HCM called on the Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi

New Delhi, April 7: The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang called on the Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari, in New Delhi today.

The Hon’ble 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 West Bengal, Sikkim Border via Mansong, 17th Mile Kalimpong, 12th Mile Alpert Villa, Ralli, Khani, Shinji, Samalbong, Samthar and Pampu joining Kalijohra in the National Highway.

He 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.

Further, the Ranipul – 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 Nathula Pass (Indo-China Border). The Hon’ble Chief Minister requested for the completion of the balance work for which Government of Sikkim has already submitted the proposal.

The Hon’ble Union Minister has taken note of all the proposals and directed the officials to initiate the activities on the subject raised by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

(S.D. Dhakal)

Secretary to HCM

Camp: New Delhi

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