by NEWSNER , 2021-08-02 09:33:36
A torrential downpour rendered the road leading to Lovlina Borgohain's house in Assam utterly muddy on Friday, only hours after she beat Chinese Taipei's Nien-Chin Chen to win bronze in the women's welterweight division at the Tokyo Olympics and advance to the semi-finals.
In order to support Assam's first Olympic medalist, her family and people of Baromukhia village in Golaghat district now shall have access to a motorable road. The public works department (PWD) is repairing the ‘kutcha (unmetalled) road connecting to the 23-year-old boxer's home in Sarupathar before returning. Thanks to boxer Lovlina Borgohain, her native villagers finally see a road being constructed in their locality.
"This new road would be our gift to Lovlina," said local MLA Biswajit Phukan, adding, "We won't be able to create a real road because of the monsoon," pledging that he would ensure the road was made all-weather. Work has been in full swing on the road.
Lovlina's house is around 3 kilometres from the nearest town, Barpathar. While certain sections of the road are gravelled, about two kilometres of it remains flooded. Workers are currently repairing about 600 metres of the final stretch leading to the boxer's home.
The Sarupathar assembly seat, which includes Baromukhia village, is Assam's largest and has some of the worst roads. According to Phukan, the constituency currently has over 2000 kilometres of dirt roads.
Previously, then-Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal attempted to create a road in the area, but just 100 metres of it could be completed.
According to sources, Lovlina's community lacks a piped water supply and relies solely on water from tubewells and neighbouring ponds. Apart from a small primary healthcare facility, her hamlet lacks a hospital, and people must travel 45 kilometres to receive treatment for a very ill patient.