The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and Pathsala Anchalik Student’s Union on Thursday expressed concern over the overloading of vehicles on national highways as such vehicles pose a threat to other commuters.
Overloaded vehicles plying on national highway 31 that passes through the newly constituted Bajali district have become the rule of the day.
AJYCP assistant secretary Bijan Bayan said, “Over-loading of trucks is a matter of grave concern and we demand immediate action from the authority concerned.”
“Plying of such vehicles indiscriminately on the national highways poses a serious threat as there is always a chance of these vehicles losing control and hitting people and objects on the roads. Moreover, the overloaded vehicles also damage roads,” he said.
Bayan also blamed the authority concern for not taking strict measures against erring drivers.
He also alleged that many vehicles also do not adhere to norms on pollution control as black smoke emitted by them can cause serious respiratory problems for the public.
Biswajit Ganguli, general secretary of the Pathsala Anchalik Student’s Union said that there was no control in the playing of overloaded vehicles in the busy Pathsala town and surrounding areas.
“Although officials of the district transport office sometimes come to Pathsala to sensitize the public on traffic rules, they do not take any concrete problem to solve these problems,” said Ganguli.
Ganguli said that the students’ body will launch an agitation if the transport department and district administration do not address the problem of overloaded vehicles.