National Highway No.44; A Deathtrap

Pathetic Accident  took away life of 7 persons (3 children) and 3 injured, A 5 year old child lost his entire family.

Accident at Tonseng (Sonapur Region, Meghalaya) on NH-44 - News on Dainik Prantojyoti dated 18-06-2011
Accident at Tonseng (Sonapur Region, Meghalaya) on NH-44 – News on Dainik Prantojyoti dated 18-06-2011

 

Bus Accident at Ratacherra; 1 Killed, 40 injured;

Accident on NH-44 News Published on 31-05-2011 Dainik Jugasankha
Accident on NH-44 News Published on 31-05-2011 Dainik Jugasankha

Accident on National Highway 44 is very common. There are no Basic Road Safety Equipements is installed at Malidor,  Tonseng and Sonapur region; several accidents took place in the same locations in  recent past, many lives have been lost, many families have been destroyed.


We BarakVallian understand within next few months dozen more deaths can impress concern authorities!

BHASHA SHAHID DIVAS; LANGUAGE MARTYRS’ DAY

Bhasha Shahid Divas

THE INFAMOUS INCIDENT OF 19 MAY, 1961, SILCHAR

A BRIEF RECONNOITRE OF ITS CONTEXTS  AND CONDITIONS

The contexts and immediate history of the Language Movement in Assam go a long way back to the beginning of the sixties decade of the last century when at the session of the State Legislative Assembly held on 3rd March, 1960, the then Chief Minister of Assam, Sri Bimala Prasad Chaliha discoursed on the issue of Assamese being declared the official language for the state of Assam. There were of course other related contexts which date back to even as early as 1947, during the time when the first Legislative Assembly was convened in Assam. But the present report studies an introduction to the incident of the infamous date, 19th May 1961, celebrated thenceforth by popular acclaim as Bhasha Shaheed Divas (Language Martyrs Day), not only in Barak Valley which had been the land of its origin but also in Bengali cultures across the country and the world.

Reportedly, in spite of his pro-Assamese hegemony stance, Chaliha did not directly present his argument in favour of the Assamese language. He stressed that only when the indigenous linguistic minorities of Assam are agreed unanimously regarding the declaration of Assamese as the official state language could the issue be taken up in earnest and brought into effect. Chaliha stated that the issue of a state language was not to be decided on the basis of linguistic minority but on the firm foundation of acceptability. But the chief minister’s statement had quite the opposite and as history shows, a far reaching effect on the contemporary socio-political scenario. Overzealous activists who besought the predominance of the Assamese culture over all other existing cultural and linguistic groups within the territorial boundaries of Assam took up the matter and within a few days, the entire region was rife with propaganda for the institution of Assamese as the official state language. It can be said that Chaliha’s seemingly democratically laden statement had almost been a beckoning for such a movement to follow. On 16th April 1960, following this, a call for a counter movement was launched in Silchar by the local populace to protest against this infringement of constitutional and human rights in the form of a public assembly. Other activities followed and throughout the rest of that year, several public and socio-cultural organizations launched their own efforts to this effect.

In the month of July that year, following a police attack on a students’ demonstration in Guwahati (3rd July 1960) in which a student named Ranjit Barpujari was shot dead, the entire Brahmaputra Valley region erupted in flames of communal violence. Thus began the infamous Bongal Kheda Andolan (“Banish the Bongal” movement –Bo ng a l being the name for Bengalis in Assamese, often used in a derogatory sense) which resulted in the mass displacement of thousands of Bengalis across the state. Arson and public murders marked the so called ‘patriotic’ movement. Non-Assamese students in the University of Gauhati, Dibrugarh Medical College and Assam Medical College were forced to flee with barely their lives. Such was the intensity of the zealots that they spared not a single head which had not been shaded by theg a mosa and which claimed not the Assamese language as its mother tongue. Throughout the next few months the unrest continued to fester and spread. Meanwhile the counter movement in protest against the Bongal Kheda Andolan and the predominance of the Assamese language as the state language continued unabated in areas like Shillong, Karimganj and Silchar. These were non-violent protests which obviously could not stem the tide of the violence directed against the non- Assamese populace of the state.

