Bamboo bridge coming up over Mantam Lake to re-link 11 villages of Upper Dzongu

The bamboo bridge being installed over Mantam Lake.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

GANGTOK: The north district administration is setting up a 140 m long bamboo bridge across the Mantam lake to restore connectivity for the 11 isolated villages in Upper Dzongu.
The construction will be completed by the end of the week and connectivity will be temporarily restored, said the north district administration in a press statement today.
Presently, villagers from Tingvong and Sakyong-Pentong GPUs located on the other side of the lake are taking a physically draining and risky route to cross the lake. Heavy sedimentation of the lake after the monsoon along with strong currents had restricted the use of the three boats deputed to ferry the villagers. The motorized rafts were unable to operate in the lake due to heavy sedimentation while the oar boat was risky considering the high current of the lake.
Due to this, villagers from the two GPUs had to trek across the forest and then drop down a steep incline directly above the lake with support of a rope for reaching the boat. In the return journey, they were climbing the steep incline and then cross the dense forest to reach the nearest road, as reported by SIKKIM EXPRESS on Monday.
The construction of the bamboo bridge across the lake is very challenging due to the long span and the topography but the Road & Bridges department and the office of the District Collector undertook the task, said the district administration.
In order to permanently restore the connectivity to the two GPUs, the district administration has decided to construct a 140 m long suspension foot bridge across the Mantam lake.  The suspension foot bridge will take about four months to complete. This work will be taken up on a war footing and once completed the connectivity will be restored permanently, said the district administration.
It was informed that the tender process for the construction of permanent bridge at Kayum for restoring vehicular traffic to Upper Dzongu is currently under process in the Road & Bridges Department. The DPR has already been drawn and once tendered, the work will be taken up.
The Food & Civil Supplies department have also released the PDS stock till November for the two GPUs. These PDS items were stored at Tingvong as pre-monsoon preparedness during May.
Meanwhile, connectivity to Lingdem village, also cut-off by the lake, has resumed with restoration of the road network by the district administration and Land Revenue & Disaster Management department.
The Mines & Geology Department also undertook controlled breaching of the dam during the month of April and May. Due to the controlled breaching of the dam, considerable water was drained out and thus the danger posed by the lake was averted, reads the press statement.
The district administration added that the geography and topological formation are constantly changing in the lake due to which such challenges constantly arise. The people are further assured that the State government is sensitive to their sufferings and is making all possible efforts to solve it, said the north district administration.