ANN SERVICE SIVASAGAR, Jan 8 - West Panidihing is an important mouza of Sivasagar district. Lack of proper communication is the main problem of the villagers of this remote area since they have to travel a distance of about 45 kilometres to the district headquarter through a road via Nitaipukhuri.
The under-construction RCC bridge over Desang river linking Sivasagar with West Panidihing. Photo: ANN Service, Sivasagar
But the new RCC bridge nearing completion in Akhoifutia ghat over Desang river is expected to bring in a new lease of life to the residents of West Panidihing. It will reduce the distance by about 30 kilometres to the district headquarter.
Discussing the problems of the area in a meeting held in Luitporia Milonkur gaon recently, Ajoy Kumar Gogoi, secretary, Demow Press Club, said that the Government over the last seven decades have not done much for the development of Panidihing. He said that the major problems like granting of land pattas and steps to prevent flood and erosion should be taken up urgently.
The meeting organised jointly by Demow Press Club and PMTK, Sivasagar district council was presided over by Dibya Khamti, president, Sivasagar district PMTK. Sekharjyoti Duwori, Mridul Buragihain, Jadumoni Bora, members of Demow Press Club and Maneswar Mili, executive member, PMTK also addressed the meeting and threw light on the endemic problems of the people.
The meeting adopted 12 resolutions to be sent to the local MLA and the Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar through a memorandum. These included permanent flood protection measures, land pattas to 700 flood-affected families, strengthening of embankments along the Brahmaputra, distribution of potable water, improvement of schools in the region and development of veterinary and health services in the area.
It may be mentioned here that a herd of wild elephants has been creating havoc among the villagers of West Panidihing and damaging standing crops, and as a result, a tusker was shot dead by unknown miscreants.
Further, the Panidihing bird sanctuary situated in West Panidihing lacks the minimum infrastructure and amenities even after since it was declared a sanctuary in 1996. The Forest department reportedly hasn’t adopted any step to stop killing of migratory birds that arrive on the low-laying areas of the sanctuary and also fishing activities on the jheels protected by the department.