Foundation stone hope for highway repairs

How long does it take to repair a road? In some cases and areas, more than 10 years.

By Avik Chakraborty in Dibrugarh
  • Published 17.09.18
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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal lays the foundation stone in Dibrugarh on Sunday. (Avik Chakraborty)

Dibrugarh: How long does it take to repair a road? In some cases and areas, more than 10 years.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the National Highway 37 (Assam Trunk Road) reconstruction project here at Chawalkhowa in the presence of finance and PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Dibrugarh MP Rameshwar Teli and MLA Prasanta Phukan. The road has been in a dilapidated condition for more than a decade.

Under the project, 19.54-km of the national highway passing through Dibrugarh will be reconstructed from Chawalkhowa to Barbaruah at a cost of Rs 32.29 crore.

Sonowal said the renovated highway will ease the woes of the people, adding that work will be expedited to ensure its completion by March 31 next year. "We are giving topmost priority to built the road connectivity under the Act East policy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given special impetus to develop the road infrastructure of the region."

The chief minister has come under fire from the public for the poor condition of the national highway passing through Dibrugarh, which also happens to be his home constituency.

During a recent visit to Dibrugarh, the chief minister had to postpone one of his meetings scheduled at his ancestral village Bindhakota Muluk gaon in Chabua as members of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) blocked the national highway at Chawalkhowa protesting the poor condition of the highway.

As a result of the protest, Sonowal had to postpone his visit by several hours.

On July 22 last year, Sonowal laid the foundation stone of Graham Bazar to Assam Medical College road, along with other two roads of Dibrugarh but till date no repair work has been done. The road condition was pathetic and as a result patients and daily commuters are facing problems.

"We have faced lots of difficulty while passing through this road because of its dilapidated condition. We hope that the road will be reconstructed soon. We voted the Sonowal government to power to see change but till date the government has done nothing so far for the people," said a local resident.