Cleanliness mess clearly visible at ‘Gadh Hatri’ premises

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2017 10:32:18

By Kirit Joshi,


“WE can no more gain God’s blessings with an unclean body than with an unclean mind. A clean body cannot reside in an unclean city”, a quote on cleanliness by Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi more used as reference and negligibly in practical was clearly visible at the ‘Gadh Hatri’ premises harbouring several prominent State Government offices in Raipur city. The entire premises gives a very unpleasant message and exhibits gross ignorance of moral responsibility among the officials, staff members and visitors with a plaque on the entrance gate of this Gadh Hatri gate seems being adored with four dustbins for public use.

This plaque states in golden coloured words that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated the Chhattisgarhi Moulik Utpad Vikray premises Gadh Hatri in the presence of Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal and Culture Minister Dayaldas Baghel on 15 August 2016.

Apart from the plaque, the maintenance of garden along with wooden and clay artifacts is overlooked and in very shabby condition. Old office furniture, computers, CPUs, keyboards are dumped in the premises and even design depicting Bastariya artworks at different places are in pathetic stage. In the sculpture besides the Gadh Hatri gate, the broken hand of statue showing a person beating the drum is patched-up with paper tape.

Besides being surrounded by Chhattisgarhi cuisine traditional cafeteria ‘Gadh Kaleva’ on one side and Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum as well as Muktakash Manch auditorium on the other side, the Gadh Hatri premises has Tourist Information Center of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, Directorate of Culture and Archeological Department, Film Development Corporation, Vivekananda Prabudh Viswa Sansthan, Chhattisgarh Bahuayami Sanskritik Sansthan and office of South Central Zone Cultural Center of Nagpur. The sales counters of Gau-Dhan Sanrakshan Samvardhan Utpad Vikray Kendra, Sabari Emporium and Sanchalnalaya Sanskriti & Puratatva Kendra are also in the same campus.
These multiple offices which having great significance at the national and international level with visitors, dignitaries and renowned personalities from different art and cultural field frequenting the premises time-to-time returning with heaps of praises for local culture, tradition and historical past of Chhattisgarh. But, the un-cleaned and shabby conditions prevailing in Gadh Hatri will also give a message of strong paper work and feeble practical implementation on cleanliness front.

It is also worth mentioning that Pankaj Modi, younger brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gadh Kaleva and even tasted local dish ‘Chilla’ here on April 8. Important dignitaries visiting the multiple campus which has a great relevance of Chhattisgarh in the past, present and future needs rethinking and social initiative to give a better message of cleanliness in the city and the State.

While talking to this scribe, Director Culture and Archeological Department Ashutosh Mishra informed that it is the joint responsibility of all concerned departments to strictly maintain cleanliness in this large campus. With Tourism Information Center situated in Gadh Hatri premises, it will give a wrong message among the people visiting this office. Letters are being issues to the departments in the campus to share the responsibility of cleanliness. He further said that the departments have also been instructed to make use of the dumped furniture or dispose them off. These furniture can also be offered to orphanage or organizations and even to artists, he added.

The director further said that haphazard parking, throwing waste materials all around the Gadh Kaleva premises and surroundings has become a major nuisance. So after Aakar workshop, a meeting of all concerned department will be convened to sort out several issues. A security person will be engaged to ensure proper parking and dropping of waste materials in dustbins etc, Mishra said.