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Kolong river erodes Borpak-Borghuli road

Women offering prayers at the breached portion to propitiate Goddess Ganga. – Photo: Correspondent
 JORABAT, Oct 19 - In a major setback for the people of Borpak, Borghuli and nearby villages of Maloibari area under Sonapur revenue circle, the most important road in the area – considered to be its lifeline – has been eroded by the Kolong river at Borghuli, paralysing road communication. According to the villagers, a stretch of the Borpak-Borghuli concrete block-paved road got completely breached early Sunday morning. It was an outcome of continuous but minor erosion by the Kolong river for about four years, they said.

 The unfortunate incident has brought a travailing situation for the villagers as normal movement of traffic has come to a complete halt. The people can only walk past the affected stretch through a field down the road. Failing to get any response from the powers that be, the helpless villagers organised ‘naam’ on the affected site and prayed to Goddess Ganga on Sunday to protect them from such calamities in the future.

The aggrieved villagers alleged that their repeated pleas to officials of departments concerned and also to local MLA Atul Bora to stop the erosion at this stretch, fell on deaf ears.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Mriganka Barman today visited the site along with officials from departments like panchayat, water resources and PWD, to take stock of the prevailing situation. He assured the villagers that work to repair the road would begin soon.

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