Civil society of Gangtok meet, discuss town's development

Gangtok, 05 Apr:

An interactive session for the development of Gangtok was organised today in the capital which had the presence of various stakeholders who gathered under the umbrella of civil society to discuss various aspects for development of the State capital.

Gangtok MLA, Pintso Chopel Lepcha, who attended the event as chief guest, thanked all the citizens of the capital for converging and taking active interest in the town's development.

He also elucidated about various projects being undertaken by the state government like the upgradation of roads in and around the capital, building of library, walkways, Palace renovation and parking space creation amongst many others.

He thanked individuals and departments for taking quick action in the interest of Gangtok and Gangtokians.

Welcoming all suggestions from citizens, the MLA asked each citizen to come forward in the development of the town and state.

Former MLA, DB Thatal, in his welcome address, sought cooperation from all sections and urged all to be responsible citizens.

It was also informed that regular cleaning of drinking water tanks of the PHE may cause brief disruptions in water supply in Gangtok but is necessary in order to ensure clean water.

Former Police officer, BK Roka, highlighted the role of retired government officials in civil society through their experiences in life and in governance.

Former bureaucrat, Pema Namgyal Rinzing, stressed on the need for better treatment of tourists and urged the government to take steps to ensure that tourists do not get duped while in Sikkim.

Similarly, Namgyal Lepcha, another active citizen engaged in social work, highlighted the need for community centres for skill development of the human resource of the capital.

Other stakeholders also expressed the need for community centres, recreational centres particularly for elderly, coaching centres for children, sports activity area both indoor and outdoor along with proper drainage and beautification.

Padma Shri Awardee and noted author, GS Lama, held that town planning and allotment of land since 1973 was not done in a proper way resulting in the present situation. He, however, welcomed the formation of an active civil society so that more development and beautification can be done.

Likewise, the State’s Organic Mission was also discussed with stakeholders wherein ideas like kitchen and terrace garden by each household contributing to the larger cause of sustainable development were put forth.