দূরবীক্ষণ যন্ত্রের সাহায্যে পূর্ণগ্রাস চন্দ্রগ্রহণ প্রদর্শনী কাছাড় কলেজে
আসাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এবং কাছাড় কলেজের পদার্থবিদ্যা বিভাগের যৌথ উদ্যোগে আগামী ৩১শে জানুয়ারি (বুধবার) কাছাড় কলেজে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের টেলিস্কোপের সাহায্যে পূর্ণগ্রাস চন্দ্রগ্রহণ প্রদর্শনীর ব্যবস্থা করা হয়েছে। ব্যবস্থাপনায় রয়েছে ‘উই দ্য পিপল বরাক ভ্যালি’ নামক এক স্বেচ্ছাসেবী সংস্থা। পূর্ণগ্রাস চন্দ্রগ্রহণ শুরু হবে সন্ধ্যা ছয়টা বাইশ ঘটিকায় আর চলবে সন্ধ্যা সাতটা আটত্রিশ পর্যন্ত। এছাড়াও রয়েছে ‘সুপার ব্লু ব্লাড মুন’ শীর্ষক বিরল মহাজাগতিক ঘটনা নিয়ে একটি আলোচনা সভা যেখানে অংশগ্রহণ করবেন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের পদার্থবিদ্যা বিভাগের অধ্যাপকবৃন্দ। অনুষ্ঠান শুরু হবে সন্ধ্যা পাচ ঘটিকায়। এই অনুষ্ঠানে সর্বস্তরের জনসাধারণকে উপস্থিত থাকতে অনুরোধ করা হচ্ছে।
A few words By- Prof. A.K.Sen & Prof. Robert Botet
To Enlight Young Learner
During GYAN-Program (Funded By MHRD) on 13th April 2016 at, Department of Physics, Assam University, Silchar, Presented by-
Wethepeople of Barak Valley ( A Societal Establishment)
We The People Of Barak Valley (A Societal Establishment from Silchar) had been on a campaign since 2010 to move the authorities concerned for adopting safety measures all along the Tongseng-Sonapur zone. We had moved the President of India, Prime Minister, Minister of Highways, National Highway Authority of India, Congress General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur for their immediate intervention and corrective measures. Nothing could move them and the accidents continue to happen.
Sonapur on National Highway 6 (earlier 44) in Meghalaya, 110 km from here, has again been the spot for yet another fatal bus accident involving a night super which was coming from Guwahati to Hailakandi.
The tragic incident happened in the dark and foggy night of Republic Day when the driver of the ill-fated bus lost control and the vehicle rolled down the steep gorges 300 feet down. 10 lives were lost on the spot while 1 admitted in a local hospital succumbed to his injuries. 22 other passengers were seriously injured who were admitted in different hospitals of Kheliarat, Jowai and Sonapur
Sonapur-Tongseng zone on NH 6 in the Khliehriat district in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, 110 km from here, has been hitting the headlines of the media frequently for the tragic accidents involving passenger buses of different travel agencies. The 3 km area has been identified as highly prone to accidents and landslips by the Geological Survey of India and the ONGC landsat images. The Border Road Organization has put up caution board for drivers only to be flouted than complied with.
Sonapur-Tengsong zone has been witness to series of fatal mishaps, claiming lives and limbs, maiming many forever. And the travel agency or the persons responsible for criminal negligence have gone scot free. Before the Sherowali night super bus to Agartala from Guwahati met with fatal accident which claimed 31 lives and left 36 other passengers injured, 10 of them critically, on August 8 last, it was yet another Agartala bound night super bus from Guwahati of Puja travels that skidded off the highway and fell into Lubha river, killing 8 passengers and injuring more than 20. It happened on December 18, 2010. On June 17, 2011, a Sumo rolled down the deep gorges. It took the lives of 10 passengers. 7 of the victims belonged to the same family.
The Response against the above appeal from President Secretariat as on 29th Jaunary 2016 as follows
Lacks Basic Hill Road Safety Standards at Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor on
National Highway No 6 (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.
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?
- The available East West Corridor Project Maha Sadak is in progress with snail speed. Therefore, NH-6 (44) becomes the life line of all these states as the 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.
“YOUTH AGAINST DOWRY” campaign is launched by us to eradicate dowry system which is the root of various social evils. Dowry is the closely interlinked to many crimes committed against women – female infanticide, domestic violence, neglect of the girl child, denial of educational and career opportunities to daughters, rape, extortion, homicide, and discrimination against women to name a few. Some these crimes can be directly traced to the inability of the bride’s family to meet the demands of the groom and his family.
