Mega Block Project
Mega Block work by Railways to hit supplies hard
Silchar : Expressing concern over the ensuing ‘mega block’ by North-East Frontier Railway authorities on the Lumding-Silchar-Agartala section which will be the last leg of the ongoing Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project, Lok Sabha member from Silchar, Susmita Dev has expressed concern over the smooth supply of essential commodities during the block.
During this period, no train will travel on the said route. This also means that all commodities meant for Barak Valley, Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Manipur will be transported by road.
On Saturday, the newly elected Congress MP visited the sites of the ongoing work of Silchar-Saurastra East-West corridor in Cachar and Dima Hasao areas and expressed her unhappiness over the condition of the Silchar-Haflong-Guwahati road and slow progress of the Silchar-Saurastra East-West Corridor work in Cachar and Dima Hasao areas of the state.
During her visit along with a team of senior officials from National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), PWD (National Highways) and NF Railway, the MP found that although the work in the Cachar areas (Silchar-Balacherra) has been completed, progress of the work on the East-West Corridor in Dima Hasao district is extremely poor.
It was found that work was yet to be taken up on the 31-km stretch from Balacherra to Harangajao in the hill district that runs through Barail wildlife sanctuary. A senior forest official informed the Silchar MP that although the department concerned of the Assam government has given its nod, NationalWildlife Board was yet to give permission to begin construction of East-West Corridor through the sanctuary. This has delayed the project.
Dev said she would take up the issue with Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi at a meeting at Dispur on June 3 so that work for the roads on question are speeded up and the supply route during mega block is uninterrupted.
Dev said that apart from the 31-km stretch from Balacherra to Harangajao, work for the East-West Corridor was interrupted on a 25-km stretch from Harangajao to Jatinga due to frequent landslides in the region. She said the Silchar-Shillong-Guwahati national highway is also not reliable because of extremely bad condition of roads in Barak Valley and Meghalaya areas and landslide in the neigbouring state during rains.
DAILY REPORT OF CACHAR DISTRICT