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Everyone should cooperate
The public hearing for much awaited Itanagar-Banderdewa 4 lane highway project started
on Thursday. Many structures which come under Right Of Way (ROW) will have to be
removed to pave way for construction work to start. State government as well as Ministry
of Road, Transport and Highway have already made it clear that not a single penny
will be paid to those building which falls under ROW. While majority of capital denizens
support the highway project, few especially the people whose building falls under
ROW is creating unnecessary trouble.
But it is also heartening to know that prominent public figures like former MLA Kipa
Babu voluntarily came out asking capital administration to start eviction process
by first dismantling his building structure. If leaders show the way, others will
definitely follow the lead. Every citizens of capital should voluntarily dismantle
the building that falls under ROW as it will make things easier for the administration.
Itanagar-Banderdewa 4 lane highway is a dream project of every Arunachalees. The
pathetic condition of capital road is matter of deep embarrassment for the denizens.
After waiting for so many years, government of India has finally agreed to fund the
said project. Now it is duty of every citizens of capital to wholeheartedly extend
support to capital administration so that work for 4 lane highway starts at the earliest.
Just cribbing about bad road and traffic jam will not solve the problem. Citizens
can play their part by extending cooperation towards construction of Itanagar-Banderdewa
4 lane highway.
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Sacred thread of VIPs
This is in response to your editorial, "More need to be done to abolish VIP culture"
(April 21). The Union Cabinet's decision to remove red beacons from the vehicles
of all functionaries of the Centre and the States, other than emergency vehicles,
is welcome. After Delhi and Punjab, the whole India is to discard the culture of
public showing of sacred thread of VIPs. But this should not just be limited to symbolism.
While VIPs still enjoy free housing, electricity, phones, travel and medical treatment;
people in general have been kept as far away from the ambit of welfare as that of
131st position in Human Development Index. It is time to discard such VIP centric
welfare. The departure of red beacon culture needs to usher in a paradigm shift in
focus to orient India's economic development only for human development of our people.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Alcoholism derailed countless households
When highway drivers shake it could lead to serious accidents. But, if the head of
a household shakes the whole family could be derailed. Usually, this “shaking” happens
when one drinks a few “extra pegs”. These extra pegs, which are irresistible to many,
might gradually bind both feet and mind. That means, he can’t steadily walk further
on the road to progress, and he is more likely to become a slave to the drink. Obsessed
with the thought of the drink might result in that state of mind that the boozer’s
wheels of creativity and innovation go downhill.
True, the root causes of the highway’s fatalities have finally been identified, though
after too long. And, the situation has now forced the honorable Supreme Court to
order for the ban on the liquor selling near the roadsides. Indeed, a much awaited
But who will notice the derailment of lakhs and lakhs of families due to “excessive”
drinking by their breadwinners? In the society, we have noticed innumerable households
shattered due to alcoholic fathers/husbands. Whether one agrees or not, the consumption
of the alcohol is directly proportional to its availability. Now, with the relaxation
of the “distance” in the urban areas, the wine stores, which were shut until a few
weeks ago, have again begun to strut their stuff. People are seen thronging the local
liquor shops, now they need not walk too far to fetch their bottles of wine. No wonder,
if one who is thoughtfully heading towards a temple or church or masjid to offer
their prayers might get tempted to walk into the restaurant/wine shops located within
a few meters. Please note, the temptation never takes refuge in penance.
Many schools and colleges children have learnt much about the drinking fun through
Youtub. Though discreetly, they are already into the drinking habit. Of course, it
is the environment that impacts one attitudes, behaviors and conduct. We can’t expect
our youths to be sober when the government adore our cityscape with liquor shops
and restaurants. Is it not disgusting that the government itself is contributing
to increase the temptation of the public to have more booze, more easily so the society
will fast totter into the pit of decadence?
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