East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal (in blue cap) speaks to officials at Gopal Maidan on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
East Singhbhum district administration will literally play to the gallery during its Republic Day function at Gopal Maidan in Bistupur.
The district administration has formed a special panel to ensure VIP tents are put up in such a manner that they do not hinder the view of the aam aadmi watching the event from the galleries.
Earlier, the tents, which accommodate VVIPs, senior administrative officials, freedom fighters and their families and participants in the parade, were put up around 25-30 metres from the site of flag hoisting and obstructed the view of people sitting in the galleries.
Following a directive from East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, the decorator has been asked to set up tents close to the flag hoisting spot in a single thin row. This will enable the gallery audience to clear watch the parade and tableaux put up by state departments, companies, NGOs and social outfits.
“The idea is to help audience in galleries see clearly the flag hoisting and the colourful tableaux with social messages,” said East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar.
The move has been welcomed by citizens, who flock to the landmark grounds in large numbers to see the Republic Day function every year.
Jagannath Mohanty, convenor of Singhbhum Zila Swatantra Senani Evam Utradhikari Sangh — an outfit of freedom fighters and descendants — expressed joy over the decision.
“It is certainly a welcome move. As descendents of freedom fighters, we are given seats in the tents, but every year we hear grievances from local residents that they were not able to watch the parade and the tableaux properly from the galleries. The change in tent structures will give them a clear view of the flag hoisting and march past,” said Mohanty.
Shanker Agarwal, a grocery shop owner and resident of Ramdas Bhatta, has been watching the R-Day function for past one decade at Gopal Maidan.
He was all praise for the administration’s initiative. “We are not allowed to enter the grounds due to security concerns. So, we can only watch the proceedings from the galleries. From this year we would be able to watch the deputy commissioner hoisting the Tricolour and the march past clearly,” said Agarwal.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Kaushal, his assistant Ganesh Kumar and additional district magistrate Ajit Shanker also inspected the grounds on Thursday and instructed Jusco to clean up the green lung and ready it for the R-day function.
“With only 48 hours left for the function, Jusco officials were asked to clean up the grounds and put up tents. Jusco officials have assured us of readying Gopal Maidan by January 25, ahead of the Republic Day celebrations,” said Kaushal.
Gopal Maidan has already hosted several exhibitions and functions this January, including Enterprise Jharkhand, Jamshedpur Carnival and Tusu Mela on January 21. The back-to-back events have left the ground in bad shape, which raised concern among district officials.