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Rohini road: A deathtrap for passengers

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 30, 2009

Kurseong, 29 June: Kurseong-bound passengers from Siliguri can save minutes off their journey time by taking the Rohini bypass road. However, the road currently poses a risk to life and limb. For the last few months, the Rohini road has been in a deplorable condition, with cracks at every step.
After seven years of construction work, the road was inaugurated by the DGHC on 16 July, 2007. Rs 10.42 crore has been spent on the road.
Since the Pankhabari road has been announced as one-way till 5.00 p.m. by the administration, most of the Darjeeling-bound Siliguri vehicles ply via Rohini road. Hence, it is one of the busiest roads in the region.
One passenger, who was a regular visitor to Kurseong from Siliguri, said it’s been a year since he last visited Kurseong. “Nowadays I try not to think about visiting Kurseong as most of the vehicles use Rohini road, which is uncomfortable and unsafe.” Another passenger said that besides proper repair works, the road needs several parapets, since a lack of parapets along the slope of the road makes passengers fear the journey.
A driver, Mr Pramod Chettri, said that the rough conditions of the road make it difficult to drive on and consume a lot of fuel. Passengers are also afraid of accidents. Residents of the area feel that, besides the ongoing agitation, political parties should concentrate on development for the benefit of the common people.
When questioned, the GJMM, vice-president, Mr Pradeep Pradhan, said: “Keeping in mind the interests of the common people, we have already complained and demanded to the authorities regarding immediate repair works on the Rohini road.”
In this connection, the Kurseong SDO, Mr Dibyendu Das said that the matter has already been conveyed to the concerned authorities as well as the DGHC Construction Division. The DGHC Construction Division, executive engineer, Mr Kumud Giri, said that the fund had not been sanctioned so far and the work will be started as soon as this occurs.

Source : The Statesman

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