Following the decision of ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s family to return the BMW car she was gifted citing poor road condition in Tripura, the State Government has decided to repair the road near her residence.
‘The road near Dipa’s house falls among some others that we have selected for renovation. Work is expected to begin next month,’ Public Works Department Chief Engineer (roads and buildings) Somesh Chandra Das said.
Dipa’s family said last week that they would return the luxury car and accept its value from the organisers of the event to buy a vehicle that is locally available.
‘Roads in Tripura are not good enough to drive such a vehicle. There are no capable drivers in Agartala and the company has no showroom or service centre in the state,’ Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar had said.
As soon as Dipa’s decision made headlines, several state government ministers and Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders blamed the Karmakars for ‘bringing disrepute to the state’ by talking about the condition of roads in Tripura.