Gangtok 2021 exhibition, workshop inaugurated

Sunday, Dec 05, 2021 08:45 [IST]

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Gangtok 2021 exhibition, workshop inaugurated

KUNAL RAI

GANGTOK,: Gangtok mayor Nell Bahadur Chettri on Saturday inaugurated 'Gangtok 2021' exhibition-cum-workshop at Statue of Unity hall, MG Marg. GMC commissioner H.K. Chettri, GMC additional chief architect Gary Chopel, officials from various departments and private practicing architects were present on the occasion.
The event organised by Architects of Sikkim in collaboration with State Urban Development department, Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Education department, Tourism department and other line departments has exhibition of upcoming projects in Gangtok and selected works of architects and architectural firms of Sikkim.
The organisers also plan to hold a workshop on “Sikkimese architecture – its conception, interpretation, relevance and future” from December 10 to 12 at different venues. The workshop seeks to understand public aspirations about the city and strategize with a group of resource persons to find an approach for road map ahead, the organisers informed.
Addressing the inaugural function, mayor Nell Bahadur Chettri said the idea of holding the exhibition and workshop was innovative and unique as by this the people of Gangtok and surrounding areas will come to know the different infrastructural developments being planned, initiated in the capital. Furthermore, this will enable the visitors to share their views and suggestions for future development of the capital, he added.
“The area of Gangtok is limited and there is a need of proper planning considering future of Gangtok along with convenience to the people. It is not possible for the government, municipality, architects and engineers alone to make the city liveable, it is very much important for the citizens to join hands, share ideas to make Gangtok the best in all aspects.”
The mayor shared that during the recently held Swatchha Survekshan for cities in the country, Gangtok was ranked below top-10 adding that the lack of feedback from public was the reason behind low ranking.
He said people should download the Swatchhata app and not just share their feedback but also upload pictures of the areas where garbage is dumped so that action is initiated immediately.
During the programme, the mayor along with all the guests also remembered former minister Late Thukchuk Lachungpa for his contribution to the society.
The hosts of the exhibition-cum-workshop architects Navin Pradhan and Chetan Raj Shrestha shared the first-of-its-kind event will pave way for future development of Gangtok in a planned manner. The feedbacks received from participants from different walks of life will also be considered which will be included in the report and submitted to the government for future reference with respect to development of Gangtok, they added.
As part of the event, a photography competition was also organised, in collaboration with Confluence Collective. Srijana Shrestha bagged the first position. Likewise, prose and poetry competition was held in collaboration with Converse Sikkim which also had three winners and the first position was bagged Dinesh Chettri. The mayor along with other guest handed over the certificates and cash awards to the winners.   

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