The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Saturday tendered an apology to the individuals of Arunachal Pradesh for renaming Kimin as ‘Bilgarh’ in Assam, and for overlaying Arunachal’s title with white paste throughout Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to Kimin to inaugurate roads.
The BRO mentioned that what it had executed was an inadvertent and unintended mistake, with no intention of hurting anybody’s sentiment.
Addressing a press briefing, Additional Director General of Border Roads (ADGBR-East) PK Singh mentioned, “With folded hands, I seek an apology from the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Whatever mistake we made was purely unintended and inadvertent. We have no intention to hurt the sentiment of the state.”
PK Singh known as it “an inadvertent mistake” that was triggered due to the stress of organising the inauguration occasion in a short while.
“The unfortunate incident was nothing more than an inadvertent mistake which happened under the pressure of organising the event while racing against time. The BRO in no way had even an iota of malafide intention of hurting the sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. It should be taken as an unconditional apology, due to the emotive connect that the BRO has with the people of the state,” Singh mentioned.
INAUGURATION SITE HAD TO BE MOVED AT LAST MINUTE
Singh disclosed that the occasion was initially deliberate from Huri in Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh, however had to be shifted to the plains due to prevailing monsoon circumstances.
“The e-inauguration site was chosen due to administrative reasons to facilitate the smooth organisation of the event. The chosen site also had a helipad and a covered shed to cater for any eventuality due to rains, as had been forecasted,” PK Singh said.
PK Singh added that in his go to on 15 June, he had unintentionally really useful that two signboards one on the helipad and one on the primary entrance of the ITBP campus be made impartial to keep away from any controversy on the day of the inauguration.
“DGP, Arunachal Pradesh, on being reported about the boards, approached the ADG (East) and apprised him of the sensitivity and sentiments of the local populace, did not agree to the proposal, and asked not to change any existing signages” he added.
He claimed that appearing on the recommendation, “the status quo was ensured immediately on the same day on 15 June,” two days earlier than the inauguration.
“We did not intend to hurt the sentiments of our beloved brothers and sisters of Arunachal Pradesh in any way. Any action, whatsoever happened, was completely unintended,” the ADGBR (East) said.
BRO ADG TAKES RESPONSIBILITY
The BRO ADG took sole duty for the incident and mentioned that there was no path from the Centre or the state to rename Kimin as ‘Bilgarh’ in Assam. He, nonetheless, added that “Google maps on particular site is quite confusing.”
PK Singh, nonetheless, affirmed BRO’s resolve and dedication to undertake infrastructural growth works within the state.
“One-sixth of the total allocated budget of the BRO is a testimony of our love, commitment and our resolve to undertake the infrastructural development in the state at an unprecedented pace,” he mentioned.
The BRO second-in-command added, “Approximately 300 karamyogis of the BRO have given their lives in the last 10 years itself for infrastructure development of the strategic border state.”