Tashiling Secretariat slated to be inaugurated in December

GANGTOK, 26 Nov:

The newly constructed Tashiling Secretariat is all set to be inaugurated on 04 Dec by Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling. In view of this, the Minister for Building & Housing Department, DT Lepcha inspected the newly constructed State Secretariat today.

It may be mentioned here that due to irreparable damages to the old Secretariat building by the earthquake in September 2011 the old structure was brought down and this new structure has been constructed at a cost of Rs 264.30 crore.

The Minister accompanied by senior officials of the department inspected the Secretariat building and its block B, parking areas and connecting flyover and surrounding areas.

Speaking to media persons after the inspection, the Minister mentioned that this new Secretariat building is bigger than the old structure and will be an asset for the State. He expressed his gratitude to the CM for consistently working for the people of Sikkim and providing such beautiful assets.

No government department will run in rented buildings after this inauguration, he stated.

The Minister informed that the main Secretariat building is spread over an area of 11,514 square meters and block B covers 8486 square meters and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 264.30 crore, in which Rs 193 crore was from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Rs 71.30 crore was the State share. The structures are earthquake resistant and can survive an earthquake of 8 magnitude on the Richter Scale, he added.

The fifth floor of the new Secretariat building will have the Chief Minister’s Office and then there will be offices for Cabinet Ministers, Chief Administrator, Chief Secretary and others. The building also has facilities of car parking for 100 vehicles in the basement.

Block B will accommodate Finance Department, Law & Parliamentary Affairs Department, Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Excise Department and Land Revenue Department and parking facilities in the basement.

The second phase of the project will have Tower Block, Multi Loop, Revolving Restaurant, overhead bridge upto Nehru Bust and others.

The construction work is being carried out by Kolkata based Archtech Consultations Pvt Ltd in co-ordination with the state government.