CM meets Gadkari with alternative highway demand for Sikkim

Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 08:15 [IST]

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CM meets Gadkari with alternative highway demand for Sikkim

GANGTOK,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Wednesday called on Union Road Transport & Highways minister Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi, informs an official release.
The Chief Minister discussed various issues relating to road transport connectivity in the State and also on the issue of alternate National Highway between Sikkim and West Bengal. He proposed for the construction of National Highway connecting Kali Jhora from Rangpo at West Bengal-Sikkim border via Mansong, 17th Mile Kalimpong, 12th Mile Alpert Villa, Ralli, Khani, Shinji, Samalbong, Samthar and Pampu before joining Kalijohra in the National Highway.
Golay also requested for the alternate National Highway between Melli and Singtam in the Sikkim side for which the project proposal is already submitted to the ministry. He highlighted the need for improving Indira Bypass, Manpur-Nayabazaar-Legship road, Gangtok-Tashi View Point, Rangpo-Pachak-Mamjay-Dickling to Pakyong airport to be declared as National Highway.
Another highlight of the meeting was the 134 km road connecting Naya Bazaar-Daramdin-Soreng-Kaluk-Dentam-Uttarey to Chiwabhanjyang for better improvement as well as declaring it a National Highway. This connectivity touches Chiwabhanjyang at the western part of the State with Nepal which will be an important route for tourism and business purposes, the release mentions.
Further, the Ranipool-Gangtok Bypass Road via Sajong (Rumtek) connecting Burtuk which was under construction since 2010 is now abandoned because of the midway termination of the contract. This being a very important bypass connecting Upper Burtuk will ease the traffic congestion in the present National Highway and lead to a seamless access to Nathu La Pass (Indo-China border).
The Chief Minister requested for the completion of the balance work for which Government of Sikkim has already submitted the proposal.
The Union minister has taken note of all the proposals and directed the officials to initiate the activities on the subject raised by the Chief Minister, the release mention.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi