As Ranchi celebrates I-Day at Morabadi grounds with pomp and pageantry, Param Vir Shaheed Abdul Hameed Chowk, popularly known as Kantatoli Chowk, illustrates how war heroes are forgotten.
On Wednesday, when The Telegraph visited the Chowk, built in memory of 1965 Indo-Pak war hero Abdul Hameed, it found garbage littered around. Not just this, betel stains were splattered on the roundabout around the memorial.
A traffic police signboard, leaning against the memorial, creates a makeshift kennel for street dogs. For human beings, too, this is a good place to wait. The memorial is also an illegally halt for auto drivers.
Most people, when asked, had little knowledge of the memorial’s significance. “Likha hai ki kisi param veer ka hai. Kaun hai, mereko pata nahin. (It is about some braveheart. Don’t know who),” said one Sunil Kumar, found spitting on the roundabout.
Ranchi Municipal Corporation CEO Dipankar Panda said illegal parking and heavy traffic were major deterrents to the memorial’s maintenance. “We gave the maintenance job to Union Bank of India but they surrendered,” he said.