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Saturday , February 8 , 2014
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Locals raise doubts over drains

Dhubri, Feb. 7: The National Highways Authority and the Dhubri Municipal Board have allegedly done a shoddy job while building drains along Guru Teg Bahadur Road in Dhubri town.

GTB Road was included in National Highway 31 in 2012. Recently, contraction has stared on drains along a 1.5km stretch of the road.

“GTB Road, which transverse the main town, connects NH 31 at Beparipatty More. This road was not raised while the 7km-stretch from police checkpost to Beparipatty More was widened and considerably raised,” Alok Bardhan, president of the Dhubri district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), alleged.

Residents have raised similar allegations of poor quality work in the construction of 1,182m of drains along Ram Krishna Mission Road.

Residents said proper specifications were not followed, plaster was applied immediately after opening the shutters without proper water curing.

When contacted, assistant engineer of Dhubri Municipal Board Abdul Jalil Sheikh said they had not received any complaints from the residents but he would look into the allegations.

“Work started in 2012 and is nearing completion now. The estimated cost is Rs 1.3 crore. The average depth of the drain is 4 feet and the top slab’s width is 3.6 feet,” Sheikh said.

Chairman of Dhubri Municipal Board Himabrata Majumdar insisted that quality of work was not being compromised.

“I have been trying my best to implement all the board’s works according to specifications and maintaining good quality of work and this will continue as long as I am in the chair,” Majumdar said.

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