Gyalshing, 07 May:
“The RumlyangTungrong [Stairway to Heaven] project could have boosted tourism revenue while also immortalizing Lepcha community. Our aim is to combine Lepcha mythology with modern development process of Sikkim but its progress has been very disappointing,” said Chief Minister PawanChamling while addressing the public of Yuksom-Tashiding constituency during his 32-day State-wide public outreach tour, ‘Jan SamparkhAbhiyan’, at Yuksom in West Sikkim today.
Expressing discontentment over the progress of the Stairway to Heaven project, the CM said that the foundation stone of the project was laid in 1996 at Daramdin, it has been 22 years since its inception now and further delay will only attract criticism.
Here he directed the Engineers and Secretaries of the concerned department to expedite the construction works of the project for early completion.
He also sanctioned various road projects based on the demand of the people of Yuksom-Tashiding constituency.
Addressing the gathering Chief Minister said that when SDF party first came into power, Sikkim had only 1800 KM roads that too were narrow and mostly jeepable. In these 24 years of SDF government, the number of roads has increased vastly in the State with 7000 KM of wide metaled roads.In this tour also I have sanctioned many new road projects in every constituency, he informed. With this, Sikkim will have total of almost 8000 km roads,” said the CM.
He also announced the construction of the statues of, LutsumChembo, SempaChembo and RinzingChembo, the three Lamas who had consecrated the first Chogyal of Sikkim at Norbughang near Yuksom.
“Their statues at Yuksom will not only hold historical importance but will be an asset for Yuksom tourism,” he added.
CM further announced setting up of small stalls along the roadsides in west Sikkim for the sale of organic vegetables, tea and eatables; this according to him will be constructed by the Roads & Bridges Department within the area of 10 feet x 30 feet. He further said that it will be the responsibility of concerned Panchayats and area MLAs to make sure that the stalls are run by local people.