Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 08:00 [IST]
Last Update: Tuesday, Apr 06, 2021 02:24 [IST]
RANGPO, : The Rangpo-Rorathang road, which remained cut-off for 20 months after over 100 meters of road washed away at 4th Mile, Bhasmey, reopened for traffic on Monday. The connectivity along the Rangpo-Rorathang road was restored by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) which maintains this stretch in East Sikkim.
The road which connects Kumrek, Bhasmey, Rorathang, Rhenock, Rongli, Pakyong and other places was opened to traffic by Sikkim Legislative Assembly speaker L.B. Das.
The Speaker stated that the Rangpo-Rorathang road play a crucial socio-economic role for the State of Sikkim by virtue of numerous pharmaceutical factories and other industries located along the route.
The socio-economic impact of the road encompasses not just the economic development of the State through providing a fillip to the pharma sector, but also serves to provide a crucial boost to tourism in the East Sikkim, he added.
The Roads & Bridges secretary and the Project Swastik chief engineer were also present on the occasion.
Connectivity to Rorathang from Rangpo had been disrupted with the washing away of an almost 150 metre stretch of the entire formation of the road surface due to incessant rains and accompanying landslides.
The restoration work entailed virtual reconstruction of the entire 150 metre washed away portion starting from restoring the formation to reconstructing the various layers of the road surface. The restored road from base course to the black top surface is an entirely new construction, necessitated due to the immense damage caused by heavy rains.
The BRO personnel also undertook construction of numerous protective works including breast walls, ranging from 15 to 90 metres in length and 10 to 50 metres in height, along the restored stretch to ensure that the road remained protected despite being in a vulnerable landslide and heavy rainfall prone zone.
The Speaker commended the BRO personnel engaged in the construction work for having endured the onslaught of adverse weather and climatic conditions and remaining committed to executing the task to high standards of quality and technical precision. He also appreciated the grit and resolve displayed in execution of the work by all ranks stating that their commitment was demonstrative of the BRO motto of “finding a way or making one”.