Directs Roads Dept to open Shyari-Ranipool road at the earliest
Gangtok, 07 Jun (IPR):
A close coordination meeting regarding the traffic situation in the state was chaired by the Chief Minister, PSGolay and was attended by Minister, UDHD, Arun Upreti, Minister, RMDD,Sonam Lama, the Chief Secretary,A K Shrivastava, ACS, S.C.Gupta, Director General of Police, S D Negi, Special DGP, A Sudhakar Rao, DIG Range, D B.Giri, Secretary, RMDD, CSRao, Secretary, UDHD, Ganga Pradhan, SP Traffic,Tshering Namgyal Gyatso, Chief Engineer (RMDD), L D Lamtha and others.
After numerous deliberations the Chief Minister stated that the state government has to come up with alternative measures since land is limited and solution has to be procured with what we have at hand.
He directed Roads and Bridges Department that the road from Shyari to Ranipool should be opened for light vehicle at the earliest. Another road alternative that the state government should work upon is the Ranipool/Ray Khola/Sichey alternative road which should be considered for decongestion of the National highway, he said.
The Chief Minister said that the problem of traffic congestion is not just a problem of the state government but it is the problem of the whole people of the state. He directed that all road whose work had started or was under progress, should be completed at the earliest.
He also directed that a meeting with proper Power Point Presentation with GREF, Sikkim Police, NHIDCL should be convened at the earliest so that feasible roadmap should be brought forward for easing the traffic problem in the capital.
Framing of policies like time limit for completion of work, relaxation period and penalty in case of non-completion should also be put in the Agreement, the Chief Minister added. Plying of more Government run buses for the employees could also be one of the solutions, he said.
Minister, UDHD,ArunUpreti suggested that a Committee should be formed which should check the work of Contractors who have been assigned crucial projects. He also put forth his suggestion for restoring the route from Lal Bazaar area to Nam Nang so that it could ease the highway load.
Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava stated that the meeting today was for a thoughtful analysis of the traffic situation which has impacted all the people of state in their daily lives. He said that the population of the state has taken a quantum jump but the land holding had remained the same. This could be because of migration of people from rural to urban areas and also because of surge of educational institutions in the state.
The Chief Secretary stated that diversion of traffic movement from the main highway was necessary and he suggested various alternatives such as ropeway, efficient city buses, walking to office/school once a week, ban on private car during certain hours and ban on site allocation along the highway.
ACS, SCGupta said that good public transport system for students should be created which would aim at mass transport alternative. Battery operated mode of transport in the long run would also help, with car pooling as the best short term alternative for the government employees.
Director General of Police, SDNegi also gave his valuable inputs about the various components like land use and the engineering aspect of road which contribute to traffic congestion. He suggested a tie-up with all the required Departments so that result oriented implications could be ascertained.
Special DGP, SudhakarRao suggested the state government to tackle the problem on short term, midterm and long term basis. For short term result, he suggested car pool for officers, flyovers at various points, pedestrian walking and bus stoppages at correct places.
Secretary Transport, SD Dhakal also gave his valuable suggestions. He suggested that LPG gas distribution should be done only during the weekends so that truck congestion could be restricted. He also proposed that the road from Arithang to DPH be reconstructed along with mid-term solution like private parking in available areas.
Secretary UDHD, Ganga Pradhan elucidated that there are in total 54 roads in and around Gangtok. Immediate solution she pointed out to ease the traffic situation in the capital was Pedestrianisation and improvement of walkways for the general people and link roads such as from Paljor Stadium Road to Bye Pass area/Daragaon to JorDhara/NH31 to GairiGaon etc.
She also suggested for introduction of travel pass in Gangtok Ropeway for employees from Deorali to Secretariat with fixed timing and increase in cable frequency to accommodate all during the peak hours.
MsPradhan also suggested for cable car as mass transport alternative from Ranipool to Burtuk with numerous stations which would be beneficial to the commuters. She also informed that numerous car parks with multi level car parking facility proposals are already in the pipeline.
SP, Traffic, TsheringNamgyalGyatso gave an indepth account of the traffic situation in the capital and placed few points where immediate action needs to be taken. He suggested that the Tourist permit office be shifted back to the old venue in MGMarg since it has added to more traffic woes at Zero Point.
He also said that few approach areas like the bend at Old Sadar Thana, entry point of Syari from the highway and entry point of Convoy ground road to ICAR all need to be expanded so that there is smooth vehicular flow without obstructing the traffic.
MrGyatso also suggested for upgradation of Bye-pass road leading to the new STNM hospital since there is heavy flow of traffic now. Similarly, he placed his suggestions for alternative road from Tadong College to Manipal and a review of the drainage system of the state.
The Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to all the suggestions of the august gathering and said that the meeting was a step forward at the right time in the right direction. He called for collective co-operation in handling the traffic situation and hoped for result oriented solutions at the earliest from all the concerned Departments.