Gangtok, 16 May:
Additional Director General [East] of Border Roads Organisation, Umesh Chandra Mehta, visited Sikkim from 11-15 May to review the progress of important strategic works in East and North districts.
Mr Mehta inspected critical infrastructure projects in the Eastern border and complimented the executives for their dedication and commitment to bring about rapid progress in ongoing projects despite inclement weather conditions, informs a BRO press release.
The ADG stressed upon the need to maintain highest standard of quality in construction while focusing on speed of execution and further exhorted BRO engineers, who were pioneers in hill road construction, to embrace latest machinery and technology to expedite progress.
It is informed that the ADG accompanied by Chief Engineer of Project Swastik, Harendra Kumar, also inspected the ongoing road tunnel project at Theng near Chungthang in North Sikkim and expressed satisfaction over the quality and state of completion of work. The tunnel will be inaugurated very soon, the release adds.
It may be mentioned here, Theng tunnel is a bi-directional single tube double lane tunnel of 578 mt lengthn which has been constructed by BRO at a cost of Rs 42.71 crore to obviate a very critical stretch of road on North Sikkim highway near Chungthang which was a sore point, being a perpetually landslide prone stretch, in the traffic network leading to Lachung and Lachen valleys.
The completion of tunnel will give a fillip of tourism in North Sikkim and boost economic activities due to dependable round the year connectivity.
The ADG [East] also called on the Governor on 11 May and apprised him of the status of the ongoing infrastructure projects being carried out by BRO.
To review, monitor and expedite road works in North Eastern States, Government of India, in keeping with its policy of Act East has created the office of ADGBR [East] at Guwahati in 2014 to oversee works of seven North Eastern States, the release adds.