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Civic woes give ammo to Karim

Islampur, Sept. 13: Trinamul minister and Islampur MLA Chowdhury Abdul Karim today toured different wards in town and blamed the Congress-run civic body for the poor state of conservancy services and the abysmal road conditions.

The chairperson of the Islampur municipality is none other than the Congress’s Kanhaialal Agarwal, who contested the last Assembly elections as a rebel candidate against Karim at the behest of Deepa Das Munshi.

Today, Karim toured the municipality and pointed finger at the civic authorities for the trash accumulated in drains. He also took note of the poor state of roads.

“Look at the state of the drains. This will not only cause pollution but also spread diseases. There is no check on the encroachment on both sides of NH31 and pedestrians have to suffer all hardships. As the road is bad, traffic is slow and there are jams always,” said the minister.

Karim said he had asked Kanhaialal in July to give him an estimate of funds required to improve the civic facilities. “But he has not bothered to get back to me till date,” said the minister.

Agarwal said the municipality was always trying to improve the civic facilities and amenities.

“We have plans to put things in order before the Pujas. Roads in all localities will be repaired. We told the National Highways Authority of India that if they could not improve the condition of NH31, we would take up the repair. As far as the encroachments are concerned, the civic body cannot do anything on its own. The administration and the police will have to help,” he said.

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