Hundreds of students participate in the protest rally against bad road condition in Umrangso town in Dima Hasao on Friday 2 August '13. The protest rally was organised by SUBU(Save Umrangso Build Umrangso), DSU(Dimasa Students Union), KSA(Khelma Students Association), AABYSF(All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation), NSU(Nepali Students Union), KSU(Karbi Students Union), DJH(Diyungmukh Jalai Hoshom) and other NGOs.
The protesters demanded immediate repair of Umrangso-Lanka road, Umrangso-Jowai road, Umrangso-Haflong road and other roads connecting the town with different parts of the district.
Speaking to the media, the president of SUBU said, “On behalf of the whole populace of Umrangso area we want to convey our griviences to His Excellency, J.B Patnaik, the Governor of Assam. We have listed all here what the problems of the people of the area, the sickly people, the old-aged people are because of the bad road condition. People are not sure whether they will reach Lanka or not; when we come to Umrangso from Lanka, we are not sure whether we will reach Umrangso or not.”
The protesters also blamed Dalmia Cement Company in Umrangso for plying heavy and overloaded vehicles on the already damaged roads. It is to be noted that construction work of Dalmia Cement is underway in the town.
A memorandum in this regard was submitted to the Governor of Assam, J.B Patnaik, through the officer-in-charge of Umrangso police station.
Photo by: Reejunon Nunisa