Tura, Oct 22: The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) located on the outskirts of Tura in West Garo Hills had been targeted by vandals after most of the solar panels and lights, including the motors were stolen from the site prompting many to question the civility of those behind the theft.
The matter was brought to light through a social media post by one user who posted photos of the wrecked poles that held the solar lights and the missing motors.
“This is a matter of huge concern as these are public properties and amenities meant for all. The fact that these have been vandalized this way is pathetic. The solar lights erected and installed in the ISBT compound are being stolen. What remains is the partially corroded skeletal metal post along with its disconnected dangling wires,” said the post owner, SA Sangma.
The ISBT has been set up at Chasingre about 8 kms from Tura and is yet to be inaugurated. The place provides a picturesque view of the nearby peaks and is one of the more frequented places by locals. The distance from the town as well as its isolated location has given many miscreants an opportunity to make the place a drinking hub as well as a litter bin.
Following reports of littering, the administration has sought to seek the assistance of locals in maintenance of the area though there still remains scope to better the environment around the locale.
“The over grown bushes and poor maintenance has given a dull appearance to its beauty. It is in need of attention and strict vigilance from the concerned authority in order to save the ISBT assets/properties from being stolen and destroyed.
The concern was seconded by many others from the town who sought a more proactive stance in ensuring the property was not further damaged.
“This does not show us in good light at all. Public amenities are meant for all and the work of these vandals is in very bad taste. More has to be done and everyone, including those involved in the vandalism are responsible,” added another resident from Tura, AM Marak.