---- Editorial ----
Wake up call for PWD Highway
The death of 14 villagers in a tragic incident at Laptap raises several questions
which need to be answered by the government of Arunachal in particularly PWD and
Disaster Management department. Arunachal has been battered by heavy rainfall and
landslide in the last 15 days. Papum Pare district in particularly Sagalee sub division
and capital complex has been the worst hit. The village where massive landslide took
place leading to the death of 14 people was identified as potential danger zone.
Villagers alleged that representatives of agency engaged in construction of Trans
Arunachal highway had inform them about potential danger of landslide at Laptap.
The question arises why district administration did not take any measures to shift
the villagers. Also why did not the representative of construction agency coordinated
with district administration in this regard. Proper investigation should be done
and those responsible for the loss of innocent lives should be strongly punished.
Also it is being witnessed that monsoon has caused maximum destruction in areas where
Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) is located. This is not just a coincidence and proper
study should be done to understand this phenomena. In all probability it is happening
due to faulty method used for construction of TAH. Especially while carrying out
earth cutting the construction agencies is making serious mistakes. PWD highway should
introspect and try figure out where things went wrong at Laptap. There is no doubt
that, they along with construction agency Sushee Infra will have to be held accountable
for the incident.
---- Readers Forum ----
Norms of neutrality
While condemning the laggard policy of reservation in higher education and jobs,
all sane persons cite the example of cricket which always considers the merit of
the cricketers during selection process instead of blindly giving space to undeserving
players from certain states just because those regions remain unrepresented! Else
the performance of the team is bound to suffer.
But far from drawing inspiration from cricket and vouch for meritocracy in all national
spheres, Ramdas Athavale is shamelessly asking for reservation in cricket team also!
If all things religion, language, race, caste or tribe is scandalously allowed to
call the shots in all aspects of the society by eradicating all norms of neutrality
and national identity; then why don’t fragment India into innumerable parts and make
each region the exclusive domain of people of particular demographic credential only?
Result of our own selfish deeds
For the last few weeks, we've had incessant rainfall causing loss of lives and properties.
We are having to witness people getting evacuated, areas getting sunk. We must understand
that it's not just a course of nature but more or less the result of our own selfish
The encroachment of river banks, the cutting of land thus changing the course of
the river, disposal of garbage into water bodies causing clogs, unsupervised construction
of buildings in landslide prone areas, no drainage system, etc and we can go on and
The Barapani market area is a significant example of encroachment of the river banks
and negligent disposal of garbage and only if sufficient area was left off so that
none of the properties could've been affected when the river would get at its highest
level would have made a whole lot of difference.
All of us have been watching the dreadful condition of the Barapani River loaded
with filth and garbage causing clogs in the flow of the stream and this is also one
of the reasons for sudden current flow and flood like situation.
Coming to the unchecked and unsupervised cutting of land causing the change in the
course of the river is one of the most grave situations there is to be and with further
exploitation in the future without any confrontation or mass awareness programme,
we are sure to face the full wraith of nature.
The Jullang area especially is an important example, the rivers that there once used
to be is now replaced by abodes nestled on land filled foundations.
Construction of qualitative and quantitative drainage system should be assessed and
implied. Our state coming under the tropical region, its citizens must have the awareness
and the preparation already required with what comes for the future and learn from
With loads of funds being released every year, why don't sanction one for waste management
plant and programme and actually use it for the purpose.
Unemployment being a huge setback in our state, setting up of departments for vigilance
and supervision for unsupervised construction, cutting of lands etc would sure pave
way for thousands of unemployed individuals with deserving qualifications.
Advertising awareness of the above cases via media, banners and plays or acts can
also make a difference.
With implementation of the Swachh Bharat, we've seen a huge difference so wonder
what difference would it make in the exploitation of natural sources with a few early
Supervised planning of the state is a necessity to come to par with the other successful
developing states and countries, we still lag miles behind.
A lady has been facing perpetual acid attacks in Uttar Pradesh for seeking justice
against those who allegedly gangraped her in 2008. Indeed, we all got acid on our
faces. Why are we so selective in raising our voices against rape, murder or acid
attacks? Why do we go into slumber after Nirbhaya? How can these criminals pooh-pooh
our justice delivery system? Her nine years wait for justice and four acid attacks
on her in the process portray all of us in a bad light. Justice delayed means no
justice at all.
Through your column, I want to ask the State govt, why they are not honouring Lt.
IRBN Nada Umbing. He sacrificed his life while performing his duty, giving support,
rescuing people from land slide, flood in bad weather.
State government must honour all brave soldiers Lt. Wing Commander M. S Dillon, Lt.
Flight lieutenant PK Singh, Lt. Flight Engineer Sergeant Gujjar and Lt IRBN Ct. Nada
Umbing who laid down their lives for the safety of fellow countrymen.
Nenko Pura Nado
Ban four wheelers
Instead of making no entry in various diversions, whoever is responsible should ban
four wheelers. Let them use public transportation like bus for couple of days to
reduce the traffic. Think smart!
Nung nung Arun Riang
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to draw the attention of Rajiv
Gandhi University towards the grievances of students. Due to delayed declaration
of result and subsequent delay in issue of mark statement, we may not be able to
complete the formalities before the last date of submission of form for session 2017
Therefore, I would like to request the university authorities for the extension of
last date of submission of application form for RGUCET.
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