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Row over construction of police office in Dharamshala

Statesman News Service | Dharamshala |

The construction of office of Inspector General of Police adjacent to decades old Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose ground, popularly known as police ground, at Dharamshala has kicked off a row.

Various organisations including Jan Chetna organization, the Beopar Mandals and senior citizens have joined hands to demand stalling of the construction, which is going on for past few months.

“There are many other places, where the IG Bhavan could have come up. However, the police officials selected this area very close to the ground, which has ruined the basketball court made by the sports department,” lamented the locals.

The ground was constructed before 1968 and has a historic importance and was made by the voluntary service of public.

“We have approached the Chief Minister, the Governor and the local ministers a number of times, but the construction has not stopped yet,” said a resident, Vikram Choudhary.

Expressing their anger the public rued, that the only left space in the city which is being used by children, senior citizens and other people for various purposes is being destroyed owing to the construction.

“The ground was being used by the public for holding various activities that include sports tournaments, fairs, star nights and other cultural and political programmes. Such constructions will eventually ruin this whole ground,” said the protesters.

The protesters accuse the authorities concerned for remaining indifferent towards ocal sentiments.

The ground is located at the midst of various educational institutions and the protesters claimed that all the major places located at the heart of the city have been taken in possession by the police administration.

The Police claims that the land belongs to the police department where the construction work is going on.