Gangtok, 23 Apr:
The ongoing construction work of the proposed Rodhi Ghar of the Gurung community at Sichey, near the District Administration Centre, Gangtok, has become a cause for concern amongst residents of the locality. People are worried about potential damage to buildings in the vicinity as well as the road towards the DAC.
Heavy rainfall in the past few days has further caused stones and mud to fall off the freshly dug roadside.
Local residents and building owners have blamed the All Sikkim Gurung Tamu Buddhist Association for not following proper safety measures and carrying out the construction work at a slow pace with very few workers.
One of the houses in danger is the one belonging to Mahananda Neopaney located right next to the construction site.
“We are living under fear every day and night as our building is at risk and all of our tenants have already vacated the building,” said Siddharth Neopaney, son of Mahananda Neopaney.
If safety walls are not constructed soon, the building may fall and the entire area along with the road will sink causing huge damage to the public and private property, he added.
The buildings nearby and the roads are already at risk and if the rain continues, the worst could happen, he added.
It is informed that the construction, which began in 2011, was delayed due to the association's internal problems and had resumed in January this year.
The association, which is responsible for the construction, has been issued a notice and directions from the SDM office to complete the safety wall construction within a month following technical safety measures, it is informed.
"The association has been carelessly carrying out the construction without following the directives of the SDM office and without any safety concerns, which is quite surprising and disappointing," alleged Siddharth Neopaney. He added that they are not against anyone but just concerned for their safety.
Mr. Neopaney also informed that they approached the SDM office on Monday and have been assured all support from the government.
They have demanded that the association should take responsibility of the safety of the people living in the building and bear the losses in case of any accidents.
On Monday, mud and stones continued to fall while Policemen and locals gathered around the spot.