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TURA | OCT 19, 2019:

The traders and residents of Phulbari in response to their demand for construction and repair of the AMPT roads have decided to shut down all the shops and movements in the area as a form of protest against the non initiation to repair roads by the authorities on the said section.

The decision to shut shop in the wake of complaints and demands seeking the immediate restart of work for the development of the more than 8 kms of road between the two places which has been in an unbelievable state of dilapidation for close to 7 years now.

“We are all aggrieved by the state of the road between Chibinang and Phulbari and will support the shut down call of the traders on the matter. It is extremely disheartening to see that no one wants to care for our well being anymore. We condemn the inaction,” said GSU president of Phulbari, Francewell Marak.

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The NGO had earlier gone on print to demand the immediate start of repair work on the section to ease the pains of locals of the area.

The traders said the decision to shut shop was due to the extremely poor infrastructure which was not only hampering travelling on the road but was also unhealthy due to the extent of dust pollution.

A normal journey of 8 kms between the two places takes close to an hour to undertake and has seen many vehicles get stuck on the road due to the numerous potholes and craters on the road.

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The anger of residents of the area also fuels from the fact that it is only this section of the road that is yet to be worked on.

Sources stated that money had already been sanctioned and as such repair work needed to be undertaken on a war footing.

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