Dhemaji district of Assam is located around 440KM from Guwahati which gets cut off from rest of the world by road for three to four months a year, specially during the monsoon. One may have heard about flood in Delhi in 2010 after 1978 or Kushi flood in Bihar some years back. In Dhemaji, flood in rainy days are regular affairs, year after year. Samarajan is a rivulet which does not have any fixed course but always seems to breach both NH52 ( National Highway number 52) and meter gauge railway track to Murkong Selek from Rangiya.
NH52 may be one the world only highway which is under construction for more than 20 years without completion. Around 10 KM distance from Bordoloni to Dhemaji town ( district head quarter) on the NH52 has been under construction for more than 20 years now. Every year, authorities try to repair, and every year it is breached or destroyed by flood. Samrajan is the known culprit for the flood now a days. Earlier it was Jiadhol which was known as ‘Tears of Dhemaji’.
Few Photo which remains same, year after year :-
1. Flood image
This photo has not changed. One can visit Dhemaji any time during rainy season and click this image. It has not changed for last 20 years, unlikely that it will change if you plan to visit next year to Dhemaji.
2. National Highway 52
This is national highway 52, India’s answer to Chinese infrastructure development in Tibet. It is a normal view in Dhemaji district and one may expect it during monsoon. It has not changed for last 20 years.
Few more pictures of NH-52
Some more flood image :
Samarajan, the culprit for the flood, has not been tamed so far.
There was bridge under construction. Before it could be completed, it got washed away as you can see in the picture.
We all can hope, one day the flood will be controlled in Dhemaji and why not ? And NH-52 will be completed and will be motorable throughout the year.
Photo Credit : Pranab Doley of www.pranabdoley.com