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Wednesday , October 19 , 2011
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Neglect marks Bishnupath Road in Rukminigaon

The residents of Bishnupath at Rukminigaon near the Dispur capital complex have been suffering because of bad roads and a lack of pucca drains along the five bylanes. Existing kutcha roads and drains, particularly along bylane number 3, need to be repaired immediately. Walking on foot has become dangerous because of waterlogging, particularly in the monsoon. Stagnant water often overflows on to the road. This matter has been brought to the notice of the GMC and the GMDA by Bishnupath Unnayan Samity several times, but nothing has been done so far.

The residents of Bishnupath feel that the bylanes are the worst roads in the city and because of the negligence of the GMC, GMDA and other departments concerned, these roads and bylanes are yet to be developed and repaired. The problem can be solved to some extent, if the departments make a sincere effort.

The Bishnupath Unnayan Samity has constructed one pucca slab-culvert at the point where bylane number 3 meets the main road of Bishnupath, which was urgently required for the passage of rainwater during the rainy season. But this is not enough. One more pucca culvert on the road is necessary for the easy outflow of drain water.

The misery of the residents is beyond description. We have noticed that in the past two years or so, National Building Construction Corporation had taken up the repair work of Bishnupath main road and started the preliminary work. But the work was suddenly stalled.

The Unnayan Samity reported the matter to the then Guwahati Development Department minister, who was kind enough to write to the GMDA authorities to take all possible measures to repair and develop the roads and drains. At present, the condition of this road is going from bad to worse. What is the reason behind this for non-completion of work? The residents have repeatedly expressed their resentment through the media, as well as through written complaints, but nothing has been done so far. I would, therefore, like to draw the attention of the government of Assam, in-charge Guwahati Development Authority, commissioner, GMC and the chief executive officer, Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority through your daily to ameliorate the sufferings of the pedestrians and residents of Bishnupath.

Ushakanti Das,
former vice-president, Guwahati Nagarik Santha Rukminigaon


Bus terminus woes

Adabari bus terminus. File picture

The Adabari bus terminus is in a shambles. The entire ground is covered with stone chips and boulders, besides slush and dirt. There is no pay-and-use lavatory, so passengers, drivers, handymen and traders use the terminus premises as a toilet. Moreover there are some sweetmeat and teashops in the surrounding area where commuters are expected to eat in unhygienic conditions. The terminus is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The local print and electronic media has been crying themselves hoarse seeking improvement of the terminus, but the government has done nothing. Many people have submitted memorandums to the local MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma but with no result. The Congress received a large number of votes from Jalukbari and Adabari but the terminus is hardly a reflection of their faith in the government. The terminus should be an eco-friendly and hygienic place.

Ashim Kumar Chakraborty, Adabari, Guwahati.

Jorhat Puja theme

The article Swamiji theme for Jorhat Puja in The Telegraph on October 1 said the Jorhat Provisional Railway Station was creating a replica of Belur Math as its Puja pandal. The move to showcase the life of Swami Vivekananda to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary is welcome. However, there is a fault in the information provided by the secretary of committee as quoted in the report. It says, “He said on Saptami, chief priest of Belur Math, Swami Ishatma Nandaji, will deliver a lecture at 7pm on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda”. But no swamijis/maharaj are appointed as priests for Ramakrishna Mission. Rev. Swami Ishatmanandaji is the secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Narottam Nagar, Tirap Arunachal Pradesh. He is also the principal of the school there.

Shubhadeep Paul, Tinsukia-45


The report published in The Telegraph (Northeast edition) on September 29 (Web space for Shankaradeva text) has some factual inaccuracies. First, Sunil Kumar Dutta is not the in-charge of the Centre for Assamese Studies. Secondly, the comment “Raxaraj Lakshminath Bezbaruah, who gave Assamese literature a new stature when it was tottering to establish itself against dominance of Bengali language” is totally uncalled for and out of context. It is the reporter, Rajiv Konwar’s personal view and has nothing to do with the Centre for Assamese Studies or anybody associated with the Centre and the university.

Sunil Kumar Dutta Tezpur, Assam

Our reporter, Rajiv Konwar, replies:

Following a mail sent by Rajeev K. Doley, deputy director (T&P), special officer to vice-chancellor of Tezpur University to The Telegraph, this reporter contacted him. Doley gave the mobile number of Sunil Kumar Dutta (94351-85424) saying that he was the “in-charge” of the Centre for Assamese Studies. The line was used to indicate the contribution of Bezbaruah to Assamese literature. From the paragraph of the report it is obvious that the line has nothing to do with the Centre for Assamese Studies of Tezpur University as it is not in the comments of Dutta or any of the members of the centre.

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