts in Arunachal Pradesh apart from cutting off Dhemaji from other parts of the state.
“The decade-long construction has adversely affected vehicular traffic in the area and the ditches that have sprouted in patches have caused several accidents as well. We will launch a mass protest programme if the construction of the bridge is not completed before the monsoon,” Suraj Chutia, the general secretary of AASU’s Sissiborgaon unit told The Telegraph.
Craters have formed on the road and the plying of heavy vehicles on the stretch has deteriorated its condition. Sissiborgaon is 425km from Guwahati and 30km from Dhemaji.
H. Saikia, assistant executive engineer of NF Railway in-charge of the work on the section, said because of the delay in acquisition of land by the district administration, work got delayed.
Sources at the construction company said the owners of the land had objected to the project as they had not been compensated. Residents, too, have threatened to launch a movement if the condition of the 2km stretch near Sissiborgaon revenue circle did not improve.
Lakhyajyoti Chutia, a resident, said the local people have contacted the deputy chief engineer (Bogibeel project) and asked him to construct a flyover in the area. He said the ditches on the road cause accidents and the contractors have not paid heed to their pleas for repairs.