Guwahatians blame JICA, say Roads riddled with Potholes

Guwahati, July 6: The locals of Sixmile-Narengi-VIP Road areas are miffed at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for digging up the roads for laying pipes for the water supply projects in Guwahati.

The locals alleged that the big potholes on several spots on the roads have now become a death trap for the commuters.

“For the last one year, this is the condition of the roads. The JICA dug up the roads for laying water pipes. After laying the pipes, they even didn’t bother to repair the roads and left behind such big potholes,” said a local.

A local further said, “During the rainy season, the potholes overflow with water creating more problems for the commuters. Potholes have turned into craters. Incidences of accidents are a regular affair on this road.”

The JICA is a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan. Besides those in Assam, the JICA is engaged in projects in other North Eastern states too.

Update

JICA contacted TIME8 and refuted the allegations of the people by clarifying that it is only the funding agency and not the executing agency for the said Project.

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