Gangtok, 24 Jul:
The landslide that occurred below the under construction Secretariat building in Gangtok at around 5.30 p.m. on 21 July, apart from disrupting the water supply to large parts of Gangtok, has also damaged the State Data Centre [SDC] located in the Mines and Geology Department building.
In a circular issued on 22 Jul, the Home Department has said that the landslide has caused major damage to the State Data Centre due to which the Centre will remain suspended until all components are restored.
This has affected various Government applications namely Sikkim Integrated Financial Management System [SIFMS], C-Tax, Election Department, CCTNS [Police Department], State Service Delivery Gateway and 30 other government websites hosted by SDC.
All HoDs have been requested to make necessary alternative arrangements for service delivery, as per the circular.
The Mines & Geology Department has also remained closed, thus, affecting the conduct of official work, an official who wishes to remain anonymous informed SummitTimes.
It is further informed that the concerned department has been facing problems caused by the mudslide that has entered the Accounts Cell Section and Lab office of the department. The Information Technology Department has also been affected by the mudslide. Big trees and boulders have fallen at the entrance of the office building. However, restoration works are under progress.
So that official work can continue, the Mines & Geology Department is looking at the possibility of setting up a temporary office. A meeting on the same will be held at the earliest, it is informed.
On the other hand, the PHE officials inform that restoration work on the 600 ft long water pipeline is 75% complete and completion of the remaining work will depend on weather conditions.
However, water supply will resume, even if the quantity is reduced, by 25 July to all areas that the tank connects to.
It may be recalled that the landslide has damaged the 600 ft long water pipeline that fills the zonal tank and consumer lines to Deorali, Namnang, Lal Bazaar, New Market, Kazi Road, Tadong, Lingding, Lumsey and Central Referral Hospital. Hence, it is informed that the water supply to the aforementioned areas will be disrupted till restoration work is completed.