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Lakhipur residents for review of ban on passenger vehicles

SILCHAR, July 9: In a memorandum addressed to the Deputy Commissioner
of Cachar, Lakhipur Assembly Youth Congress Committee (LAYCC), on
behalf of the residents of the sub–division, have impressed upon him to review the decision for restricting the entry of vehicles like Cruiser, Sumo and Max into the Silchar municipal area with effect from July 1. It has been
however appreciated that the order for imposing such restriction is in
consistent with the judgement of the High Court. But, the action of the
administration has been described as partisan in restricting the entry of the
passenger vehicles plying on Silchar–Lakhipur route.
The LAYCC has pointed out that these vehicles are the prime medium of
transportation in the areas covering Lakhipur, Pailapool and Fulertal as well
as Hmarkhawlein of the sub–division. With the ban on their entry, the
owners along with their drivers and handymen have gone on indefinite
strike from July 2. As a result of which, commuters, State and Central
government employees, students and businessmen have been badly
Rajdeep Goala, president of LAYCC, who signed the memorandum with
copy to Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Lakhipur sub–division, has stated that
without making alternative arrangement for the parking of these vehicles,
such a ban is not justified as they have to be placed on private areas in
Rongpur, in the northern fringe of this town, across river Barak. In the
situation, he has requested the Deputy Commissioner for providing
permanent parking for the passenger vehicles on government land. This will
be convenient for the commuters as well.
In the event of failure to make alternative arrangement, the memorandum
pleads for the entry of these vehicles in the town area to be parked on old
Lakhipur bus stand near Cachar College in close proximity to Barak bridge.
This will not cause any traffic jam or create any problem in the flow of
vehicular traffic in the town. Moreover, the old stand is just on the other
side of the river Barak and around 1 km from the new parking zone of
Parking of vehicles in Rongpur area will pose another problem of safety
particularly for women passengers after dusk. Besides, travelling in the
evening and after that will be expensive for common people on Silchar–
Lakhipur route. Auto–rickshaws which take passengers from this side of
river Barak through the bridge to Rongpur demand high charges since city
buses are not operational during that sunset times.
Considering the difficulties, inconveniences and problems of passengers,
male and female, travelling on Silchar–Lakhipur route, Rajdeep Goala has
reiterated review of the decision in the larger interest of the people of the economically backward and communication scarce sub–division. It will at
the same time help the owners of vehicles to call off their strike. (Sentinelassam)

Residents demand probe into fund utilization

SILCHAR, June 26: The residents of Lakhipur municipal areas have questioned the utilization of State government funded schemes in all the 10 wards of Lakhipur Municipal Board. In a statement before the media, Bappa Sen, secretary Anti Corruption Organization of the sub–divisional town of Cachar, has pointed out that in order to ascertain proper utilization of funds in different wards, an 11 member team of Anti Corruption Organization make an on the spot survey and study of the issue raised in public forum and voiced from time to time through the media. Though after verification, the team found some works in all the wards excepting ward No. 6 of Fulertal.
The allegation, according to the team, is that the quality of work in the ward under scanner has been very low, compared to that of remaining wards. In particular, the sanctioned work of saw mill ghat project has not been completed. No plausible explanation could be given for the incomplete work. The team was surprised to find that though a huge fund was allotted for the project, only a few concrete steps have been built. People have begun to doubt that by constructing steps of a few metres along the ghat, the entire fund has been shown as utilized. No signboard detailing the amount of money sanctioned as well as other technical details has been put up.
It has been further alleged that after constructing the drainage system along the saw mill ghat for a few metres, it has been linked with old drainage with some improvement and the contractor entrusted with the work, it has been suspected, has conspired to siphon off the sanctioned fund against it. Against the backdrop of mounting public criticism against the work in ward No. 6, Anti Corruption Organization has demanded thorough investigation into all the schemes and submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Chairman of the Municipal Board.
A copy of the memorandum has also been sent to the Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Development Department, Dispur, the Deputy Director of Urban Department, Guwahati, The Deputy Commissioner of Cachar and Director, Municipal Administration of the State. It has also been demanded that the licence of the contractor concerned should be cancelled. The Lakhipur Anti Corruption Organization secretary claims to have got positive response from the higher authorities concerned for investigation and proper action. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Administration streamlining traffic snarl

