NAMCHI, 04 FEB (IPR):
Chief Minister,PawanChamling inaugurated the Namchi Passenger Ropeway, lower terminal point which has been designed, constructed and operated by Damodar Ropeway and Infra Ltd, near PWD Guest House today.
The ropeway has been constructed in two sections namely Section I and II, the former starts at PWD Guest House and terminates at Rock Garden, covering a length of 2.1 km with the total travel time of 12 minutes.
While presenting the technical report, Secretary,Tourism and Civil Aviation Department,Mr TT Bhutia brought to light that the ropeway carries a number of advantages in terms of ecology, traffic management and spatial planning which offer the visitors a unique aerial view.
It may be mentioned here that the Passenger Ropeway (Section II) from Samdruptse to Rock Garden was inaugurated on 01Aug, 2016. The maximum speed of the Section II ropeway is of 3 seconds and will cover the distance of 640 meters.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister extended his congratulations on the inauguration of this ropeway and added that Namchi and the public of the state has received an added tourism attraction in the form of this ropeway.
He also spoke in brief how this project was envisioned in the year 2003 and shared the hurdles faced in giving shape to this colossal project.
The State Government consistently and vigorously pursued this massive ambition of construction of ropeway in Namchi so as to transform the South District Headquarters as a town filled with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure, he stated.
The Chief Minister also informed that this is the third ropeway which has been created in Sikkim and added that in the entire North East, Sikkim is the only state which has the facility of ropeway.
MrChamling said that the construction company has been entrusted with the commercial operation and maintenance of the ropeway for an initial period, after which tenders will be floated wherein the locals of the State will get a chance to run the ropeway.
The Chief Minister also shared his concerns regarding the subletting of businesses by locals to non-locals and said that these types of businesses are in direct violation of Central Direct Tax Law (CDTL) and as such this law may apply to them. In this regard, the CM said that Sikkimese locals should run these businesses themselves and aim to be a job provider along with being self-sufficient.
The CM also inaugurated the District Veterinary Polyclinic, at Boomtar in Namchi today.The Veterinary Polyclinic has been built at a project cost of Rs 4.87 crore funded under North East Council (NEC) with a financing pattern of 90:10.
The Polyclinic has four components and the main Polyclinic is a two-storied building where the ground level will be used for clinical examination of animals, carrying out surgical operation and diagnostic laboratory facility including X-ray and ultrasound. The first level will include a facility for training hall and office rooms for doctors.
The second component is construction of 5 unit class II quarter for veterinary doctors with parking space. The third component is construction of carpeted approach road and drainage facility and protective wall, the 4th component consist of construction of fencing along with the boundary.
The total cost of Namchi Passenger Ropeway is Rs 43.54 crore out of which Rs 14.43 crore is funded by Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) and the remaining amount is from the State Plan.
The cabins are fully enclosed with ventilation and automatic doors. The systems used are monocable detachable grip IV seater cabin ride with a clockwise operation. This ropeway consists of 20 cabins accommodating four persons per cabin. The ropeway cables and the cabins are supplied by M/s Arcellor Mittal, France and M/s Gangloff Switzerland, respectively.
also present during the inaugural ceremony were Speaker SLA, KN Rai, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation,Ugen T Gyatso, Cabinet Ministers and various other dignitaries.