TURA, Jan 07: The movement of coal trucks from West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills through the National Highway – 62 has raised the question of parking bays on the highway even as normal traffic remains choked.
The matter was brought up by the NGOs of the Dainadubi region who have now sought parking bays to ease the congestion on the road as well as to ensure smooth movement of traffic.
“Thousands of trucks are currently using the NH - 62 for movement of coal onwards to Assam. These trucks, if they are unable to cross the border park themselves by the side of the road, reducing the already narrow road and causing bottlenecks. This problem needs to be looked into at the earliest to ensure residents are not affected,” said Sutin Marak, an NGO member.
“The highway is very vulnerable to accidents and many people have lost their lives while commuting through. With trucks lined up all along the road, the situation has become extremely dangerous now. As concerned citizens, we seek the administration to look into the matter and set up parking bays for these trucks so that the chances of accidents can be minimized,” added FKJGP president of the area, Bikram Marak.
Another concern for the NGOs is the litter left around by trucks drivers and helpers.
“With there being no public toilets by the side of the road, the drivers have been using places near the road to relieve themselves. This has been creating a stench and is also unhygienic. Moreover they also cook on the road and leave the rubbish there. This matter needs to be looked into immediately,” added Bikram.
The NGO further added they would meet with the deputy commissioner of North Garo Hills on the matter and seek an early resolution to the problems being faced due to a congestion on the road.