LADAKH AFFAIRS NEWS & NOTES
Spalbar Gets Experts from Sikkim to Plan Leh Town
n a significant move to carve out an integrated and holistic town planning for beautification of Leh town, the Chief Executive Councilor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council Leh Mr. Rigzin Spalbar has invited the town planners of Sikkim in Leh to share their experiences with the public representatives, religious leaders, government officials and the representatives of various nongovernmental organizations working in different fields in Leh District. In this connection on July 9, in the jam-packed Conference hall Leh, Mr. Rajesh Pradhan, the Town Planner of Sikkim gave a power point presentation on the beautification project of Gangtok city whose condition five years back was as similar as of today's Leh town. Pradhan said that Leh has comparatively vast potential for beautification as Leh is situated on a flat surface having much possibility of expansion of road and streets besides having traditional touch to many of its building. Welcoming the guests from Sikkim and the participants, the Chief Executive Councilor said that LAHDC in the larger interest of Ladakh is intent to bring out a futuristic town planning for beautification of Leh city having every facility of modernity in terms of sewerage, drainage, road, parking and other pedestrian need, and therefore, evolving of consensus from all stakeholders and their cooperation is very much needed to carry forward the project in letter and spirit. Mr. Spalbar said that Leh now become as a destination of world attraction on tourism point of view and in such a circumstances, need of giving a face-lift maintaining the
traditional looks to Leh city is assumes very crucial to make an impact on the visiting tourists about the living traditions and characteristic values of Ladakh. CEC said that positive transformation in the development of the area must go on along with the fast changing scenario so that our posterity may not blame upon the mind-set of the
Complimenting the initiatives of Chief Executive Councilor, all the stakeholders assured to extend their fullest supports with the LAHDC in implementing the beautification project of Leh town. They welcomed for inviting town planners from Sikkim saying that both Sikkim and Ladakh shares a great affinity in art, culture and traditions. present generation for the lapses. Spalbar cautioned not to tolerate the interference of those societies or individuals who resort to criticize upon the implementation of beautification work of Leh town and instead they should contribute in the development of Leh town. Complimenting the initiatives of Chief Executive Councilor, all the stakeholders assured to extend their fullest supports with the LAHDC in implementing the beautification project of Leh town. They welcomed for inviting town planners from Sikkim saying that both Sikkim and Ladakh shares a great affinity in art, culture and traditions.
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Earlier the CEC along with the Sikkim Town Planner, Rajesh Pradhan, Executive Councilor Agriculture, Sonam Dorjey, Executive Councilor Tourism Gyurmet Dorjey representatives from various religious and social organizations, NGOs, Govt. officers, engineers and residents of Leh old town conducted a heritage walk in Leh town and assessed the possible initiatives and measures for beautification of Leh town. Passing through each streets of Leh old town, CEC emphasized upon the residents to take responsibility to keep their area neat and clean. In a desperate attempt to keep the heritage zone of old Leh town neat and clean, a massive cleanliness drive led by the Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Mr. Rigzin Spalbar was carried out on July 13. Initiated by the Municipal Committee, Leh, the drive was participated by the people of different hamlets of old Leh town like Skyanos, Gogsoom, Stalam, StagoFilok and Kharyok. Addressing the huge gathering of residents of Leh old town at the foot of historical Leh palace, Mr. Spalbar said that Leh is the face of Ladakh, thereby dirty and filthy looks of heritage zone of Leh where large number of foreign tourists are visiting, could label a bad impression on the image of Ladakh. He urged the locals to keep their locality clean by taking individual responsibility and adding that it would not only provide them a hygienic environment for better health but also help to safeguard the civilized outlook of Ladakhis. He strongly urged the people to make it compulsory to have toilets and
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