There is good news for the people of eastern Assam’s Jorhat with two communication bottlenecks set to be smoothed out.
Sustained pleas to the government at the Centre have yielded dividends with the FCI godown in the centre of the town to be shifted to the outskirts at Cinnamara.
The other good news is that the air connectivity from Jorhat to different states will get a boost with Indigo airlines deciding to operate flights to Guwahati, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai from October 27.
In response to Jorhat Municipal Board’s ward commissioner, Ankur Gupta‘s repeated petitions to union minister of consumer affairs and public distribution system, Ram Vilas Paswan and minister of state for consumer affairs etc, Danve Rao Saheb Patel, the under secretary to the government of India, Consumer Affairs, Brij Bihari Lal through a letter to Gupta stated that the acquisition of land by the district administration for the godown at Cinnamara is underway.
He also informed the FCI had already deposited Rs 11.40 crore to the Railways in August 2016 for a siding to be constructed at Cinnamara.
The FCI has also deposited Rs 3.39 crore in October 2018 for land acquisition to the district Revenue department.
Jorhat deputy commissioner has said the land acquisition would be completed in two months’ time following which construction would start.
At present the rakes are brought to the FCI godown located at JPR junction BG Yard in the middle of the town causing mile long traffic jams by trucks loading the commodities as well as by the goods trains when the crossings have to be closed for the train to pass.
Moreover, several people have also died in accidents at the place in the past.
The operation of a daily Jorhat to Gauhati flight , a Jorhat -Gauhati-Delhi flight(11:40-18:30), Delhi-Gauhati- Jorhat (05:25-11:05), Jorhat-Gauhati-Bombay (11:40-20:45), Jorhat-Gauhati -Madras ( Chennai)(11:40-22:25) and Madras- Gauhati-Jorhat (05:20-11:05) from October 27 will solve a another communication problem of Jorhat.
Earlier there was only one flight out from Jorhat to Kolkata.
Gupta had earlier met the Union Aviation minister and concerned secretary with his petitions for the need of more flights to operate from Jorhat.
Jorhat, which is second in importance after Guwahati has had a longstanding problem where communicating to other parts of the country is connnected with not a single long distance train touching the Jorhat railway station till date for want of a loop line from the Mariani Railway Junction.