Youth must stay away from agitations while building a strong work culture: CM

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Foundation for new flyover laid in Guwahati

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Dec 8: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal flayed the agitating groups and said, “You (protestors) can’t change the future of Assam through the protest”.

“You (agitators) should try to learn lessons from the previous movements, agitations. Without work culture, no community can show their superiority at the world stage. Ethnic selfishness is not protected by staging agitation on the streets,” Sonowal said after laying the foundation for 1400 meter long T-shaped double-lane flyover on the Guwahati-Shillong (GS) Road on Sunday.

Sonowal said the young generation of the state must endeavour to put Assam strongly at the world stage with hard work, dedication, honesty and sincerity and they must not while away the most productive time of their lives in movements and agitations.

“Building a robust work culture in the state should be the prime objective of everyone and youth must not be misled to join agitations based on concocted and baseless grounds,” Sonowal said.

Assuring the people that the state government would not do anything to jeopardise the identity of the Assamese race, Sonowal urged the youth to follow the motto of ‘work is worship and duty is god’ and devote their time and energy in achieving excellence in all fields as the world has become very competitive.

“Positive change in the society would not come through agitations and movements but it would come through hard work and dedication as demonstrated by the state government in the last three and half years,” the chief minister said.

“No work done by our government which is against the Assamese community and will not in future. Our government is working from the beginning to protect the Assamese people and the people of Assam witnessed it,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma challenged the agitating organisations to protest against those who encroach the lands of various religious places of the state, involved in various crimes.

“Will we stage protest against the 5 lakh people who came into Assam by taking shelter as threats upon their lives or will stage protest against those people who raped our sisters, encroached our religious places lands. The people of Assam will have to decide it,” Sarma said.

Sarma asserted that after a long time Assam was going through one of the sustained periods of peace and development and some forces inimical to the state’s interest were trying to create rifts between different communities and stall the development initiatives of the government.

Sarma urged the people not to allow these forces to succeed as Assam witnessed lots of agitations and movements in the last 40-50 years which kept the state underdeveloped. The new fly over will connect Dispur to Khanapara and Supermarket to Last Gate in the city. The total project cost of the flyover is Rs 127.20 crore and it is scheduled to be completed within 36 months.

The longest flyover in the city will start in front of the Janata Bhawan at Dispur and end at the Down Town police point. On the other hand, the right-side bifurcation will start from the Dispur Supermarket junction to terminate before the traffic roundabout (Golchakkar) at Last Gate.

Sarma who is also holding the charge of PWD, informed that efforts would be made to complete the flyover within two years, much before its schedule completion in three years. Development works such as construction of medical colleges in Nalbari, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon etc were going on rapidly while new flyovers would also come up in Maligaon, in the stretch between Rangia-Guwahati, Tezpur, Baihata Chariali etc, he informed. Elevated flyover at the river bank of Brahmaputra in the city was also being mooted while the Rope Way project between Guwahati and North Guwahati over Brahmaputra was nearing completion, he stated.

Guwahati development minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Dispur MLA Atul Bora also spoke at the programme which was attended by commissioner and secretary of PWD Rajesh Kemprai and several other dignitaries.

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