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Secretariat road still open for public movement

india Updated: Nov 08, 2009 19:59 IST
Vikram Sharma
Vikram Sharma
Hindustan Times
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In two militancy-infested decades, probably for the first time the road in front of the Civil Secretariat is still open a day before the opening of the office in the winter capital for public transportation.

This may be seen as changing times in state facing the ushering of the new era of peace and tranquility returning back, but some riders still effecting this change are confusing yet.

As reported earlier too that despite no extra threat foreseen, the Civil Secretariat has been given a facelift by putting up barbed wires on the walls of it with state administration and law forcing agency presenting ignorance over the change, the public given free access on the other hand to move unobstructed in front of the Secretariat till Sunday, a day before of opening of Move offices here, is another astonishing aspect on which again the both agencies are ignorant.

“It may be due to the work of metaling the roads going on war-footing in the entire city that the area in front of the Secretariat is still not obstructed for the public movement,” informed a high official in the state administration denying the possibility of the ‘changing times’ immediately affecting.

He said that since there is no direct threat to the security aspect of the state, putting up barbed wires on the Secretariat wall can be assumed as vice versa to the consideration of the changing times as such act had been not alleged to have been done in the past history of two decades of militancy in the state. He however requested anonymity.

His elucidations were seconded by Pritam Singh, 54 a resident of Exchange road and a daily frequenter to Parade Shiv Mandir who mocked at the idea of the changing times and said, “Because CM and his coterie could move on clean and metalled roads only, the work apace on the roads here have left couple of days’ choice with the people to take services of the open stretch.”

Pritam Singh has to recourse his journey every six month for a longer route for his obeisance at Shiva Temple in the wake of Durbar Move for which he mocked over consideration of ‘changing times’.

The fact however remains that the road is still open till late night Sunday with iron barricades put up in place, and no restriction on public movement.

“If it remains as such for Monday, November 9 and thereafter also, the change would be for good as being considered,” said Pritam Singh.

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