Flood in Dibrugarh
A dilapidated road in Dibrugarh town. Image: Northeast Now

Dibrugarh roads are in shambles after the recent wave of flood.

As the floodwaters are gradually receding, an ugly picture of the damaged cause is surfacing- which shows that maximum roads of the town are in a dilapidated condition.

A report by the Dibrugarh district administration shows that the recent flooding damaged 49 roads in Dibrugarh town alone.

Some of the prominent roads which suffered extensive damages are the AT Road, Red Cross Road, Milan Nagar Road, British India Road, Vivekananda Road, Kadamoni-Kalibari Road, Dakhin Khalihamari Road etc.

“The pathetic conditions of the roads have made life quite difficult for us,” said Santosh Roy, a Dibrugarh resident.

“The roads are full of crater-size potholes and these can cause a major accident any time. The road near Chowkidinghee ASTC is horrible,” Roy added.

“The recent flood has destroyed most of the roads of Dibrugarh town. The concerned departments should immediately repair the roads,” he further added.

Not just the roads of the town, but the national highway-37 has also been severely damaged in the floods.

The denizens have requested the concerned authorities to carry out the repair work at the earliest.

“Repair and restoration work of the damaged roads will be taken up under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). Work will start as soon as the weather condition improves,” said additional deputy commissioner (disaster management) Dipu Kumar Deka.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has already been instructed to start the repair works at the earliest and repair as much roads as they can.

“Until monsoon recedes, repair work can’t begin and till then we will have to suffer,” bemoaned Roy.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com

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