Residents of Malasi in Karbi Anglong district collect Rs 100 from every household, decide to fix stretch after PWD turns a deaf ear to their problems for 6 years
Diphu: After the Public Works Department (PWD) in Duarbagori MAC constituency in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district turned a deaf ear to the pathetic road conditions in four local villages of Malasi area for six years, locals have now taken it upon themselves to bring about a change.
Keeping aside their household activities and regular work, villagers picked up shovels to fix the dilapidated roads on their own. Every household of the village contributed Rs 100 for the road repair works after a team of four local members under the leadership of the village head was formed for the same.
People from different sections of society including government employees, widows and orphans residing in this village, contributed towards the repair works.
Disappointed over the poor road conditions, villagers informed that medical patients, students and daily office goers are the worst affected while travelling by the village road to their respective destinations.
“Many a time, medical patients, especially pregnant women, could not reach the nearby hospital on time,” a villager said. Many accidents have also been reported from the locality in the past due to the poor condition of the road, he added.
“We have been waiting for quite a long time, hoping that some kind of initiative will be undertaken from the part of government, but it did not happen, he said.
Meanwhile, villagers have appealed the chief executive member (CEM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) to take a serious note of the poor road condition and immediately commence repairing work for the same.
“Our condition will be worst if KAAC officials don’t address it now,” a local resident said.