In October that year, following a visit by a committee of parliamentarians under the leadership of Sri Ajit Prasad Jain to Assam, the central government at Delhi delegated Sri Govind Ballabh Panth to visit Assam and work out a solution to the communal unrest that had by then engulfed almost the entire state. Sri Panth participated in a series of meetings with representatives of the state government and leaders of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee as well as with those from other agencies like the Silchar Bar Association, Cachar District Congress Parishad and relief committees formed for the succour of victims of communal violence from the Brahmaputra Valley. But all that was to avail since all conciliatory efforts were shunned by the state government. In spite of all such aims towards a placation of the violence and the unrest, on 10th October that year, Sri Bimala Prasad Chaliha proposed the plan for what became the Language Bill later. In spite of efforts on all fronts, the influence of the Language Bill exerted itself on all levels. What followed as a result was a mass protest against the unthinking and insensitive attitude of the state government. People from all walks of life participated in vehement protest against the government’s dictum.

 

19TH MAY, 1961 – BHASHA SHAHEED DIVAS – THAT RED DAY

 

On 14th April 1961, the people of Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj observed Samkalpa Divas (Resolution Day) in protest against the injustice meted out by the state government against non-Assamese, particularly the Bengali speaking community, in Assam. A procession on foot that would span a major region around Silchar and Karimganj was organised and flagged off on 24th April. The satyagrahis who participated in the procession walked for miles during the next few days, crossing several villages and chalets till the final day on 2nd May. The procession lasted for nearly two hundred miles and was welcomed back at Silchar by several public leaders and hundreds of common men and women. A similar procession was also organised at Hailakandi later on.

On 19th May, a call for a bandh was announced by the Cachar Zila Gana Sangram Parishad. What had begun the previous year as verbal or peaceful protests was now on the way to assume the status of a full fledged revolutionary movement. Picketers and volunteers on behalf of the Parishad sallied forth in the early morning of 19th May to ensure that theba n dh was successful. Though the administration made every effort to curb the movement and to thwart theba n dh yet the effort was a huge success. The police made mass arrests and tried to quell the revolutionaries. In Tarapur Railway Station, a crowd of satyagrahis had assembled on the railway tracks and were facing the repeated lathi charges of the police without giving up their place on the tracks. At around 2:30 pm, a Bedford truck bearing nine arrested satyagrahis from Kaatigorah was seen mending its way across the crowd in front of the railway station. The satyagrahis who till then had maintained their peaceful composure were instigated on seeing the administration’s treatment of their fellow activists and they broke out in loud protest. On seeing the situation take a turn for worse the policemen escorting the vehicle as well as the truck driver disappeared from the scene. Seizing the opportunity, someone (it is not known clearly who) set fire to the truck. A fire rescue team from the nearby relief quarters (housed in the premises of Sri Dhirendra Mohan Dev’s residence) rushed to the place and tried to bring the flames under control.

In a matter of a few minutes, the entire area around Tarapur was transformed into a veritable battlefield. Military and paramilitary forces arrived on the scene and began serial lathi charges against the gathered satyagrahis. Many of them tried to escape by fleeing for the nearby railway station. In the meanwhile, the police and other forces also assaulted the satyagrahis who had assembled on the railway tracks. Suddenly, without any prior warning, the armed forces opened fire on the unsuspecting and terrified satyagrahis. It was exactly 2:35 pm then. One after another, eleven people succumbed to their bullet injuries and became martyrs for the cause of their mother tongue. It might be noted here that the time elapsed between the commotion to break out in front of the railway station and the armed forces to arrive and open fire on the satyagrahis was astonishingly minuscule – only five minutes. The precision with which the entire operation was carried out by the armed forces makes one wonder at the apparent mechanism of it. The eleven people who died were –

1.KanailalNiyogi
2.ChandicharanSutradhar
3.HiteshBiswas
4.SatyendraDeb
5. Kumud Das

6. Sunil Dey Sarkar

7. Tarani Deb Nath

8. Sachindra Paul

9. Birendra Sutradhar

10. Sukomal Purakayastha

11. Kamala Bhattacharjya

There were several others who fell under the assault of bayonets and lathis and were rushed for immediate treatment at the Silchar Civil Hospital. Many of their names and their details are no longer available. Though they did not die that terrible afternoon yet many of them were disfigured or maimed in that ruthless attack