As a first step of this campaign, we will try to reach marriage venues wherein we will hang banners/posters to encourage the pledge against dowry system in the heart of youth with conscience as witness
Laws against dowry
The first all-India legislative enactment relating to dowry to be put on the statute book was the The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and this legislation came into force from July 1, 1961. It marked the beginning of a new legal framework of dowry harassment laws effectively prohibiting the demanding, giving and taking of dowry. Although providing dowry is illegal, it is still common in many parts of India for a husband to seek a dowry from the wife’s family and in some cases, this results in a form of extortion and violence against the wife. To further strengthen the anti-dowry law and to stop offences of cruelty by the husband or his relatives against the wife, new provisions were added to the Indian criminal law – section 498A to Indian Penal Code and section 198A to the Criminal Procedure Code in 1983. In 2005, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act was passed, which added an additional layer of protection from dowry harassment.
Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 consolidated the anti-dowry laws which had been passed on certain states. This legislation provides for a penalty in section 3 if any person gives, takes or abets giving or receiving of dowry. The punishment could be imprisonment for a term not less than 5 years and a fine not less than ₹15,000 or the value of the dowry received, whichever is higher. Dowry in the Act is defined as any property or valuable security given or agreed to be given in connection with the marriage. The penalty for giving or taking dowry is not applicable in case of presents which are given at the time of marriage without any demand having been made. Similarly, section 4 of the Act provides a the penalty for directly or indirectly demanding dowry and provides for a penalty involving a prison term of not less than 6 months and extendable up to two years along with a fine of 10,000. Dowry agreements are void ab initio and if any dowry is received by anyone other than the woman, it should be transferred to the woman. The burden of proving that an offense was not committed is on the persons charged and not on the victim or her family. Under its powers to frame rules for carrying out its objectives under the Act, the government of India has framed the Maintenance of Lists of Presents to the Bride and the Bridegroom Rules, 1985. There are also several state level amendments to the Dowry Prohibition Act.
Criminal statutes – Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act
The Indian criminal laws were comprehensively amended to include dowry as a punishable offence. Section 304B was added to the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (“IPC”), which made dowry death a specific offence punishable with a minimum sentence of imprisonment for 7 years and a maximum imprisonment for life. It provided that if the death of a woman is caused by burns or bodily injury or occurs in suspicious circumstances within 7 years of her marriage, and there’s evidence to show that before her death, she was subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or his relative regarding the demand for dowry, then the husband or the relative shall be deemed to have caused her death. Further, section 113B of the Evidence Act, 1872 (“Evidence Act”), creates an additional presumption of dowry death when it is shown that before her death, the woman had been subjected to cruelty on account of dowry demand. Section 304B IPC along with Section 113B of the Evidence Act have enabled the conviction of many who were not caught by the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. Section 113A of the Evidence Act provides a similar presumption of abetment of suicide (which is an offense under Section 306 IPC), in case of death of a married woman within a period of seven years of her marriage.
Additionally, the judiciary also includes a murder charge under Section 302 IPC as this allows courts to impose death penalty on perpetrators of the offence. Section 406 IPC, pertaining to offences for the criminal breach of trust, applies in cases of recovery of dowry as it is supposed to be for the benefit of the woman and her heirs.
Further, Section 498A IPC was specifically included in 1983 to protect women from cruelty and harassment. The constitutionality of Section 498A was challenged before the Supreme Court of India on grounds of abuse, on grounds that it gave arbitrary power to the police and the court. However, it was upheld in Sushil Kumar Sharma v. Union of India (2005). The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 provides that for the prosecution of offences under Section 498A IPC, the courts can only take cognizance only when it receives a report of the facts from the police or upon a complaint being made by the victim or her family.
Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
Main article: Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (“Domestic Violence Act”) was passed in order to provide a civil law remedy for the protection of women from domestic violence in India. The Domestic Violence Act encompasses all forms of physical, verbal, emotional, economic and sexual abuse and forms a subset of the anti-dowry laws to the extent it is one of the reasons for domestic violence. Section 3 of the Domestic Violence Act specifically incorporates all forms of harassment, injury and harms inflicted to coerce a woman to meet an unlawful demand for dowry. Some of the common remedies under the Domestic Violence Act include:
protection orders – prohibiting a person from committing domestic violence;
residence orders – dispossessing such person from a shared household;
custody orders – granting custody of a child; and
compensation orders – directing payment of compensation.
