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Expectation from BRO
The decision of the government of India to delegate more administrative and financial
powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for the speedy completion of the road
projects has come in right time. Over the last few years BRO has acquired reputation
for being tardy while taking up the projects. Such poor has been their performance
that even Comptroller and Auditor General also took strong objection to the long
delays by the BRO in constructing 61 strategically important roads, with a total
length of 3,409km, under the India-China Border Roads (ICBRs) project. The decision
to give additional powers to BRO comes at a time when India is locked in bitter standoff
with China at Doklam in Sikkim.
BRO is taking up several strategic road projects along the Indo-China border including
in Arunachal Pradesh. Once known for its sincere and honest work today BRO is struggling
to complete its road projects. Most of the machineries used by it are outdated and
often breaks down which push backs the project. It is also facing the allegation
of corrupt practice leading to compromise with quality of work. There is huge expectation
from a dedicated organization like BRO which are mostly lead by military officials.
Its time BRO put in sincere effort and win back the trust of the people living along
the international boundary by constructing world class roads. Hopefully delegation
of additional administrative and financial power will give it more strength to execute
the project at much faster rate.
---- Readers Forum ----
An open letter to CM
I would like to ask the Chief minister of our state on the need for creation of department
for 'Indigenious faith and Culture' when there is department for 'Art and Culture'.
As we all know that India is a secular country and so all the religion is same and
there should be equal preference to every religion.
I honour and respect the Indigenious faith and Culture but will not it be injustice
towards other religions of the state?
It is an appeal to the Chief Minister to rethink and do justice for common welfare
of all religions in the state.
Killer road to be precise
As we know ‘Roadway’ is the only and most important mean of communication in our
state, now let’s know about our capital roads especially the stretch between Nirjuli
and Doimukh. I have turned adult from a child but roads are still the same, as it
was decades before. When these roads are going to look like actual town or city roads?
We can witness lots of adventure here, because travelling from Nirjuli to Doimukh
is nothing more than an adventure trip. You feel like you are on camel ride specially
while riding 3 and 2 wheelers such as auto, scooty and bike. I also ride a bike and
when I am on this stretch of road feels like I am riding the bike on the river which
angers me and at the same time amuses me. And yes it changes its appearance as the
season changes; the pothole becomes bigger during the end of monsoon and road becomes
dusty in winter. The rain god makes it worse and you don’t even have any idea about
how deep the potholes might be? It may also be very dangerous for expecting mothers.
Therefore, I earnestly urge to the concerned authorities to fix this menace or to
come and experience a camel ride on water. It is a disastrous killer road to be precise.
Let passenger safety be priority
Apropos your editorial, "Railway accident on rise" (August 21, 2017), Indian Railways
must review their policy of going ahead with a costly bullet train project while
neglecting such basics as track renewal and coach modernisation. Must Railways bite
off more than they can chew? What's the use of making an attractive icing if the
ingredients in the cake get rotten? Indian Railways should give top priority to passengers'
safety and follow the proposals of the Anil Kakodar board on war footing.
Sujit De, Kolkata
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