Gairsain as State Capital- schism between Govt claims & public opinion
Sunday, 25 March 2018 | PNS | Gairsain-
The Uttarakhand government and Bharatiya Janata Party are leaving no opportunity to term the ensuing budget session of Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha– located amidst the picturesque mountains of Garhwal at an elevation of more than 7000 feet at Bharadisain village — as historic and one of its major achievement in stark contrast to the evident schism between these lofty claims and belief of local population.
Expressions ranging from disillusionment to anger are clearly visible when one enters into conversation with simple yet enlightened rural folks living in the hamlets around Bharadisain and Gairsain. Their anger is understandable as they are still struggling to get the basic facilities like health and education. Meherban Singh of Kheti village situated near Bharadisain was acrid when asked about the benefit the area would have due to the budget session being held at Bharadisain. “It is nothing but a gimmick. Look at the manner in which the money is being spent in making arrangements. This money would have been better utilised had it been used in development of the area. We are in favour of capital here but at the same time the area should be developed in a planned manner,’’ he said. His sentiments were echoed by Mahesh Lal of nearby village Adibadri and he blamed both Congress and BJP for doing nothing and paying only lip service to the cause of Gairsain. He said that these parties have ruled the state for the past 18 years but have done nothing for development of mountainous region. The demand of Gairsain as capital of Uttarakhand is associated with the statehood movement. At the time of creation of the state Gairsain should have been declared the capital of the state. The entire area would have got necessary infrastructural and other facilities by now. The block Pramukh of Gairsain, Sumitra Bisht said that the local population is facing problem from the huge administrative and police deployment.
Diwalikhal, sitting in the lap of dense Oak forests and lofty mountains is located four kilometres away from the Bharadisain assembly building. A college student from this picturesque village, Mukul Negi said that the government should take a decision on Gairsain soon. “At least the place should be declared as summer capital as it will help in opening educational institutes, hospitals and other facilities. The nearest degree college is 14 kilometres from here,’’ he said.
Grocery shop owner Rakesh Panwar said that with Gairsain as the capital looking like a distant dream, the government should first carve out Gairsain district for expediting developmental activity in the area. The demand for Gairsain district is very strong in the area and most of the people questioned by this correspondent supported the demand as a positive step in the direction of capital declaration.
Surendra Singh of Chandpur Garhi located between Adibadri and Gairsain said that the place deserved to be the capital of the state as it is centrally located. History is associated with this place, Chandpur Garhi was the place where the first ruler of Garhwal set up his capital, he added.
Sarla Negi of Parvadi village where the assembly building is located said, “We have given our lands for the assembly building but in return we have got nothing. In absence of a road we have to walk for about four kilometres. In support of the demand for the road the villagers even blocked the road to the assembly building on Wednesday.”
When asked about the intention of state government on Gairsain, the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told journalists at Kaleshwar near Karnprayag on Saturday, that the issue of capital at Gairsain is associated with emotions of the people of the state. He however emphasised that the practical aspects of the issue should be considered. The state government is focusing on development of the area, he added.
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