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Diphu faces poor road connectivity

Correspondent Diphu, Nov 17
Published on 18 Nov. 2012 12:04 AM IST
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Karbi Anglong has many characteristics to be proud of but one of the striking underlying facts is the bad road conditions.
Since roads directly contribute to the economic growth it is extremely essential that the roads are well laid out and maintained. Bad road conditions are nothing new to this hill district of Assam, maximum villages of this district still have poor road links.

Even the materials used for black topping the road were bad quality, poor geometrics and insufficient pavement thickness.
The Assam state public works departments functioning under the administrative jurisdiction of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council chiefly builds roads, beside minor roads are constructed by authorities like District Rural Development Agency and town committees.

Maximum average width of black topped roads of Diphu, is 7.5 metre with a side clearance of about 3 metre. The town with a total black topped road of three kilometres was also facing major encroachment problem.

Diphu PWD road division is currently managing 424 KM roads including 179 black topped roads, 122 KM gravel and 128 earthen roads.

“Standard norms of PDW necessitate in case of urban road, is free un-encroached 50 feet land from the centre of the road, but maximum free area on either side of the roads of this town is encroached, we are now dependent on the civic sagacity of occupier for building drainage system and widening of the roads of this town”, said Jewel Timung , executive engineer of PWD, Diphu road division.

According to Timung, trace map of this town has been prepared by the revenue authority without consulting the PWD authority, but there was hardly any space for widening the roads. “Atleast we want 30 feet on either side, fund is not a factor but the hazard of occupation is preventing the needed work” he added.

Dimapur, Lumding, Haflong, Silchar roads categorized as state highways needed hundred feet clearance on either side of the road measuring from the centre.

However, winding process of this road is on but in actual practice the authority has to opt for the middle ground to accomplish the work.
“Four lane road is necessary for solving traffic problem of this town, with this we need proper drainage network for that we also need the cooperation of the town committee who will provide us out let for canalizing dumped garbage and clogged water of the town, decentralization of market is also necessary to reduce pressure on particular places.

To carry out all the necessity we need peoples cooperation, the citizens will have to spare land for increase road and proper drainage” pointed out Jewel Timung, the man in charge of the Diphu roads.

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