It was quite a strange thing that the foundation stone laid by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi no longer stands on the place of its installation. Enraged with this disappearance, the party has sought the return of the rare plaque bearing the name of Sonia Gandhi; otherwise; a protest on their part is sure to come up.
It was laid on June 28, 2010, and disappeared from Dhundhi site a decade later. Most of the time, the settings are imperilled by expansion in the course of road widening, and everything gets integrated, if hesitantly, into the prior outline. The foundation stone would have been lost after the opening of Atal Tunnel during the beautification scheme. As it was at that time, we came to know that Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the Rohtang tunnel, which was renamed Atal Tunnel.
The opportunity, to fight, is often too overwhelming—a battle that almost either stops in setback or reversal. Thankfully, there are a few political stalwarts who endorse the herculean task of standing up to the option, channelling their rage and frustration into practical action: an unpleasant reaction to the repressing policies of state-sponsored re-development.
Urban expansion gets its proof amid the disappearance of the foundation stone. It could be no doubt a sign of absurd politics in the name of development; thereby leading to a constant squabble between the Congress party and the ruling party. In the year of 2010, Sonia Gandhi shaded the tunnel on Rohtang side with a few inscriptions so true to its moment that it almost reads as a reportage. In it, the eponymous of tunnel building is seen standing solitary in a space, cast in shadows by the road of the finished tunnel turn. The scene was typical at present, where some examples of Congress party’s early days can still not be seen today.
Note: A day after the Congress threatened to launch a statewide stir against the removal Sonia Gandhi’s plaque, the BRO (Border Roads Organisation) said that the foundation stone was in their custody and safe.