Save wild ASIAN ELEPHANTS; PROSPER People Living Around MEDLY TEA ESTATE, Karimganj

Villagers Around Medley Tea Estate (Karimganj District of Assam, India) Are Living In Terror For More Then 30 Years By Frequent  Attacks Of WILD ASIAN ELEPHANTS.

The rampaging herd uses the corridor near Piplagool, Pathini Tea Estate, Medley Tea Estate to stray into tea gardens and human habitation in search of food, leaving behind a trail of destruction. As per villagers statements: It is been more then 40 years they are facing problem because of frequent attacks of Wild Elephants. They are not able to cultivate paddy fields because hungry elephants destroy their crops.

News Published 3 years back on THE TELEGRAPH  on 24-01-2007 “In the past four years, as many as 16 people have been killed by elephants in Patherkandi block”.

One of the senior villagers said: there were 30 elephants were their in that locality earlier. But only 7 elephatns are remaining. No. of Asian Elephants are decreasing.

Few FACTS – ASIAN ELEPHANTS: WWF (World Wildlife Federation)

A species that needs space

Through the Asian Rhinos and Elephants Action Strategy (AREAS), WWF is working throughout the Asian elephant range to conserve the remaining populations and their habitats. And because these large animals need a lot of space to survive, WWF considers the Asian elephant a ‘flagship’ species, whose conservation would help maintain biological diversity and ecological integrity over extensive area

Source : WWF

Population & Distribution

The Asian elephant originally ranged from modern Iraq and Syria to the Yellow River in China, but is now found only from India to Vietnam, with a tiny besieged population in the extreme southwest of China’s Yunnan Province. More than 100,000 Asian elephants may have existed at the start of the 20th century. The population is estimated to have fallen by at least 50% over the last 60-75 years.                                                                                      

Source : WWF

OUR APPEAL TO AUTHORITIES, ELEPHANT PROTECTION AGENCIES to feel the importance  of protecting “FLAGSHIP” species! (ASIAN ELEPHANTS) and take necessary Steps  so that poor villagers can live peacefully and continue PADDY CULTIVATION.

Wicked Bailey Bridge

Baili bridge on National Highway 44, near Malidor is in pathetic condition. It may collaps at any point of time. there is no substitute of this bridge. Heavy Vehicles traves along with this bridge with high risk. There should proper attention be given to this bridge to avoid any mishappening in future.

East-West Corridor

North-South and East-West corridors comprising national highways connecting four extreme points of the country. The North-South and East-West Corridor (NS-EW; 7,300 km) connecting Srinagar in the north to Kanyakumari in the south, including spur from Salem to Kochi (Via Coimbatore), and Silchar in the east to Porbandar in the west. Total length of the network is 7,300 km. As of January 2009, 42% of the project had been completed and 44% of the project work is currently at progress.It also includes Port connectivity and other projects — 1,157 km. The final completion date to February 28, 2009 at a cost of Rs350 billion (US$8 billion), with funding similar to Phase I.

"Dream of Barak Valley" Broad Gauge Project; Still "Work in Progress"

Gauge conversion of Lumding-Silchar, Arunachal- Jiribam, Badarpur-Kumarghat from Metre gauge line toBroad gauge. This involves earthwork 677.83 lac cum,major bridges (substructure 95 Nos., superstructure 130Nos.), minor bridges 652 Nos. Tunneling 10650 RMGauge conversion of Lumding-Silchar, Arunachal-Jiribam, Badarpur-Kumarghat from Metre gauge line toBroad gauge. This involves earthwork 677.83 lac cum,major bridges (substructure 95 Nos., superstructure 130Nos.), minor bridges 652 Nos. Tunneling 10650

Silchar – Lumding BG quick facts

  • Prime minister laid the foundation of the gauge conversion project in 1998.
  • Supposed to be completed by 2006
  • Awarded the status of a national project in 2006
  • Bridge over Barak at Badarpur Ghat is built at a cost of Rs 32 crore
  • Delay of six years, which has escalated the total cost of the project from the
  • Originally envisaged Rs 648 crore to Rs 1,800 crore.
  • Once completed, the project will have 31 railway stations between Silchar and Lumding,
  • 255 curves replacing the earlier 544 curves and
  • 20 tunnels instead of 37 tunnels in the metre gauge track.
  • trains can cut their running hours from Silchar and Guwahati from its present 18 hours for a distance of 360km to 8 hours
  • It is being hoped that the project will be commissioned in the latter half of 2012 —RM

National Highway No. 44; THE MOST "UNATTENDED" NATIONAL HIGHWAY

National Highway No. 44

National Highway 44, which connects Shillong with Tripura, is quite common for the residents of Barak Valley and 4 different States to connect with Guwahati. The 723 km stretch of NH-44 from Shillong to Tripura spans across the states of Meghalaya, Assam and links major district headquarters, towns and cities of Mizoram and Manipur. The available railway connectivity is not proper and broad-gauge railway project is in progress with snail speed. Therefore, NH-44 becomes the life line of all these states as the main and major mode of transportation. However, because of lack of BASIC ROAD SAFETY NORMS, the travel at NH-44 makes it dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening and tiring for the commuters. The major accident prone areas say, Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor, are without basic road safety signs e.g : ROAD SIGNS, LINE MARKING, BARRICADES / BARRIERS, EMERGENCY FACILITY HELPLINE NO. etc.

National Highway No. 44 is the only Road Link for the people of Barak Valley (South Assam), Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Manipur to connect with rest of INDIA

1.   The NH-44 is the life line for the people of the southern Assam (Barak Valley), Mizoram, Tripura and even certain areas of the state of Manipur as the food and essential commodities for the people residing in these vast area are carried through the NH-44. This is the only road link between the said vast area in the rest of the country.

2.   The railway line is almost non-functioning as there is meter gauge line from Silchar to Lumding and BG line from Lumding to Guwahati.

3.   The Construction of the proposed BG line from Lumding to Silchar and other places of Barak Valley is seriously interrupted due to terrorist problem which is known to one and all. Same is the case with the construction of proposed super highway (Maha Sarak) from Silchar to Guwahati.

4.   The NH-44, the only surface link cut off frequently for long time due to land slides at Sonapur and other places during the rainy season, which is the chronic problem since the opening of road in the early sixties causing scarcity of food and essential commodities, tremendous price rise and miseries in public life in the southern Assam, Mizoram, Tripura and also some areas of Manipur.

Tragic Accidents on National Highway No. 44

The most tragic accident that took place on this highway was the death of seven people travelling in a private passenger bus CAPITAL TRAVELS which skidded in the slush on the spot and rolled down the Loobha River. The body of one of the passengers was recovered at Sunamganj in Bangladesh.

Source : The Sentinel

In recent past fatal accident of Pooja Travels of the Tripura State Road Transport Corporation 35-passenger capacity bus night super bus that killed eight and injured many people after it fell into Loobha River at Sonapur.

Source : The Sentinel

On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongseng Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life Late Shri Subhash Koiri (Ex-Block Development Officer, Binnakandi Dev Block, Cachar, Assam)) along with elder son Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin, While returning from Guwahati to Silchar after completing his government duty. There was no Road safety meausres available to prevant the vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep.

Source: All Leading News Papers, Silchar 08-01-2011

National Highway No. 44 needs attention on Road Conditions, Landslides,(During Rainy Season) Jam, Over loaded Vehicles (Proper Enforcement of LAW) BASIC ROAD SAFETY Measures on major accidental prone areas to prevent further CARNAGE.