India is a party to several international human rights instruments which provide theoretical remedies to the dowry problems. These international conventions include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (“ICESCR”), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW”), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”). CEDAW codifies the rights most relevant to the discussion of dowry-related violence: the rights of women. However, there are issues of non-intervention and cultural relativism which impede the use of international law to combat dowry deaths.
We The People of Barak Valley, a Societal establishment in Silchar, in association with Physics Department of Assam University, Silchar as part of National Science Day Celebration; with the help of local societal organization Siksha Sena, Mazargram & Mazargram Youth Club organized “Night Sky Obsevation with Telescope” on 07-03-2015 at Happy Valley ME School, Mazargram in the evening with a aim to promote science and arouse interest towards education among rural students. There were more than 200 children, guardians, teenagers; youths and older people of the region were present in the event.
Dr. Himadri Shekhar, Asstt. Professor, Department of Physics Assam University, Silchar delivered special lecture on astronomy with his own way with kids solving their queries in the event. The excitement of kids had no limits when they watched Jupiter and its 4 satellites and caters of Moon with necked eyes. It was for the first time they have had such experience in their village. Dr. Himadri Shekhar Das in his words expressed his gratitude towards the kids of village and wished such events will encourage and inspire students towards education.
It is attributed by Shri Ashok Kumar Deb, President We The People of Barak Valley in the event about the achievement of Shri Bikram Koiri for qualifying UPSC exam who is currently pursuing training for IAS, belong to this village, was welcomed with huge sound of claps. He hoped more and more Bikram Koiri will born from this valley.
People of Mazargram warmly thanked Dr. Himadri Shekhar Das, Shri Amritakhsha Kar, Phd Scholar and entire team of Physics Department of Assam University and Shri Uttam Koiri, Shri Shekar koiri of Mazargram Youth Club and Shri Ashok Kumar Deb, Shri Saurabh Koiri, Shri Surajit Das Gupta, Ashit Goon of We The People of Barak Valley for their active role in organizing such unique event in their village.
We are trying to encourage the society in Science and Education. we are committed to organize such events in rural area in time to time with co-operation and support of all. We are also working silently towards Road Safety and popularizing Education to students since inception.
Team – We The People Of Barak Valley
Mass Appeal to
Shri Pranab Mukharjee,
His Excellency, President of India
Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister Of India
Other Concerned Authorities
(This Appeal is supported by 16,076 No. of People of Barak Valley, Southern Assam)
Since 68th Year of Independence, We the people of Barak Valley in the Southern Region of Assam still awaits completion of National Projects in terms of Road, Air and Water connectivity to connect with the rest of our country and lacks major developments in terms of small, medium and large industrial development.
With utmost trust faith and hope We The People of Barak Valley humbly pray to Your Excellency for favour of your kind intervene in the matters listed bellow to save the valley of Barak in South Assam from the continuous economic, social and moral deterioration due to the communication bottleneck. Citizen of this region has regained their lost hope on seeing you at the helm of affairs of the country. If this great opportunity is wasted, the region shall plunge into perpetual darkness leading to exodus of conscious citizen from the region.
Subject: – As Listed Bellow
1. Appeal Fast Completion of Remaining portion of East West Corridor Project (Maha Sadak) from Balacherra to Harangajao, Assam & Road Safety on Mahasadk
2. Appeal for Road Safety & Maintenance on National Highway No 6 (44); Jowai-Badarpur Highway (Meghalaya-Assam)
3. Appeal for Subsidized Air Fare from Silchar, Assam.
4. Step towards Industrial Development for the economic growth of Barak Valley (Southern Assam)
Reference: -Appeal to Her Excellency, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Former President of India & Other concerned Authorities for Road Safety & Repair of NH-6 (Earlier NH-44; Shillong-Tripura National Highway) Vide Grievance no. PRSEC/E/2010/11364 dated 21-07-2010 (4 years ago); identifying lack of basic Road Safety Parameters on NH-44 (now 6); In Due course of time Rs. 24.36 Crore was sanctioned in the year 2012 for the same; But no adequate measures been taken on Road Safety Parameters on the said stretch by the Authorities so far. Copies of earlier communication as follows:-
1. NH-12037/77/2014/Misc./NH-8 Dated 13-06-2014
2. NHAI/PIU/SHL/2010/RTI/A 12/1962 Dated 05-06-2014
3. NHAI/RO/GHY/2009/Public Petition/(Vol-II/182/6774 Dated 29-05-2014
4. NHAI/GM/NE/PG/2014/316 Dated 31-07-2014
5. No-RT-25035/27/2014-RS (Part) Dated 14-04-2014
6. PRSEC/E/2014/07738 Dated 29-04-2014
7. PPG(G).9/08/133 Dated 03-09-2010
8. U.O. NO. CMO.04/2010/1409 Dated 26-05-2010
9. CNH.165/2010/45 Dated 22-09-2010
10. TMV.184/2008/59 Dated 28-07-2010
11. NO.CST/RS/16/2009/90/3857 Dated 07-08-2010
12. PRSEC/E/2010/11364 dated 21-07-2010
13. Appeal to Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devi Sing Patil, Her Excellery, President of India & others Dated 07-05-2010
We The People of Barak Valley, Southern Assam, have the honor to express our gratitude for the kind response we had from your office and issuance of the copies of the correspondence made to the concerned departments which had a reference to our appeal to you. With reference to the above, we would like to draw you attention to the problem of the communication of the valley of Barak with the rest of the country which needs immediate redressal for the greater interest of the people of the valley (Southern Assam).