The afternoon of that 19th May did not end with the terrible bloodbath. Within minutes of the shooting at the railway station, Hemanta Majumder (then a Subdivisional Officer at Silchar) declared curfew in the town. Accompanying him was Revati Paul (then Town Sub-Inspector). The dead and the wounded satyagrahis were rushed to the Red Cross Hospital and to the Silchar Civil Hospital by the people present there then while the news of the terrible act spread throughout the town. Local leaders like Sri Mohitosh Purakayastha and Smt. Jyotsna Chando made their way to the scene of violence with the Municipal ambulance. Six of the dead satyagrahis were dispatched to the Civil Hospital in that ambulance while many of the other wounded were rendered first aid at the residence of Sri Satindra Mohan Dev by a few doctors. The hospitals had started overflowing with the wounded or dead satyagrahis and the hospital compounds and corridors with thousands of indignant people, shocked beyond belief at the senseless violence perpetrated by the administration. All restraints had been abandoned – even the declaration of the curfew had had no effect on the inflamed spirit of the masses who flooded the streets to watch and to render their salutations to the great martyrs of the day who by their selfless sacrifice had ascended the portals of paradise and the mere memory of whose names had become hallowed. By that evening nine dead bodies from the firing at the railway station had been assigned to the custody of the hospital mortuary.

The next day saw thousands of mourning people descend onto the streets to accompany the dead bodies of the martyred to their final resting place at Silchar Smashan Ghat (the local crematorium). The air resounded with a drone of thousands of voices announcing their protest against the heinous and terrible act of dishonour that the administration had carried out the previous day. The nine dead martyrs received their last rites at the hands of a race which would forever be indebted to them for their sacrifice. These nine were Kanailal Niyogi, Chandicharan Sutradhar, Hitesh Biswas, Kumud Das, Sunil Dey Sarkar, Tarani Deb Nath, Sachindra Paul, Sukomal Purakayastha and Kamala Bhattacharjya. On 21st May, the day next, two more bodies, those of Birendra Sutradhar and Satyendra Deb, were rescued from the pond at the railway station and on the next day, they were carried to the crematorium in a befitting manner with hundreds of people following them.

Those few days of the language movement passed in a flurry of incidents but the impact of those few days has altered forever the lives of the people of this valley. Even today, with every passing year, the people of this valley await the achievement of the ambition that had been marked out by the satyagrahis so many years ago in 1961. And very year brings us closer to the great Eleven, as every child, man and woman of this valley know the martyrs; in feeling and in passion, in our love of the mother tongue.

 

Medical Laps in BarakValley, Concern Citizens; Lets Join Hands with "Soceity For Better Treatment"

Pathetic Medical Services in BarakValley.

There are many cases and situation where there is loopholes in the treatment of few Doctors. We the people of BarakValley witness the same very often in Newspapers, Local Televisions and Magazines.


A scary news of death of Ms. Bhaswati Dev (Lecturer at Gurucharan College, Silchar) shaken concern citizens around. A meeting organized by “Society For Better Treatment” at Press Club Silchar on 03-04-2011 to discuss about negligence in medical treatment.

Pathetic Medical Facility at Silchar
Pathetic Medical Facility at Silchar

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Press Meet on 23rd May’2010 at Hotel Ellora, Silchar; Appeal to "President of India" For Implementation of Road Safety Eqipments on National Highway No. 44 (Sonapur, Meghalaya Region)

To
Her Excellency
Pratibha Devisingh Patil
The President of India
Rashtrapati BhavanNew Delhi – 110 001.

Appeal for Implementation of Basic “ROAD SAFETY” Measures Near Tonseng, Sonapur and Malidor On National Highway No. 44 (Shillong – Tripura National Highway)
Respected Ma’am,
I pray that these lines find you in good health.

I, Saurabh Koiri, resident of Indrani Sarani, Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar, Dist: Cachar, State : Assam, Pin – 788005, have the honour to lay before you the following few lines for the favour of your kind attention and gracious consideration.

