Tripura govt to repair road near Dipa Karmakar's house

Tripura government has now decided to repair the roads near Rio Olympian Dipa Karmakar’s house after the reports of the gymnast deciding to return her BMW surfaced.

Dipa had cited poor conditions of the roads and maintenance of the vehicle as the reasons behind her decisions. Event organisers in Hyderabad have accepted her decision and offered to pay her the equivalent amount or buy a vehicle that is locally available.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, PWD chief engineer Somesh Chandra Das said that the road near Dipa’s house falls among some others that they have selected for renovation. Work is expected to begin next month.

The news created a political ruckus in the state with opposing parties blaming the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist).

However, justifying Dipa’s concern that in the absence of a BMW service centre in Agartala, it will be very expensive for her to maintain such a posh car, TMC MLA Sudip Roy Barman lauded the gymnast for taking a wise decision. “Now, people are trying to malign her by saying that Dipa has insulted the state by demanding money, which indirectly is trying to shatter her dreams of performing well in the coming challenges,” Barman said.

“We should make a request to all political parties, media and NGOs to stand by her and encourage her for future ventures in sports. It is unfortunate that ministers are trying to politicise this issue by passing comments detrimental to sports in Tripura,” he added.

State CPI(M) secretary Bijan Dhar said in response that the party or the government did not criticise Dipa. But Karmakar’s could have avoided mentioning the road conditions in the state.

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