Mass Appeal to you via Missed Calls
His Excellency, In order to get your attention for the problems we are facing in terms of Surface Connectivity; we had launched campaign to seek public participation via missed calls in a toll free no. for a month to support above demands laid down before you for the greater interest of the people of this valley. The Objective of the Campaign was to involving mass people by using technological advancement to express their support and participate in this Appeal who suffers due to present condition of this region.
His Excellency, We would like to inform you that we have got 16076 Supports via Missed Calls for the said demands from the people of this valley and from those who belong to this valley and are staying in different parts of the country. Being a newly formed societal establishment we run our campaign in small scale from 10th November 2014 to 10th December 2014 mainly on Online Social Networks and approaching people in general of this valley by word of mouth only.
Launch of Campaign; Ref. Dainik Prantojyoti dt 11-11-2014
Barak Valley (Southern Assam)
Three districts of Barak Valley viz Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi with an area of 6921 Sq kmhave a population of over 36 lakh (2011 census). The two hills districts viz. Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao (formerly North Cachar Hills) with an area of 15324 Sq. kmhave a population of about 12 lakh. These five districts of the region cover a geographical area of 22245 sq. km which is about 28% of total geographical area of the state. The socio-economic condition of the region is quite different from that of Brahmaputra Valley of Assam. Barak Valley is dominated by Bengali (80% of population), whereas Hills districts are dominated by Tribals like Dimasa, Karbi, Naga, Bodo, Hmars, Kuki etc. Ethnically they are different from dominant Assamese community of Brahmaputra valley of the state.
The region is surrounded by neighboring states of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura in three sides. Barak valley has also 124 km long international border with Bangladesh in the western side. Barak valley occupies strategic central position in the southern part of Northeast. In fact the region is gateway to Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur.
The Present Condition of Connectivity of Barak Valley with the mainland of our Country
His Excellency, First of all, we shall take up the matter of railways. Of course, we must thank the Government of India that and the Indian Railway department for undertaking the mega block project for the gauge conversion in a deadline. The work undertaken long 17 years ago have been brought under the National project in 2006, and yet the work could make little progress in the last eight years. Still the decision of the Railways to bring the work of gauge conversion from Lumding to Silchar to an end within March 2015 makes us all the more the happier.
His Excellency, The mega block of railways from 1st October 2014 to March 15, 2015 has indeed been hailed wholeheartedly by the people of Southern Assam, as well as of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur, even though this would lead to severe economic crises in the region as, henceforth the entire food staff, petro-fuels, and other materials have to be carried through the NH 6 (44)a road already overburdened and rendered unworthy of being loaded any more due to non-maintenance for years together. Of course, people have resolved to accept the situation in consideration of their future prospect
His Excellency, Presently the NH-6 is with NHAI but it pains us to bring it to your notice that we are yet see any positive gesture from the NHAI on implementation of ROAD SAFETY MEASURES and proper maintenance to lessen the plight of the people of Barak valley by taking immediate step to undertake the repair/up-gradation of the only surface road. The work in progress but the quality of the present condition of the road is deplorable in terms of ROAD SAFETY MEASURES and no effective, adequate efforts are made towards its speedy repair for the entire stretch in terms of Road Safety.
- Appeal for Road Safety Measures& Maintenance on NH-44 (6) Jowai-Badarpur Highway in the Meghalaya and Assam portion
Appeal for Display Hoardings having relevant details of completed works and ongoing works (projects) on NH-6 (44) for Public Information
Appeal for Review of quality and standard of completed works
His Excellency, National Highway 6 (44), the only which connects Badarpur with Jowai, 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. There is no rail service available at present due to Silchar Lumding Railway broad-gauge conversion project railway project.
