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Proposal to make Leh bazaar a vehicle-free zone

By IDL | Friday, September 16, 2011
A broad consensus have been evolved in the meeting at Leh Conference Hall today over the proposal by LAHDC Leh to make Leh bazaar a vehicle-free zone, exclusively for pedestrians, and giving it a facelift on the lines of MG Road in Sikkim. 
The proposal has been developed with the help of Rajesh Pradhan, the town planner from Sikkim who was the key person in revamping the busy MG road to make it a sociable place and space today. He was invited by Shri Rigzin Spalbar, CEC LAHDC Leh earlier to prepare a similar plan for the Leh town. 

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Shri Nawang Rigzin Jora, promised to extend full support in terms of funding this novel initiative taken by the Hill Council to revive and facelift the historical Leh town, and to save it from further degradation from the present chaotic state.  

While appreciating the effort Mr. Jora said, the proposed plan will help revive the heritage value of the Leh town, and hence it becomes imperative that the design should lend a façade having both traditional and contemporary characters. Assuring that the financial support would be provided within next two years he said, the work should set off with the available amount of money with LAHDC Leh. 

On the occasion CEC LAHDC Leh Rigzin Spalbar said, the need for such a proposal arise to save the Leh town from losing its heritage value completely in the wake of present chaotic developments. He said, steps must be taken as soon as possible as time is running out of hand. He sought cooperation from all stakeholders in taking this proposal forward and achieve the aim of making Leh bazaar a traffic free zone and giving it a new look. 

Earlier in his presentation Mr. Pradhan gave two options before the gathering of a large number of representatives from different organisations, civil society organisations and other stakeholders. There was absolute consensus among all those present except for some doubts raised by certain sections such as the Taxi Union who apprehended that they would be shifted in the process of implementation of this project. 
The dignitaries present on the occasion were the Executive Councilors Sonam Dorjey, Gyurmet Dorjey and Dr. Sonam Wangchok, the Counciors of LAHDC, DC, Leh Tsering Angchok and SP, Stanzin Norboo, Army official, district officers, heads and representatives from social, religious and political organizations.

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