SILCHAR, Oct 12 - Ahead of the Namami Barak Festival, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reassured the people of Barak Valley that very soon all the roads that are lying in a wretched condition will get a massive facelift and the governments, both in the State and at the Centre are committed towards the cause. Addressing the people after laying the foundation stone for upgradation and improvement of the pot-holed Silchar-Kumbhirgram Road from Gosainpur point on the Mahasadak to Silchar Airport at Udharbondh on Thursday, Sonowal said: “My Government is committed to improve the condition of roads and bridges in Barak Valley and PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya has pitched in with his best efforts to achieve the desired results. I have travelled by the road that connects Silchar with the Airport and could very well feel the worsening condition. I assure that my Government will accord special attention towards improvement and beautification of the all-important road and other stretches across the valley before the forthcoming mega festival.”
The Government has in the meantime sanctioned Rs 500 crore for the road projects in the valley which will be executed by the NHIDCL, he added.
It may be mentioned that the four-lane road to the Airport shall be constructed and embellished by using Rs 54.30 lakh under the 2016-17 CRF to be executed by the PWD Rural Roads Division.
The Chief Minister reminded the people that the Government is also expediting the necessary ground work for the establishment of a mini secretariat here which will lessen much of the woes of the denizens. He also distributed ex-gratia cheques of Rs 4 lakh each to the family members of four persons from Udharbondh who had died after being struck by lightning recently.
Earlier, Sonowal visited the DNNK School at Central Road and took stock of the progress of affairs as an external evaluator during the ongoing second phase of Gunotsav. After interacting with the teachers and students of the school, the Chief Minister said, “The academic standard of the school will improve in the days ahead.”
Meanwhile, terming Wednesday’s interaction over organising the ensuing festival with the intellectual fraternity of Barak Valley to be a fruitful one, the Chief Minister said, “the Namami Barak and Brahmaputra festivals are steps towards the mission to discover the rich potential lying untapped in the State. A certain section of people in other parts of the country have a wrong notion regarding Assam. So, occasions like Namami Barak shall help to change the impression about the State among such people.”
“Efforts are under way to start inland water transport facilities between India and Bangladesh through river Barak, thereby connecting both valleys with the rest of the world.”