NH 10 blocked at 29 Mile, passengers stranded

Kalimpong, 13 Sept: Approximately 20 metres of road formation on NH 10 was washed away by River Teesta at 29th Mile today around 11 a.m. Incessant rainfall in Sikkim had raised the water level of River Teesta last night which was flowing above danger levels along Melli and Teesta Bridge. Cracks had earlier developed in the area and this morning, one side of the road sank following which PWD workers had surrounded the area. At around 11 a.m, the surrounded area sank into the river damaging 80% of the road. Vehicles were seen plying on the narrow patch of road left. In the meantime, one loaded truck that was trying to pass through the area got stuck owing to the closure of the highway. Later, two JCBs and earth cutter machine were deployed to cut the wall side. Assistant Engineer, PWD, Uttam Pradhan, said about 80% of the road has been damaged. “We are working with the wall side and hoping to get traffic back to normal in few areas. Many vehicles and tourists with trains or flights to catch were stranded. Many vehicles took the Lopchu route to Siliguri,” said Mr Pradhan.