JORHAT, June 20 - As part of the initiative of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to improve connectivity in remote areas of his constituency Majuli island, the government has sanctioned a proposal to upgrade three existing wooden bridges to pucca construction in Dakhin Ahotguri gaon panchayat of Majuli.
Dakhin Ahotguri gaon panchayat in the southern part of the island district is a very remote and one of the most backward areas of Majuli.
The announcement was made by the Executive Engineer PWD (Rural Roads) Bipul Dutta at a meeting organised yesterday by the island district administration under the name of ‘Janatar Prashasan’ at Nabajyoti Kristi Sangha at Dhodung sapori of Dakhin Ahotguri.
The meeting was organised to take stock of the problems and difficulties faced by the residents of interior areas in order to initiate effective measures to overcome the same.
A team led by Majuli Deputy Commissioner Deba Prasad Mishra that included Majuli Superintendent of Police Hitesh Rai, Additional Deputy Commissioner Chinmoy Nath and senior officials of all government departments and agencies attended the interface meeting.
A district administration official who attended the meeting, told The Assam Tribune today that Dutta, in his address, announced that after the rainy season his department will construct three bridges in the gaon panchayat which are at present made of wood.
Dutta said the bridges that will be upgraded are at Bhuria-Naoghat, Oriyaati-Kordoiguri and Romara-Bahir-Romara roads. The Executive Engineer further said that after the rainy season the Sorasapori-Hagunkhuwa Road will be constructed as a pucca road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
The district administration official said that the Deputy Commissioner in his address, elaborated upon the series of welfare and developments schemes undertaken by the government for people living in far-flung and backward areas like Dhodung sapori.
Mishra further said the process to issue land pattas to the residents of Dakhin Ahotguri was on in the Majuli Revenue Circle office and soon will be distributed to the villagers.
Coinciding with the meeting, a free health camp was organised by the Health department at Nabajyoti High School, the administration official said.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, two ferries that were carrying the Deputy Commissioner-led team of officials from Kamalabari ghat of Majuli to Dhodung sapori via Neemati ghat (Jorhat), for sometime lost direction in the middle of the Brahmaputra reportedly due to heavy fog.
The official said that both the ferries had to halt at a sapori for some time. He said that with the assistance of GPS device in the mobile handsets of the officials the route was found out and the ferries resumed the journey and reached Dhodang sapori safely.