His Excellency, NH-6 becomes the only life line of all these as the main and major mode of transportation. However, because of some vital reasons, mentioned below, the travel at NH-6 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 measures.
His Excellency, On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongseng Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life of Late Shri Subhash Koiri along with his elder Son Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin.. The vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep.
His Excellency,In reference to the above accident an Appeal was made to Her Excellency, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Former President of India, & Other concerned Authorities for Road Safety & Repair of NH-44 (then, Shillong-Tripura National Highway) Vide Grievance no. PRSEC/E/2010/11364 dated 21-07-2010; identifying lack of basic Road Safety Parameters like;
- No Road Signs,
- No Road Barricades/Railings,
- No Proper Road markings,
- Pathetic Road Conditions
- Lack of Emergency Help Line
- Lack of Laws and enforcement agencies
His Excellency,The unavailability of the above Road Safety parameters were highlighted along with Pictures & videos of major accidental prone areas and the same were sent to top to bottom authorities. The intention was to get attention of NHAI in the matter of Road Safety and Repair of NH-6 (44).
His Excellency, In reference to the appeal to Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Devising Patil, it was intimated in the year 2014 vide letter NHAI/PIU/SHL/2010/RTI/A 12/1962 dated 05-06-2014 & NHAI/RO/GHY/2009/Pulic Petition/(Vol-II/182/6774 dated 29-05-2014.
His Excellency, It was acknowledged in the letter that the present condition of the road is deplorable and all out efforts are being taken towards speedy maintenance. Presently the road is with NHAI and biding process was completed in 5th June 2012 and the concessionaire was SIMPLEX INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED. But, concessionaire has shown its inability to start the work citing problem of Land acquisition and taken the recourse to court case.NHAI has sanctioned Rs. 24.36 Crore to state PWD (NH) division of Meghalaya for undertaking special Repair and Restoration work for pot hole damage pavement for entire stretch of the road. As of now the road is under repair with Executive Engineer, Central Division Jowai, Meghalaya and NHAI has deposited 5 crore as advance to Executive Engineer, Central Division Jowai, Meghalaya and the road is being presently repair in LadRymbai and khliehriat area.
His Excellency, it is also intimated vide letter no. NHAI/GM/NE/PG/2014/316 dated 31-07-2014 that the stretch of Highway from Sonapur-Tongseng-Malidore, Meghalaya region is part of Jowai to Ratacherra (Meghalaya/Assam Border) section of NH-44 (104 km), presently two lane and being upgraded to 2-lane with paved shoulders. The physical execution of this work was scheduled to start on 10th Jan 2014. (the appointed date). However the concessionaire (M/S Simplex infrastructure Limited) responsible the upgradation work is contesting the issue in the Hon’ble High Court of Calcutta. The contentions of the concessionaire have already been refuted by NHAI and the
concessionaire has been asked to take up the execution and maintenance of the project highway immediately, failing of which action as per concession agreement including debarment from partition in future NHAI projects shall be taken.
Since, the concessionaire has not mobilized till date, as an interim measure, NHAI has sanctioned Rs.24.36 crore for maintenance of road stretch from Jowai to Ratacherra to PWD (NH) Meghalaya. The maintenance work is under progress for keeping the road traffic worthy condition. But Road Safety measures are not adequate enough for the safety of commuters on NH-6.
His Excellency, no positive gesture was seen by NHAI on Road Safety of NH-6 (44) except exchange of letters. This shows 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.
His Excellency, It pains to inform you that even though work is sectioned and the concessionaire(M/s SIMPLEX Insfructure Limited)is appointed but the work did not start as per schedule date (2 years). The entire stretch is still dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening and tiring for the commuters. Specially Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidore region of Meghalaya on NH-6 (44). Ultimately it’s the common man who has to suffer for the inability of concessionaire to execute the work.
His Excellency, Meanwhile on 8th August’ 2012 morning, 31 persons, including women and children died, 27 were critically injured when Tripura-bound bus fell into a deep gorge approx. 400 ft on at Tongseng village of Jayantial Hills District in Meghalaya on NH-44. Ultimately, it is the common man who has to suffer at the end, because of failure of the executive agency to get the work in schedule course of time.
