Architechs of Sikkim conducts ‘Bato Khoju Gangtok’ workshop

Bato Khoju Gangtok

On Saturday, a two-day workshop titled ‘Bato Khoju Gangtok’ was held here. The workshop was held as part of the Architects of Sikkim’s ongoing Gangtok exhibition. The workshop was held with the goal of involving the general public in discussions about Gangtok’s future.

The event drew a large number of participants from various city stakeholders, who discussed and presented the capital’s strengths and aspirations, as well as its problems, according to Upendra Gurung, architect-cum-organizer.

He mentioned traffic congestion, the urgent need for parks for children and senior citizens, clean jhoras, and playgrounds, as well as the city’s strengths, such as good governance, warm hospitality, clean air and water, peaceful, and a city safe for women.

“We believe such consultations are the need of the hour. Involving the public, getting to hear their voices and suggestions is equally important for the betterment of the society. Through consulting the public in this workshop, our aim was to make sure that we are taking concerns from the people involved in diverse services and sectors”, he added.

He went on to say that on the second day of the workshop (Sunday), they will display the problems raised by the participants, and experts from various fields will examine them and come up with solutions to meet the city’s aspirations and strengths through a road map for Gangtok’s future.

The workshop, according to Progressive Learning Foundation director Samuel Khaiba, was more about listening to the participants than it was about the organisers speaking, which is a common scenario in workshops and seminars.

“The participants were divided into small groups where they were given time for discussions, putting forward their opinions and giving a presentation based on it. It was truly an interactive session where the involvement of the participants was highly satisfactory and informative”, he added.

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