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The other side of picnic

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Nov 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Our Correspondent

DIMORIA, Nov 17: Winter heralds picnics in the greater Dimoria area on the outskirts on Guwahati, and what the unruly and inebriated youths of either sex do in the picnic spots now are essentially a harbinger of things to come in the near future.

Dimoria is a place with picnic spots - zirakhat, Tegeria, Mugua, Umsiang etc., along the Assam-Meghalaya border- galore. According to the local people there, what is going on in such picnic spots right now does not augur well for society. Youths of either sex, according to the local people, are so drunk in such picnic spots that they act and behave in manners which they should not. Alcohol, according to the local people, are easily available near such picnic spots. The absence of anyone from the administration in such spots give the unruly youths limitless leeway that, as often as not, is harmful for social atmosphere there.

The local people demand that the administration should keep watch on such picnic-goers, if not regularly, at least on Saturdays and Sundays in every weekend in this season when youths flock the picnic spots in the Dimoria area. The local people further said that unruly and young picnic-goers often disrupt peace in the area by doing things which they are not supposed to do. Quarrels among the youths are seen regularly in such spots.

Guwahati being located at a spot from where a large number of picnic spots can be reached well within a day's outing, there is every reason for the picnic spots in and around the state capital experiencing similar situation. When looked from that view point, it is imperative on the part of the State or the district administration to make the presence of administration largely felt in such spots so as not to let the situation escalate further there.

From the environmental point of view, leaving garbage untreated at the picnic spots by picnic-goers is a common practice in Assam. All such issues should also come under the watch of the administration so that things can be done in a way that is accepted as desired by all and sundry.

The bottom line is that let there be merrymaking amidst picnics but not at the cost of social atmosphere.

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