|file photo: The stretch of rocky terrain in Sumthrang |
disturbed in 2013. If not Sumthrang temple, in hands of PNP
it must have been met with a greater damage.
1. PNP have said the same line to the locals during that attempt. The officials then had said: "if it were to protect the nyes around sumthrang no one shall be allowed to extract any stone from any where, even from the private lands." This has implanted fear in the minds of illiterate villagers making them join their lot.
2.HRH's kasho never says that no extraction shall be allowed from within the Sumthrang, But restricts allowing to extract without proper assessment༼རང་དགར་བཏོན་མི་ཆོག༽ since sumthrang is surrounded by sites and stones of cultural importance. For instance, when the Pangkhar-Shingkhar road was constructed, project wanted to take the road from above the za yungdrung: the rocky terrain that resembled like swastika. Yet, because of this kasho, the project consulted with sumthrang temple and worked a wonderful way out by protecting the za yungrung and the cliff that lie above which have khandroi dhayigs on it. Now the road run below the za yungdrung, whith out having to disturb the cultural site and not having to stop the road.
The park should be promoting conservation but It has been as far as I know promoting destruction of anything of such kind, atleast around Sumthrang, while the park came down hardly on sumthrang Chojey for using his garden walls for construction of a temple toilet in 2014.
I pity the donors of PNP if any, because I am wondering if the funds provided to are actually going to the right objective because the management is considerably weak and corrupt in terms of conservation efforts in this sense.
I still can not stop wondering why PNP make this very person dpractice destruction of sites of cultural and natural importance whiley they put camera traps to nap others or summon and harras those farmers who do tilling in their fields with no impact on anything. Well I would like to make it clear that if park manages its job like this, even if I were that same person, I would have taken the advantage. Therefore, the person is not to be blamed, it is the corrupt management practice of the park that needs to be weeded.