1st Dec 2017 10:12:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Remember the uproar which resulted during the Statehood Day celebration 2017, when the makeshift gallery caved in under the weight of rain water and dignitaries had to run helter-skelter to save from getting drenched. It was during this episode that former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki went up to the grand stage which housed among others Home Minister Rajnath Singh. One thing led to another and Mr. Tuki was asked to leave the stage. It was indeed sad to see a former CM being reduced to such a state. Coming to the point, this incident highlights most of all the lack of infrastructure at the Indira Gandhi Park in the state capital which is the venue for all important events.

It is shocking to see that despite its importance, infrastructure facility is next to zero. 

Each year makeshift stages and galleries are hurriedly constructed ahead of big events spending huge amount of money. Hosting crowds in thousands, there is no provision for drinking water, public toilets etc, the essentials one would say.

One cannot understand the logic of keeping this venue out of the purview of development. Why not construct permanent structures to meet the requirements? In the long run won’t it save precious time and money?

Every year during Statehood Day or Independence Day celebration, the rains Gods are more than generous and if not it has to be the sizzling sun. It is safe to say that school children, participants are left standing only because of their willpower.

How about constructing an indoor stadium? Well that is like asking for the moon but can we at least have galleries with overhead roofing.

For the capital residents lack of recreational area despite Itanagar not being a highly urbanized setup is a really issue. This is the very reason why areas such as the Gompa and IG Park in the heart of the capital are frequented by many. All thanks to the industrious monks, the Gompa is probably the only area in Itanagar which is maintained well and the only saving grace for tourists visiting the state.

The Park on the other hand, which is a popular spot for walkers and health conscious citizens is not only lacking in maintenance but has also become a haven for anti social activities.


Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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