Her Excellency, on behalf of those who have lost their loved ones and are grateful for the lives that were spared on National Highway No. 44. We appeal before you for installation of Road Safety Measures on NH-6 (44) which lacks the following in major accidental prone areas:-
National Highway No. 6 (44) Lacks Basic Hill Road Safety Standards at major accidental prone areas
- No Proper 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 proper 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.
His Excellency, Such conditions make driving and traveling on NH-6 (44) a harrowing, dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening specially during rainy Season. We appeal for your special attention and intervention on NH – 6 (44) for the said appeal above.
- Appeal Fast Completion of Remaining portion of East West Corridor Project (Maha Sadak) from Balacherra to Harangajao, Assam.
Appeal for Review of quality and standard of completed work of East West Corridor Project of the Assam Region
Appeal for Road Safety Measures on East West Corridor Project in major Accidental Prone Areas
EAST WEST CORRIDOR PROJECT (Untouched portion between Balacherra and Harangajao, Assam)
His Excellency, Silchar- Surat National Highway (East West Corridor) Project under NHDP to connect Barak Valley (Southern Assam) with the Mainland of our Country. The project was inaugurated in the year 1998 under the leadership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The work of this project is in snail speed since laid down of foundation stone in the year 1998.
His Excellency, People of this valley are eagerly waiting for completion of East-West Corridor which was initiated in Barak Valley in the year 2001. Of the 54 km length of the mahasadak in this valley, work is yet to start on the 31 km stretch between Balacherra and Harangajao in 13 years since foundation stone was laid; It is attributed in variousnews papers that The Environment Department & Forest department have reportedly delayed in giving their no – objection in respect of the construction of the Mahasadak belonging to these departments, is also one of the major impediments in the construction of the said project.
Present Condition of East West Corridor Project
His Excellency, Unfortunately the progress of East West Corridor Project is unusually slow. Different deadlines were declared on the part of the Govt. and being differed again and again which testifies to the indifferent attitude of the authorities.
His Exccellency, To lessen the extra burden on the NH.44 the half done Mahasarak project—from Silchar to Surat need be completed on a war footing. But on the plea of non-issue of a clearance certificate from the Environment department & Forest department for continuation of work in the 31 k.m., the project has been kept pending.
His Excellency, We appeal for fast completion of East West Corridor project which will be a matter of great relief for the commuters of this entire region and the socio- economy of this region will be improved due this revolutionary infrastructural development.
- Appeal for Subsidized Air Fare from Silchar Airport.
Appeal for fast start up of projected Late Bipin chadra Pal International Airport in Silchar
His Excellency, A new international Airport in the name of great freedom fighter of the region Late Bipin Chandra Pal near Silchar may kindly be started at the earliest, as the existing Airport at Kumbirgram is a Defence establishment with several restrictions for operation of civil airlines. Land near the existing airport had already been selected by a team of aviation officials during their visit last year (2013).
His Excellency, The Silchar Airport in Barak valley is in fact Defence establishment under joint control of the Union defence and civil aviation ministries. Most of the private airlines have already withdrawn their operation from Silchar Airport citing of lack of facility. Silchar Airport is 3rd after Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam in terms air traffic. The Airport has potential to grow into Modern International Airport, provided new civil Airport is constructed in nearby area. People from the region are scattered throughout the countries and abroad. Large number of people from Barak Valley migrated and settled to different parts of country and abroad. Recent time’s job seekers from the region travelled to USA, West Asian as well as other ASEAN countries. For these migrants, return visit on the occasion of festivals likeDurga Puja and Eid is a nightmare
His Excellency, Such being the state of affairs with the road and railways, the people of the valley could make no use of the air connectivity due to exorbitant rate of air fare in one and absence of adequate number of flights on the other. Moreover, the number of flight connecting Silchar with Guwahati, Calcutta, or with Aizal, Agartala, Imphal is just inadequate and that too these are subject to frequent withdrawal. The people, particularly at the time of emergency are indeed helpless. We humbly appeal for subsidized Air Fare from Silchar Airport in this current scenario for the immediate relief of the people of this region the way Agartala Airport offers subsidized Air fare for the people of that locality whereas Barak Valley needs the same subsidy from your end for the people with urgent needs who cannot afford the current air fare.
- Appeal for prompt step towards Industrial Development (small, medium and large industries) for the economic growth of this region
His Excellency, The region is one of the most backward area of not only Assam but also of entire country partly because of its remoteness, lack of modern communication, , lack of consciousness of its inhabitants and largely because of sheer neglect since independence. Whatever little achieved after long mass struggle in terms of industrial development.