On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongseng Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life of my father Late Shri Subhash Koiri along with my elder brother Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin. My father was Block Development Officer at Binnakandi Dev. Block under Govt. of Assam and he needs to travel the terrain regularly as part of his job. On 6th Jan also he was returning from Guwahati to Silchar after completing his government duty. The vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep.
This scary news of 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 some 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 some vital reasons, mentioned below, 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.
Her Excellency, I am writing this letter on behalf of those who have lost their loved ones and are grateful for the lives that were spared on National Highway No. 44 near Sonapur and. The ideology is to highlight the laxity and negligent attitude of the Government, National Highway Authority and other law enforcing agencies responsible for implementing basic road safety measures at least at major accident prone areas.
Lacks Basic Hill Road Safety Standards at Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor on National Highway No. 44


  • No Road Signs:
NH-44 is rarely has Cautionary or Warning or Precautionary Signs to forewarn the driver to drive cautiously along the hill road.
  • No Road Barricades/ Railings:
There has been no Side Barriers or Railings or barricades sited at the accidental acute hill curves. Road Side barriers and other hill road safety equipments are not present, even in accidental prone areas. None satisfying measures were taken to prevent vehicles from plunging deep down in to the river or trench of hundreds of feet.
  • No Proper Line Markings:
Road are not well informed with the markings and signals. Line markings are not printed on all roads. The main roads are narrow and in pathetic conditions, most of them lacking overpasses for intersecting roads.
  • Lack of Emergency Facility / Helpline number:
The stretch of Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor lacks in emergency service facilities. In case of any mishap there is no provision for first aid treatment near the intersections. Victims have to cost their lives as doctors and hospitals are usually quite far.
  • Lack of Laws and their proper enforcements:
No highway patrols, No precautionary measures are in place to prevent speeding vehicles and ensure speed limits in the above mentioned stretch. Drinking and driving is common on NH-44. There are no checks done by officials to ascertain that private owned public transport vehicles does not overload with passengers and goods beyond permissible safety limits. It is a general appeal of passengers that the drivers of super-deluxe buses drive vehicles in night under the influence of liquor; the safety and security of passengers are never given priority by the transport agencies as well as those responsible for enforcing traffic rules.
  • Pathetic Road Condition:
Road Condition is very bad and gets even worse during the rainy season. Roads repaired get washed away with the slightest showers. Ultimately, it is the common man who has to suffer at the end, because of pathetic road conditions.

Such conditions make driving and traveling on NH-44 (near Tonseng, Sonapur and Malidor) a harrowing, dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening experience especially in and around Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor regions.

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.
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
After the succession of lives lost in road accidents and notifications, no discernible action for basic hill road safety measures have been taken by the Public representatives, government and Highway authorities for major accidental areas as compared to other national highways of India.
I am not being facetious and I genuinely appeal your interference to install basic safety standards on major accidental
prone areas to prevent further carnage on NH-44 (Near Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor)
Thanking You ,                                                                                                                                                                                 Yours faithfully,
Date: 7th May, 2010
Silchar, Assam
(Saurabh Koiri)
S/o Lt. Subhash Koiri
House No. 11, Indrani Sarani
Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005
Email: saurabh.koiri@gmail.com
Copy to:

1. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
2. Shri Kamal Nath, Hon’ble, Union Minister Road and Transport, Govt. of India.
3. Shri Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress.
(Special Attention for visiting major accidental areas to install Road Safety equipments mentioned accidental areas)
4. Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Assam.
5. Shri Mukul Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya.
6. Shri Manik Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Tripura.
7. Shri Okram Ibobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur.
8. Shri Pu Lalthanhawla, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Mizoram.
9. Lt Gen MC Badhani, VSM, Director General Border Roads.
10. Shri Brijeshwar Singh, IAS, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India.
11. Chief Secretary: Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya, Govt. of Tripura, Govt. of Manipur, Govt. of Mizoram.
12. Shri Kabindra Purkaistha, Member of Parliament, Silchar, Assam.

Enclosed:

1. Photographs and Videos of few major accident spots lacking BASIC HILL ROAD SAFETY equipments.
2. News Paper cuttings of recent accident of my father and elder brother at Tonseng on National Highway – 44.

(Saurabh Koiri)
S/o Lt. Subhash Koiri
House No. 11, Indrani Sarani
Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005
Email: saurabh.koiri@gmail.com

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APPEAL TO PEOPLE OF BARAK VALLEY (ASSAM), TRIPURA, MIZORAM, MANIPUR

Road Safety on National Highway No. 44 (Sonapur Region)


