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Governor unhappy over Barak Valley roads
Correspondent
 HAILAKANDI, March 9 – The Governor of Assam, Janaki Ballav Patnaik has expressed serious concern over the extremely dilapidated road conditions of Barak Valley. During his two-day maiden visit to the Barak Valley on Monday and Tuesday last, the Governor repeatedly spoke about the bad road conditions of the Valley. It can be mentioned here that the visit of the Governor in Karimganj was cancelled eventually due to the abandoned conditions of NHs.

The Governor was so irritated that he personally convened the meeting of the officials of PWD, NH Division of PWD, National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI) and discussed the latest conditions of the road. All the officials failed to give any concrete answer regarding the completion of the repairing of damaged roads. The Governor asked the officials to look into the matter seriously. He informed the officials of concerned departments that he has gathered all the information regarding the road conditions of Barak Valley. He said that the developmental works are being badly hampered in the Valley due to the poor conditions of the road. He instructed his escorting officials to note down the issue of road condition for immediate action.

Earlier, Patnaik openly expressed his concern in the 41st annual general meeting of the Barak Valley branch of Tea Association of India (TAI) in Silchar regarding the dilapidated roads. All the speakers in the meeting spoke about the loss of tea industry due to the damaged roads of Barak Valley. The Governor assured them that he will take up the matter after returning to the capital.

Later talking to media, the Governor hoped that the conditions of road are expected to get better by 2013. He agreed that the condition of roads of Barak Valley including Silchar town is very bad.

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