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INLCC at Kyongsa cries for use, upkeep

Monday, Feb 24, 2020 12:00 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Feb 24, 2020 06:08 [IST]

INLCC at Kyongsa cries for use, upkeep

KUSH HANG LEEWANG
GEYZING: The condition of Indian Nepali Literary and Cultural Centre (INLCC) at Kyongsa near district town Geyzing, built at a cost of several crores, is degrading every passing day with most facilities rusting due to lack of care and proper utilisation.
The INLCC established by the previous SDF government through the State Cultural Affairs and Heritage department, lies in an isolated place below Kyongsa sport ground and lying in a shambles.
Only on few occasion such as Bhanu Jayanti and other literary functions, the centre gets its due importance. The centre remains open throughout the year but lacks utilizations as others community centres located in close proximity to district town are preferred for literary and other public functions over INLCC.
INLCC, a public infrastructure established with an aim to cater to the literary aspirations and needs of the people of the State is gradually turning into an isolated, discarded and almost forgotten public infrastructure. 
The centre which houses a museum, conference hall, statue of Nepali litterateur  Bhanu Bhakta Acharya and other facilities are almost non-functional.
Locals opined that in order to restore the dignity and value of the centre, literary organizations of West Sikkim must come forward and all the literary functions should be organized at INLCC to preserve it.
“It is sad to see the cultural-literary infrastructure constructed at a massive cost lacking proper utilization. INLCC is a public asset and preserving it is our responsibility. It is a loss of public money,” said a local.
A writer from Geyzing added that the literary organizations and associations should come together for preserving the importance of the centre and also to protect the centre from falling in risk of complete deterioration. “Why can't we host all the literary activities at INLCC instead of organizing such functions at some other places? The centre must be made functional so that it can serve the interests of the people a better way, said the writer.
The condition of the statue constructed outside the INLC centre is also in the verge of dilapidation as it is exposed to nature and needs maintenance. Rain water leakage has disfigured the walls of the meditation hall constructed at the ground floor of the statue.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi