Jorhat City Unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Tuesday staged a demonstration in protest against the inability of the district administration in solving the daily traffic chaos in Jorhat town.

Members of the students-youth body, carrying banners and shouting slogans, demanded that the semi-constructed multistoried parking lot for 150 vehicles be completed at the earliest.

Alleging massive corruption, AJYCP in a memorandum to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal stated that the construction of the said multistoried parking lot was started with much fanfare in October 2013 by the Jorhat Municipal Board.

“Seven years have elapsed and it is not known why only 30% work has been done, whereas 60% of the total amount, that is Rs 10.51 crore, has been released to the contractor,” the organization stated in the memorandum.

They further demanded that an investigation be ordered into the matter and the project be completed in order to ease the traffic jams in the town.

The multistoried parking facility will also have shops on the ground floor and big halls on the top floor.

In 2013, the Old ASTC bus stand was shifted from its place and all shops in the vicinity evicted to make way for the plot of land for construction of the parking lot.

At present, the ground floor is swamped in a pool of water and the rods sticking out have mostly rusted.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com