SILCHAR, June 27: In order to address traffic snarl in the town, the district administration has taken a few decisions as part of which no public transport will be allowed to enter the town from July 1. The public transports from Lakhipur, Udharbond, Jirighat will be stopped at Rongpur where a new stand will be made.
Besides, the night and day supers from Lakhipur and Udharbond areas could only go via the town under a condition which is that all these transports could not stand more than ten minutes at Capital point.
The vehicles coming from Sonai and Dholai areas would be stopped at Nagatilla while Silchar bound transports from Hailakandi and Karimganj districts will take a halt at Inter State Bus Terminus.
It can be mentioned here that the Gauhati High Court in reply to six writ petitions directed Cachar administration to put all the commercial vehicles out of the town on March 14. It was also made clear at the judgment that all the stands should be set up out of the town. The administration put the work on hold to keep the transport vehicles out of the town owing to different festivals, programmes and the general elections. But, now the administration has issued a notice in pursuance to the Gauhati High Court’s order. For the last few days, the members of the owners’ association requested the district administration to rethink the decision.
Meanwhile, an important meeting was held on Thursday at the conference hall of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner under the presidentship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner MK Das. The meeting was attended by the owners and drivers of the vehicles of Lakhipur area. Different issues related to the setting up of the stands at Rongpur were discussed at the meeting. The main issues were the construction of toilets, shed, security, among others. The administration assured to address the basic issues on priority basis. Among others present at the meeting included divisional superintendent of ASTC, settlement officer Baranya Das. It has been assured that a few city buses will run from Rongpur stand to the town for the interest of the passengers.
Presently, no vehicular stand is located at Rongpur. The two government plots of land will be used for the new impending stand.
Hap–hazard parking of vehicles on either side of busy roads like Shillongpatty, Nazir patty and Hospital road, besides several other locations of Silchar have emerged as a major civic problem. Thousands of vehicles bound for intervalley destinations and beyond besides intercity movement find it hard to negotiate through the congestion, culminating in traffic snarl which has become a daily phenomenon. The move of the district administration to activate the bypass linking Ramnagar with Hailakandi road and the parking of long distance buses and trucks at Inter State Bus and Truck Terminus at Ramnagar has failed to have the desired result. (Source: SentinelAsam)

Lakhipur Congress workers stage protest against train fare hike

SILCHAR, June 27: In protest against the railway fare hike and the increase of prices of other commodities by the NDA government, Lakhipur Congress took out a rally on Thursday. The rally was led by the son of former MLA and a mass leader late Dinesh Prasad Goala, who is also the president of Lakhipur Youth Congress. The rally was taken out from Lakhipur Primary Health Centre which after passing through the main thoroughfares assembled in front of Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) where the members of Binnakandi, Banskandi and Lakhipur Block Congress committees raised slogan against the NDA government and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. More than 200 Congress workers burnt the effigy of the Prime Minister and demanded immediate roll back in railway fares. The Congress workers submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India through SDO (Civil) of Lakhipur Nabrun Bhattacharjee in support of their charter of demands. The Congress leaders said that the hike in the freight charges would result in all–round price rise and thus the prices of essential commodities like rice, wheat, vegetables, among others, will rise sharply. They pointed out that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot live up to his promises of bringing down inflation, cutting price rise, he should at least check it from increasing further. They pointed out that the NDA government took the decision to hike rail fare by by–passing the Parliament. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Elisa Amagee Mahao’ author Kunjamohan passes away

N Kunjamohan
IMPHAL, May 19: Renowned writer and educationist of the state, Nongthombam Kunjamohan, author of several short stories like the widely acclaimed ‘Elisa Amagee Mahao’ breathed his last this evening at Shija Hospital Langol.He was 79 and survived by his wife and five children Kunjamohan at their Uripok Yambem Leikai Mamang Leirak residence.
Kunjamohan was hospitalised on May 17 around 8 pm following his deteriorating health condition and was kept in the ICU.
After battling for life during the past two days, he succumbed this evening around 5.03 pm.
He was born on November 18, 1935 at Palarbond Village, Assam to Nongthombam Ratan Singh (father) and Kangbam Apambi Devi.
He acquired his MA Economics from Guwahati University.
He had served as an assistant teacher at Lakhipur Aarl High School and also as principals of Thoubal College, CI College Bishnupur.
Kunjamohan had also served as the secretary of the Board of Secondary Education Manipur and Council of Higher Secondary School Manipur and also secretary of Manipur State Education Commission.
He had published several poetry and short stories in Bengali and Manipuri.
His renowned works includes (short stories) “Chenkhidraba Echel”, “Elisa Amagee Mahao”, “Thawan Michaak Amana Kenkhiba”, “Pairakhidre Cheklado”, “Eina Kenge Kenba Natte” etc.
Kunjamohan’s other works are “Malemgi Mangal” (Biography), “Sovietki Leibakta” (travelogue) and GDR diary, “Sharat-Shandhya” (novel), “Ningsingli Houkhraba Matamdo,” “Chinglon Kaya Lanna,” (Autobiography), translation works includes “Shandhya Thangmeigee Meiree” “Leirang Satlabasu Satrabasu Hallakhini Amuk Torbansida”, “Gora”.
In due cognizance of his outstanding contribution to Manipuri Literature, Kunjamohan was first awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 1974.
The writer is also recipient of a series of awards including 1976 Soviet Land Nehru Award, 2004 Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize and Telem Indubala Award, 2010 Sahitya Ratna (conferred by the Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad), Dr Kamal Kabi Ratna Cash Award (conferred by Manipur Sahitya Parishad), 2012 Shrimat Parama Hansh Jogendra Nandagiri Cash Award, Tagore Literature Award and Sahitya Ratna (conferred by Manipur Sahitya Parisha on May 11, 2014).
Meanwhile, the Sahitya Thoupang Lup has also condole the demise and observed a two minute silence at its office. (Source : Imphal Free Press)