[Assam] NH-52 repair work from Gogamukh to Akajan progressing well (The Assam Tribune, 07.05.2007)

Buljit Buragohain buluassam at yahoo.co.in
Mon May 7 10:27:32 PDT 2007

                NH-52 repair work from Gogamukh to Akajan progressing well
>From Our Correspondent
 DHEMAJI, May 6 – The widening and upgrading works of NH-52, from Gogamukh to Akajan near Silapathar, about 60 km in length, the responsibility of which is entrusted with 119 RCC of BRO (Border Roads Organisation) is in progress. The work will be completed by 2007.

Officer commanding of 119 RCC of BRO, Manju Nath Nayak, whose headquarter is in Yazeli of Arunachal Pradesh, visited Dhemaji recently, and told this correspondent that the quality of black toping will be very good. The two-kms road from 409 to 411 kms in Dhemaji town will be made of concrete along with drainages.

The earthfilling works will be complete within a few months which is done mostly by truckages so that less and less land should be encroached for widening of the road. A huge stone-crasher has been installed at Gogamukh at a cost of Rs 4 crore and two other small stone crushers will be installed. The early allotment of land by the government will help in speedy works.

BRO is facing some problems due to standing electricity lines on the road which will be replaced in co-operation with State Electricity department.

Nayak said that, the road connection between Gogamukh and Silapathar was not disrupted for a single day in the last four years since the taking over of the road by the BRO. And BRO is well equipped to restore connection within hours if the road gets disconnected. The BRO had to bear the burden of Rs 32 lakhs to renovate the Chamarajan wooden bridge which collapsed due to the weight of an overladen truck.

Meanwhile, the conscious people of Dhemaji got panic at the news of handing over of the NH 52 to the State PWD from BRO. But later they were relieved to learn that the NH 52 from Lakhimpur to Jonai is not being handed over to State PWD. The people of the area have very bitter experience with the State PWD which is very ill equipped on all fronts of technical, financial and even to maintain bare road connectivity.

Landline phones : Many of the landline phones of Dhemaji have remained dead since first week of April. It is learnt that the phones could not be revived due to lack of some materials. Since the introduction of mobile services landline services quality has declined substantially. But due to frequent break down of mobile network the landline phones become necessary. So, the people here have urged the telecom department to give adequate importance in keeping landline phone services undisrupted.


(The Assam Tribune,07.05.2007)
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