Port Blair, Sept 04: That narrow footpaths, where even two persons cannot walk at one go, exists in Port Blair Smart City at many wards in Port Blair Municipal area.
The construction of a narrow footpath at Buniyadabad, a middle portion of which is insufficient even for two human bodies to pass through has led to resentment among the residents of the area. Several complaints have been made to the concerned authorities to rectify the situation, but nothing has so far been done in the matter.
A group of residents says that, "The population is growing by time and the uneasiness will also grow in future, if not taken action in time". The residents in the vicinity of the footpath have reasons to feel neglected and uneasy for their grievances having been not met for quite some time now. "We don't know as to what prompted the authorities to construct such a cozy path. The passage in a portion of the path is so narrow that it is difficult for two persons to walk side by side", pointed out some aggrieved residents. "We also wonder as to what would happen in the event of any emergencies when ambulance requires to enter or for that matter fire tenders needing entry into the area for salvage operations in case of fire mishap. It is absolutely not possible for either any ambulance or the fire tender to find their ways through the footpath," said another group.
Peeved by the alleged inaction of the authorities, 58 odd residents of Buniyadabad under Municipal Ward No.8 have written letter to the Lt. Governor with copies to Deputy Commissioner and other concerned officers recently, by pleading about the widening of a footpath in the greater public interest.
When contacted, Junior Engineer (PBMC), AIR Site Office, Shri Rajendran said that, "We are ready to construct the footpath, but we need allotted land to do so. If the revenue authority allot land and direct us, we can definitely do the needful".
Speaking to this correspondent, the Revenue Official of the area Shri Loknath, has informed that 'I have already inspected the area and sent a report to the Tehsildar few days ago after finding the demand of the residents of the area, genuine and needful. However, it is now up to Tehsildar, who will decide and direct what to do further', he said.
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