Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 08:00 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: Hamro Party Sikkim president Bhaichung Bhutia has written a letter to Union Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari, making a case for immediate repair of the Siliguri-Gangtok national highway.
In a communication to the minister, Bhaichung sought to draw Gadkari’s attention to the accidents caused due to the poor condition of the NH10. He pointed out that as the highway was in very bad state, frequent and fatal accidents have taken place in recent past.
Bhaiching wrote, “The highway is appalling to an extent that we can hardly call it such. It has become the scene of frequent and fatal accidents in the recent past. The latest edition of ‘Road Accidents of India 2020’ has highlighted that Sikkim has the highest fatality rate at 10.2, a figure that is double the national average of 5.1. According to the NRCB report of 2021, the number of road accidents has increased in Sikkim by 13%, from 108 in 2020 to 122 in 2021, with 178 people suffering injuries and 64 people sadly passing away. In 2022, till May only, 33 people died, and 72 suffered grievous injuries in road accidents. The rate of accidents and the resulting number of affected persons only continues to increase for Sikkim.”
He said recently Rameshwar Teli, Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, had also expressed his displeasure over the condition of the highway.
“As a concerned citizen, these circumstances and relevant data do not augur well for our envisioned goal of a developed Sikkim. I kindly request you to instruct the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to repair NH10 to secure the lives of our people and ensure that such road accidents do not happen,” the HSP president wrote in the letter.