Silchar-Lumding broad-gauge (BG line) Project, movement in Dima Hasao

By | December 6, 2013

Sangram Committee unites with citizens of Dima Hasao for broad–gauge movement

SILCHAR, December 6: Several organizations of Dima Hasao district will extend their support for the movement for expeditious 
completion of Silchar–Lumding broad–gauge.

Addressing a press meet, the members of Silchar–Lumding Broad–Gauge Rupayan Sangram Committee, who visited Dima Hasao district recently to take the stock of the progress of the broad–gauge project, said that during their visit they met the local people of Dima Hasao including students and the members of several local organizations like Jadikhe Naiso Hosam (JNH), Public Service Forum, Ladies Welfare Forum at Haflong.

In this meeting, the people of Dima Hasao assured their support to the movement for early completion of BG. Later, a ten member monitoring committee comprising eight from Dima Hasao and two members of Sangram Committee was formed which would visit the construction sites once in every month to take stock of the progress of BG.

The members of the Sangram Committee also revealed their observations regarding the progress of broad–gauge. The observation report released by Sangram Committee says that 700 metre work of tunnel number 10 has almost been completed. But, in some areas the water is still leaking through the cracks. “Like previous years, we saw that the boomer machine was not working because of the loose soil of the area,” says the report.

The work in tunnel number 10 was progressing by 1.25 metre from both the sides per day. As of now, only 2,000 metre of work 
has been completed from both the sides and 1,300 metre is yet to be completed. The report, however, adds that the site engineers told the members of the Sangram Committee that the work got halted frequently due to the erosion of loose soil. The 
Sangram Committee slammed the NF Railways’ earlier announcement to complete “mega block” by October 14, 2014 and said that it was impossible to complete the mega block by 2014 as the work was getting halted frequently due to several reasons.

The work of 127 number bridge has been stopped for the last nine years due to the forest clearance, but the Additional Chief Conservator of the Northeastern Region office at Shillong told the Sangram Committee that the clearance for the land of 3.6 acres required to complete the bridge could be given by the Shillong office itself.

The 31 km diversion from Mahalongdisa to Ditakcherra has been extended on such an area, which is full of loose soil. The British also did not extend the metre gauge line on this area due to the poor quality of soil. The members of Sangram Committee said that the tunnel number 7 is being constructed at a very low height and during rainy seasons half of the tunnel gets drowned, the photograph of which has also been published in the newspapers.

On further course of movement of Sangram Committee, Ajoy Roy, Cachar district convener said that they would form committees in different blocks in Barak Valley to strengthen the movement for the expeditious completion of long–pending project. After the formation of block committees, a huge mass convention would be convened centrally.

Ajoy Roy welcoming the recent visit of the MP Kabindra Purakayastha and the members of Bharatiya Janata Party to Haflong to 
inquire the status of broad–gauge said that BJP’s keenness for BG should also remain after the Lok Sabha polls. He, however, expressed disappointment at the role of the Tripura CM Manik Sarkar who according to Roy did not have any role in mounting pressure on the Assam government as well as on the Centre for the completion of BG. Among others present at the press meet included Karimganj district convener Arunangshu Bhattacharjee, Hailakandi convener Sushil Paul, Haridas Dutta and Nirmalya Das. Source: The Sentinel