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Memes prompt road repairs in WGH

Memes prompt road repairs in WGH
The memes that went viral on Facebook.
TURA, AUG 16 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/16/2020 12:50:51 PM IST

The residents of Tura in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya have always been known to have a sense of humour, with many on social media highlighting the various local issues through hilarious memes.

The latest in the long list is the recent memes across town, showing the dilapidated road situation within the town.

Some of the roads that have been in abjectly pathetic condition are the ones near Hawakhana, Jail Road, the Tura Bazaar area among others.

The effect of the meme showing people taking baths, children playing in puddles, and one person washing clothes, just near the Members of District Council (MDC) quarters in Hawakhana, was such that repair work began on the stretch even on a Sunday, August 16, reports The Northeast Today.

While the originator of the post is currently yet to be identified, the meme went viral instantly with hundreds sharing it on their timelines. Users even went to the extent of giving the potholes a new title ‘Hawa Lake’.

Seemingly, the meme made a positive impact on the situation leading to repairs being ordered on an emergency basis.

Photos and videos of the repair work being done were posted on social media, with most hailing it as a victory for the platform.

However, the success of the Hawakhana meme seems to have been a one-off thing as another reported meme, showing a picture of Bollywood actor, Salman Khan sitting on a pothole in front of Jail Road, scratching his head at the situation, has failed to elicit any response as authorities continue looking the other way.

Another road just nearby Sunny Hills has also seen sections being washed just a few months after they were repaired. The distorted sections have now been sealed with a little concrete.

The situation of Jail Road, however, is different. Numerous complaints of the poor nature of the road have, till now, failed to elicit any positive responses from Public Work Department (PWD) authorities and the area remains amongst the most backward in terms of infrastructure in the town.

The areas mentioned above fall under the South Tura constituency being represented by the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.

In the bazaar area, huge potholes have developed in many sections but repairs seem to be the last thing on the mind of authorities.

Meanwhile, the BJP – Tura region has also sought the repair of the potholes around Tura, threatening to escalate the matter if the same was not taken care of.

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