His Excellency, The Barak Valley has 112 Tea garden employing about 1 lakh people with meager wages of Rs. 55/day as against Rs. 72/day in Brahmaputra valley. The productivity of the garden is much less than their counterpart in Brahmaputra valley. In absence of any research input for plantation crops like tea, the productivity has steadily declined over the years. Moreover reluctance of Kolkata based garden owner to invest in rejuvenation of century old tea plantation further contributed to the decline of these gardens.
His Excellency, Barak Valley along with few areas of Assam can emerge as the only place in the world after Kenya to become a producer of health-rich purple tea, as stated by scientists and tea experts of Tocklai Tea Research Institute.
His Excellency, Currently, Kenya is the only country that produces unique purple tea which fetches three to four times the price of black tea and has established both a domestic as well as export market.
His Excellency, The clone TRFK 306/1 for purple tea of Kenya was originally from Assam and wild bushes of the tea have been found in the hilly forested areas of Karbi Anglong district and Longai area of Cachar district in Barak Valley while there was also possibility of its presence in some areas of Upper Assam. Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI)’s senior advisory officer (principal scientist) Pradip Barua said, “Assam has tremendous potential to produce purple tea, as it is the tea of the future as far as health benefits are concerned. Besides, such tea bushes are still found in the state”
His Excellency, Tea was first introduced in Kenya around 1903 and early introduction was of Assam variety in the form of seeds with the first set of improved tea clones of Assam variety characterized by general vigour, high density of plucking points and large shoot size released in 1964.
His Excellency, Tea having originated from Assam under the British colonial rulers and developed by the British planters and scientists working in India migrating to Kenya, most of the practices of tea cultivation and production and common words used in tea plantations were of Indian and Assam origin.
The Only Public Sector Unit
His Excellency, The region is lagging behind in industrialization. The only large public sector Cachar Paper Mills in Panchgram in Cachar, is already sick because of several constrains including dearth of raw material, communication problem, power shortage
His Excellency, Silchar town of Barak valley is the second largest urban center in Assam next only to capital city of Guwahati. But the town totally lacks modern civic amenities turning it into twentieth century urban nightmare rather than a modern city. The plight of other smaller towns of the region can only be imagined.The pathetic road condition of entire valley paralyzed internal and external communication with the result that big industrial house avoid the region. Frequent foreign visiting dignitaries to the Assam University at Silchar are surprised to see the dilapidated approach road to the University thus lowering the prestige of the country.
Industrial Opportunities in Barak Valley
- Silchar City located in the Centre of Southern part of Northeast is Gateway to Manipur, Moizoram and Tripura. It is also located along the proposed ASIAN HIGHWAY and TRANS ASIAN RAILWAY staring from Hanoi in Vietnam. The City should be included in the proposed 100 SMART CITY project of the government.
- Gas/coal based power station may be established in the Barak Velley. To facilitate transport of raw material (Coal/gas) through Bangladesh to overcome shortage of electricity in collaboration and power sharing with Bangladesh.
- Panchgram Paper Mill and Bokajan Cement Factory should be modernized along with adequate step for their revival. Effort should be made to remove other hurdles.
- A public sector cement factory based on lime deposit of neighbouring Meghalaya may be established in the region. This is decade old Central Project awaiting final approval.
- To encourage setting up of IT industry, and IT park promoted by noted private industrial house may be set up in Silchar.
- Skill development center should be established in all the five districts of the region immediately.
- The Hill districts of Dim Hasao and Karbi Anglong should bedeclared tourist district by the Government to promote nature tourism with Haflong and Hamren town as tourist town. Establishment of small tourist Airport at Haflong and Hamren shall facilitate development of tourism in the region.
- Bamboo Park and Herbal Park should be setup in the Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong district
- Mega Food Park should be setup in Lakhipur town in the Cachar district.
- Tea town with warehouses, Tea Auction Center and a Tea Museum, Tea Research Centre should be setup in Silchar in Cachar district to promote research on tea and adoption of modern technique to control declining productivity of the of the tea gardens of the region with a aim to diversify into new tea products diversification and value addition in order to enhance productivity of tea as well as boost economic growth in the agricultural sector. Barak Valley and parts of Assam is very rich in tea germplasm as it is the place of original tea variety and wild tea plants are still available in the state.
His Excellency, In view of the state of affairs narrated above, with this submission, We on behalf of the most loyal and peace loving citizen of Barak Valley, South Assam, earnestly request you to personally adopt this land hitherto abandoned by both state and central governments. Citizen of this region has regained their lost hope on seeing you at the helm of affairs of the country. If this great opportunity is wasted, the region shall plunge into perpetual darkness leading to exodus of conscious citizen from the region.
