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Showdown in Cachar

Silchar, Sept. 14: The Cachar district administration and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are at loggerheads over repairs of National Highways 53 and 54, which link the district with Manipur and Mizoram respectively.

Currently, stretches of these two highways — passing through Cachar — are in an awful state.

The 765th unit of the Border Roads Task Force (BRTF), which is responsible for maintaining these two highways, has not been proactive with repairs. So, Cachar district magistrate H.K. Deb Mahanta issued a showcause notice to the local BRTF yesterday.

The notice, which was sent to the commander of the 765 BRTF, has sought a reply as to why criminal proceedings, under Sections 268, 278 and 290 IPC, should not be initiated against the BRO.

The BRO has been given five days to reply, according to the notice.

The district magistrate said lack of repair on these two vital national highways was causing serious discomfort to the public and also damaging vehicles repeatedly.

In the fax message to the commander of the 765 BRTF, Deb Mahanta particularly pointed out the distressing condition of NH 53.

Deb Mahanta said he had sent at least five letters to the commander of the 765 BRTF between August 11, 2011, and August 30, 2012, but work did not get off to a start.


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