Ref. Press Meet on 23rd May’2010 Seeking Support for Road Safety Campaign for Implementation of Road Safety Equipments at Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor on National Highway No. 44
Reference: Appeal to:
Her Excellency, Pratibha Patil, President of India
Copy to:
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
Shri. Kamal Nath, Hon’ble, Union Minister Road and Transport, Govt. of India.
Shri. Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary, Indian National Congress.
(Special Attention for visiting major accidental areas to install Road Safety equipments mentioned accidental areas)
Shri. Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Assam.
Shri. Mukul Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya.
Shri. Manik Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Tripura.
Shri. Okram Ibobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur.
Shri. Pu Zoramthanga, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Mizoram.
Lt Gen MC Badhani, VSM, Director General Border Roads.
Shri. Brijeshwar Singh, IAS, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India.
Chief Secretary: Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya, Govt. of Tripura, Govt. of Manipur, Govt. of Mizoram.
Shri. Kabindra Purkaistha, Member of Parliament, Silchar, Assam.
Dear Friends
I, Saurabh Koiri, s/o Lt. Subhash Koiri, resident of Indrani Sarani Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Dist. Cachar, Assam, organised Press Meet on 23rd day of May, 2010 in Silchar, Cachar, Assam
I am representing a common man who has lost his father and his elder brother in an accident on National Highway No. 44, a National Highway which lacks basic essential ROAD SAETY NORMS particularly at Sonapur, Tongseng and Malidor.
On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongsong Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life of my father Late Shri Subhash Koiri along with my elder brother Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin. My father was Block Development Officer at Binnakandi Dev. Block under Govt. of Assam and he needs to travel the terrain regularly as part of his job. On 6th Jan also he was returning from Guwahati to Silchar after completing his government duty. The vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep. There were no essential Road Safety equipments signs/signage available where the accident took place.
National Highway 44 (Shillog – Tripura), which connects Shillong with Tripura is quite common for the residents of BARAK VALLEY and 4 different States to connect Guwahti with Major Towns towns and District of ASSAM, TRIPURA, MANIPUR and MIZORAM. The 723 km stretch of NH-44 spans across the states of Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura and links some 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 some vital reasons, mentioned below, 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, were without basic “road safety norms”.
A strong desire that it does not happen to any other family and to stop further carnage on above mentioned regions, I have taken this initiative of “ROAD SAETY” on behalf of those who have lost their loved ones particularly one of the most neglected regions of National Highway of our country.
With Reference to the letter to Her Excellency Pratibha Devising Patil, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Kamal Nath, Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India, Shri Rahul Gandhi ( For visiting accidental areas), concerned Chief Minister of concerned States (Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram) Chairmen NHAI, Director Border Roads Organisations, Shri Kabindra Purkaistha, MP Silchar and other concerned agencies appealing for interference to install basic “ROAD SAFETY” measures on National highway no. 44 near Tongseng, Malidor and Sonapur region.
The ideology is to seek Support to make ROAD SAFETY CAMPIAGN Successful. I believe that community involvement can give strong support to the cause of road safety and motivate political will, highlighting the laxity and negligent attitude of the Government, National Highway Authority of India and other law enforcing agencies responsible for implementing basic “Road Safety” measures at least at major accident prone areas at Tonseng, Sonapur and Malidor region on National Highway No.-44 which is without “BASIC ROAD SAFETY NORMS” for years.
A strong desire that the same doesn’t happen to any other family due to such a horrible road accident… absence of Road safety forced me to highlight loopholes of National Highway Management. The challenge of making NH-44 safer can be met only with the whole hearted support and commitment of the people of Barak Valley, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.
Few Questions to Government and Concerned Authorities on the issue of “Road safety” on NH-44 at Sonapur, Tongseng, Malidor region

WHY Sonapur Region on NH-44 is neglected?

  • In the absence of proper railway connectivity and slow progress of broad gauge railway project, NH-44 is the main and major mode of transportation for Barak valley (Assam) along with other 3 states Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur to communicate with the Dispur (State Capital of Assam) and different part of our country.
  • Why Sonapur Region on NH-44 is neglected by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, National Highway Authority of India and other concerned agencies where accidents are quite common. Being so important National Highway and main mode of transportation of residents and commuters of 4 states viz. Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur and other major cities and head quarters.
  • National Highway of Shimla, Masoorie, Nainital, viz. NH-22, NH-72, NH-94, where Road Safety Measures are undertaken and implemented properly. Why NH-44 is neglected, being same geographical conditions compared to other National Highways of India, NH-44 (near Sonapur) lacks basic Road Safety measures like Road Signs, Railing / Barriers, Emergency Facility, Line Marking. If any vehicle lost its control it falls thousand feet gorge straight away on NH-44 near Sonapur, Tonseng and Malidor.
  • The transport Department is one of the largest revenue earning departments. dealing with various transport related matters like driving licenses, registration of motor vehicles, grant and renewal of permits and other regulatory and enforcement services, We the people from Barak valley, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram pays all of the above similarly like any other citizen of India then, why govt. has no little attention for the betterment of basic road condition of NH-44 which is the main mode of Transportation.