His Excellency, We The People of Barak Valley humbly pray to Your Excellency for favour of your kind intervene in the matters to save the valley of Barak in South Assam from the continuous economic, social and moral deterioration due to the communication bottleneck.
On Behalf of People Supported Above Appeal Yours faithfully,
Saurabh Koiri, Gen Secretary, We The People of Barak Valley
(A societal establishment; Regd. No Rs/CA/243/M/143 of 2014-2015)
Indrani Sarani, Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005, India
Mobile: +91 9531066488 Email: email@example.com
- Copies of previous correspondence for ROAD SAFETY & REPAIR of NH-6 (NH44 earlier)
- Copy of letter from service provider of Mass Appeal Campaign
- List (Softcopy )of Supporters of above Appeal (Missed Callers) in CD
- Newspaper cuttings of Major Accidents on NH-6 (NH-44 earlier)
1. Shri Narender Damodardas Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
2. Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble, Union Minister Road and Transport, Govt. of India.
3. Dr. Jitendra Singh Hon’ble Development of North Eastern Region, Govt. of India
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. Shri Shri R. P. Singh, IAS, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India.
10. Chief Secretary: Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya,.
11. Smt. Susmita Dev,Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Silchar, Assam.
- Shri Radheyshyam Biswas, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Karimganj, Assam
- Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Assam.
Saurabh Koiri, Gen Secretary, We The People of Barak Valley
(A societal establishment; Regd. No Rs/CA/243/M/143 of 2014-2015)
Indrani Sarani, Das Colony, Rangirkhari, Silchar
Cachar, Assam, Pin – 788005, India
Mobile: +91 9531066488 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have launched Campaign (via Missed Call) to seek mass support & participation from people of Barak Valley for the following Appeals1. Appeal for special attention for Repair/maintenance & Road Safety of NH-6 (Jowai-Badarpur Highway) which is the only road to connect approx. 1 crore population of Southern Assam (Barak Valley), Tripura, Mizoram & parts of Manipur to the mainland of the country. 2. Appeal for intervention on the East West Corridor Project (Mahasadak) for 31 kms from Balacherra to Harangajao, Assam for earliest completion. 3. Better Air Services from Silchar with subsidized Air fare; considering present communication bottleneck of this region. 4. Notwithstanding above; Appeal for attention towards Industrial Development for economic growth of this region The Support generated via Campaign will be sent along with our Appeal will be sent (after the Campaign) to His Excellency, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, The President Of India Shri Narender Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble, Union Minister Road and Transport, Govt. of India, General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, ShriTarunGogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Assam, Mukul M. Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya. ShriManikSarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Tripura, ShriOkramIbobi Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur, ShriPuLalthanhawla, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Mizoram, Shri Rajinder Pal Singh, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India, Chief Secretary: Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya, Govt. of Tripura, Govt. of Manipur, Govt. of Mizoram, Susmita Dev, Member of Parliament, Silchar, Assam, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Assam for their immediate attention towards the above said problems faced by the people of Barak Valley (Southern Assam)
SUPPORT & PARTICIPATE IN OUR APPEAL
(By 10th December 2014)The following members are involve in running and managing this Mass Appeal Campaign on behalf of our society Shri. Ashok Kumar Deb (President), Shri. Rajaram Koiri (Working President), Shri Amritaksha Kar (Vice President), Shri Saurabh Koiri (Founder & General Secretary) Shri Ashish Chakravorty (Treasurer), Shri Abhishek Goala, Shri Apratim Bhattacharjee, Shri Jhumur Dhar, Smt. Sunita Koiri, Shri Surajit Das Gupta, Shri Ashok Koiri, Shri Ashit Goon, Shri Samar Deb, Shri Saroj Kumar Koiri, Shri Soumen Dhar.
Shri Atin Das, Writer, Poet & Social Activist[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cwcsJoydsg[/youtube]
Shri Ashok Kumar Deb, President WeThePeople of BarakValley[youtube width=”555″ height=”344″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrxgZwdKbIY[/youtube]
Ng. Ranjit Singha, Principal MHC HS School, Sonabarighat, Cachar
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Md. Nasir Uddin Barbhuiya, Educationist, Sonai
We can aimed at raising awareness amongst all levels of society. The challenges can be met only with the whole hearted support and commitment of the entire community. We strongly feel that partnering with common man that provides impetus to our massive “Web Campaign” for highlighting issues which are not prioritised from long period of time.