Army and district officials during a visit to Morabadi grounds in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
The sound of brass bands may soon liven up Saturday evenings at Morabadi if the Army and the police can seal a deal to provide some wholesome entertainment to the people of Ranchi.
They have agreed in principle and the first such concert is scheduled for August 14 where only bands belonging to Army regiments will perform. Later, if all goes well and the logistics are sorted out, police bands will join the show.
Under the plan that has been discussed so far, three regiments of the Indian Army, Bihar, Mahar and Gorkha of 23rd infantry division which is based in Ranchi, will hold parades and band displays with Jharkhand Armed Police-I (JAP1) of Jharkhand Police at regular intervals.
“This proposal has been discussed and in principle, the Indian Army has agreed. The first such programme will be held on August 14, but that evening only army bands will play,” a senior Gorkha Regiment official told The Telegraph.
It will be an hour-long concert beginning 5pm on Friday and entry is free.
Both the Army and the police seem serious. On Tuesday, Ranchi SP (city) Anoop Birtharay, tourism department MD Sunil Kumar, Colonel S.K. Nehru of the 23rd Infantry Division, and Major Harshvardhan of Gorkha Regiment toured Morabadi grounds.
The idea to hold an army-police parade and band display was the brainchild of officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty.
“The plan was mooted by the chief secretary. A roadmap is being discussed. The idea is to hold a joint parade and band display every Saturday evening. But if that is not possible, such shows can be held once a month,” said DGP Rajeev Kumar, adding that such an initiative would bring the police and army closer to the people.
“It is also about promoting tourism and offering people some healthy and informative sources of entertainment,” he added.
That is why the tourism department has been roped in to be a part of the discussions held over the last two days.
“The tourism department will coordinate the programme, including logistics. Such a show will attract people and tourists. It will also be a source of some healthy entertainment,” said Sunil Kumar.
Another meeting of state government officials, Ranchi district and police administration and army officials has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Sources said that if the people’s response to the programme was encouraging, chances are that the CRPF could be roped in too.
“Indian Army and Jharkhand police have sophisticated weaponry which people don’t know about. All this can be put on display at a later stage. We are all quite excited about the initiative,” added an enthusiastic Birtharay.