From Our Reporter
SHILLLONG, July 1: A strong heated debate was observed on Friday during a joint inspection between members of the Shillong Recreation Ground Trust (SRGT) and members of the Shillong Sports Association (SSA) over the total closure of the main gate at Polo ground (facing the CRPF camp) by the SRGT.
Speaking to newsmen after the inspection, Bindo M Lanong president SSA said, “The closure of this gate has obstructed many sports lovers. We are here to develop the sport but they (SRGT) are out to simply barricade us.”
“Where has Trust been all these years many people don’t know anything about them even our own players and members of the SSA also does not know anything about them,” he said adding that member of the SSA are working for the development of the sport without any income of profit, however Trust are not developing sports and instead are interested in something else.
Lanong said that the SSA will continue to serve the young people and sports lovers from Khasi and Jaintia hills in Meghalaya and for the interest of the people.
He informed that there will be more meeting scheduled with the SRGT and state government to discuss on the issue.
He also questioned on what kind of developmental activities has SRGT brought in the field of sports.
“In the past individuals and sport lovers can enter here freely without any hassle and to put up a gate and say that there is a law and order situation in the area is baseless,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking to Danny Pariat SRGT secretary, said “This gate has been here for the past several years but we never use to close it. However when I took over in 2013 there were request made by several people from different localities in the area and from the police that many would use the place for drinking and later create nuisance that’s when we started controlling the entry of people into the area via the gate.”
He said a few months before he took over at SRGT they even found that someone was murdered in the area.
“But once we controlled the entry into the area the police have confirmed that the crime rates has gone down to zero,” he said.