Why our Public representatives are silent on the issue of Road Safety on NH-44 (Near Sonapur)?


 

  • There are 15 nos. of MLAs, 2 nos. Member of Parliament, 2 Cabinet Ministers (Govt. of Assam) and in Barak valley, and Govt. of Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur but no initiative being seen or felt for installing ROAD SAFETY equipments at NH-44 (near Sonapur – Tongseng – Malidor) where travel is dangerous, unsafe and life-threatening for the commuters.
  • Don’t our public representatives feel the importance of “Road Safety” on NH 44 (Near Sonapur, Tongseng and Malidor)?
  • Don’t our public representatives travel along with NH-44 to communicate with State Capital of Assam?

We, the common man respect our representatives next to God, Why don’t they respect us in return.

Whom should we blame for all these sufferings………………… Ultimately, it is the common man who has to suffer because of inactive role of our elected Representatives.

Why there is no role of Voluntary Organizations?

  • Why there is no participation of NGOs and other voluntary Organisations Grant-in-Aid for implementing, Campaigning as per the guidelines of National Highway Authority of India, for Road Safety and improving road conditions on NH-44 near Sonapur.
  • If at all there is presence then why its not been visible.

Why there is Lack of Laws and their proper enforcements?


 

  • There are no checks done by officials to ascertain that private owned public transport vehicles does not overload with passengers and goods beyond permissible safety limits.
  • It is a general appeal of passengers that the drivers of super-deluxe buses drive vehicles in night under the influence of liquor;
  • The safety and security of passengers are never given priority by the transport agencies as well as those responsible for enforcing traffic rules.
My aim towards this ROAD SAFETY CAMPEIGN is stop further carnage on near Sonapur Tongseng and Malidor

Appeal to People of Barak Valley

We the people of Barak Valley can aimed at raising awareness amongst all levels of society as to the risks and consequences associated with a lack of “Road Safety”
I believe that community involvement can give strong support to the cause of road safety on NH-44 and motivate political will, thus enable road safety actions to be prioritised and proper steps to be undertaken at Sonapur, Tongseng and Malidor on NH-44.
The challenge of making roads safer can be met only with the whole hearted support and commitment of the entire community. I strongly feel that partnering with people of barak valley that provides impetus to my initiative and campaign for Road Safety to stop further carnage on NH-44 Near Sonapur region.
Thank you for your time and attention

Date: 09-07-2010
Silchar, Assam
With Love to People of Barak Valley
Saurabh Koiri
S/o Lt. Subhash Koiri
House No. 11, Indrani Sarani, Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar,
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005, Email : info@wethepeople-barakvalley.com

 


Initiative By : Saurabh Koiri, Silchar, Assam

 

Need a Museum in Silchar

Museum used for the public exhibition of art objects and also for the collection of artifacts will help facilitate the creative economy of Barak Valley. Setting up of a Museum at Silchar will highlight the Art and Culture of Barak Valley throughout the country. It would also help in preserving the heritage of Barak Valley. It is a long felt need of setting up of a museum at Silchar. There are many historical evidences at Barak Valley which require proper attention and restoration.

The former Vice-President of Assam University Students’ Council Rajdeep Dam wrote a letter to the concerned ministry demanding for setting up of a museum at Silchar. The concerned ministry responded to the letter dated 20-09-10, No.F.14-7/2010-M.I. At a discussion with the Honourable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tapodhir Bhattacharjee stated that he would explore all possibilities of establishing a museum and showed deep concern about the matter. In this connection with the letter dated 20-09-10, No.F.14-7/2010-M.I receiving from the ministry of culture, the competent authority already formed a committee on 29-10-2010 with Prof. Gautam Biswas as its chairman. The University Authority responded to the matter very positively and is looking forward with it for setting up of a museum – Rajdeep Dam

Initiative By : Rajdeep Dam, Silchar, Assam