Protest over varsity road

Guwahati: Gauhati University students residing as paying guests and in rented houses at Garigaon near National Highway 37, west of the university, are angry over the dilapidated condition of the road.

The road is the shortest and easiest way to the university campus for the students residing in Garigaon and nearby areas.

The condition of the road gets worse during the rainy season and the students have to take the longer route to the campus through the Sat Mile bus stoppage, which is nearly 2km from Garigaon.

The students could reach the university in five minutes.

"There are around 700 students staying at Garigaon, most of whom are local residents. We have submitted several memorandums, along with the people of Garigaon, to the university authorities two years ago. They assured us of immediate steps once the rainy season was over, but unfortunately the condition of the road remains the same even today," said a former student of botany under the university.

"The road has been in a bad condition for last five to six years. The road is waterlogged after a single night's downpour," said a resident of Garigaon.

University vice-chancellor Mridul Hazarika told The Telegraph: "The issue has been discussed in a higher-level committee meeting. According to the NHAI rules and regulations, no such lane or bylane should be constructed near the highways. Any such construction of road is more vulnerable for educational institutions where students have to cross the highway risking their lives to take the easiest way. We are more aware of the security of our students," he said.

"We have also discussed with the NHAI authorities to construct a footbridge if possible," added Hazarika.

"This road has always remained an issue for the university's post-graduate students union elections every year. All candidates show us hope and win, but our grievances remain in memorandums year after year. Now that the road is going to be blocked, it is an utter failure on our part to sensitise the university authorities on the problems of students residing here," said a student of political science.

Sanjib Barua, university engineer, said, "The road lies within the university campus and the our students are suffering. Therefore, an alternative to the problem must be taken out through discussions with members of the university council in a meeting."


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