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Middle Chongrang model village lying unused for 20 years

Friday, Sep 25, 2020 11:15 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Sep 25, 2020 05:19 [IST]

Middle Chongrang model village lying unused for 20 years

KUSH HANG LEEWANG
GEYZING: A model rural village set up at Middle Chongrang under Yuksam-Tashiding constituency, west district is lying uninhabited and crying for maintenance.
The cluster comprising 25 houses was constructed two decades ago by the erstwhile SDF government to rehabilitate the landless and homeless people of ArithangChongrangGPU. The State government had allotted the houses to 25 homeless families of the GPU but owing to some reasons, the model houses constructed are lying empty and in a sorry condition.
The houses constructed in close proximity are facing threats of complete disintegration due to lack of maintenance and damages caused by natural forces. Locals maintained that the public infrastructure established by spending huge amount of money from the State exchequer is lying useless and completely ignored. They opined that the infrastructure could be utilized in other public welfare works after necessary renovation. They expressed that the infrastructure set up for the public welfare has failed to fulfil the objectives andthe project has turned out to be a complete waste of money and the failure of the mission to give shelter to the homeless people.
It was informed that the houses have become some sort of living den for stray dogs and some other wild animals. The roofs of the houses have started to rust and the walls falling apart in the need of maintenance and proper upkeep. The infrastructure covered and surrounded by thick weeds and grass reflects that it needs urgent renovation to prevent further deterioration.
A local, DevenKaushik said since several years the houses have been lying vacant and without care. He maintained that the infrastructure established with the motive of serving the needy still could be maintained and put to good use for other public welfare purposes.
“The public property that is falling apart due to ignorance and lack of maintenance could be renovated for other innovative public welfare initiatives. The infrastructure can be revamped and utilize for other useful purposes. Leaving the public infrastructure to rot or decay gradually will result in complete waste of money and loss of public property,” he said.
The locals have appealed the State government to come up with a constructive plan to make sure that the infrastructure set up two decades ago in public interest does not go futile and wasted. They want that the State to initiate any kind of developmental project to ensure the proper utilization of the infrastructure lying ignored and unattended.

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