Gauhati HC asks official to inspect village divided by railway track


The Gauhati High Court has recently directed the Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon to inspect the area and file a report giving his suggestions on the laying of a railway track over the village road in Salmara Pt-II (Ujanpara).

The PIL has been filed by Ratneshwar Baruah and 43 others having grievance that because of laying of a railway track over the village road in Salmara Pt-II (Ujanpara), the said village has been divided into two parts, namely, Northern part of North Salmara Pt-II (Ujanpara) and Southern part of North Salmara Pt-II (Ujanpara).

The connectivity between the two parts of the said village has been disrupted because of the non-provision of any manned level crossing which has posed a serious threat to the lives of the villagers, especially children and the elderly and cattle.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhuliya and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak while considering the importance of the matter, which relates to the safety and welfare of many inhabitants near a railway level crossing for several years directed the Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon to inspect the area and file a report before the High Court giving his suggestions.

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“Registry shall supply a copy of the entire writ petition free of cost to the Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon along with the counter-affidavit of the Railway authorities in order to facilitate the enquiry. Let the enquiry be completed within three weeks. List after four weeks," the order reads.