The cemented badminton court at Shantinagar Ranikhola Walkway Singtam was inaugurated on 30th August 2017 on the occasion of National Sports Day by Shri Somnath Poudyal, Hon’ble Minister and Area MLA 17 Kamdong Singtam Constituency. The function was organised by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti at the Shantinagar Playground. The guests included President SNP Shri Sawan Kr Pradhan, Councillors Smt Rajani Singh, Shri Bhumi Subba, Panchayat President Shri Bimal Lamichanay, RO Shri Manzil Kharel, Shri Mohan Pradhan “Neeraj”, Shri Bijay Pradhan, Shri Nishant Subba, Shri Sarad Lama, Shri B.B.Lopchan, Shri Gupta Subba, Shri Uday Pradhan, Vice principal of Singtam Sr Sec School, students & Staff of Sumin Linchey Sec School and Archigos Preparatory Academy and guests from the media fraternity Shri Nandu Dutraj, Shri Johny Rai and Shri Yougan Tathal.
The program was hosted by Advisor SGSS, Shri T.B.Pradhan, He briefed the audience about the National Sports Day and how sports help us to maintain health and physical fitness. President SGSS Shri Krishna Chettri in his speech welcomed the guests and explained the motive of construction of the court. He also said it was our effort for the betterment of society to keep our youths engaged in sports activities. He went on to thank Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr Pawan Kumar Chamling for his great vision and for providing this Ranikhola walkway to the people of Singtam which has been asset for this town. He also thanked the Area MLA Shri Somnath Poudyal for his immense support and contribution to the society. Two exhibition matches were also played on the day, the highlight being the exhibition match between Hon’ble Minister Shri Somnath Poudyal vs Shri Sawan Kumar Pradhan, President, Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Another exhibition match was played between the team of Shri Lalit Pradhan & Dr J.B.Gurung vs Shri Ajay Rai (SHO, Singtam PS) & Shri Kiran Rai. Special referee for the match was Dr A.H.Khan.
The Chief Guest in his speech lauded the effort of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti for taking this noble initiative and setting an example for others. The Chief Guest was also felicitated by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti for his effort towards the creation of a new ward Shantinagar in Tinek Chisopani, GPU. The audience were also entertained by a dance performance from the students of Archigos Preparatory Academy, Shantinagar. They were also mesmerized by two songs by the students of Sumin Linchey Secondary School. Advisor SGSS, Shri L.N.Pradhan briefed audiences the names of the contributors who helped financially for the construction of the court and thanked them individually. He also thanked all the people associated with it who helped in different ways for this noble cause.
The programme was ended with Vote of Thanks by Shri Dushyant Lama. Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti once again thanks each and every individual associated with the contraction of badminton court that helped and supported us.