PWD Minister inspects West roads, directs immediate resumption of stalled works

Gyalshing, 05 Dec [IPR]: PWD Minister Samdup Lepcha, who is on a two-day visit to West Sikkim, visited ongoing road constructions and today, the final day of his tour.

Mr Lepcha first visited the Chagay Falls where he instructed the contractor to immediately resume construction of the bridge there which has been pending for a long time and urged the ACE Roads and DE Roads to take note of the progress and keep him updated.

He gave stern directions to the contractor to resume work immediately as the delay was hampering the public.

He then proceeded towards the Som Slide site where he met residents of the affected area and urged the Roads & Bridges Department to work more aggressively to complete restoration of the area.

He then inspected the road condition on the Dentam-Uttarey-Chiwa Bhanjayang axis and here as well asked the contractor to resume and complete the work at the earliest. He emphasized the importance of road connectivity and its impact on rural and international tourism which needs to be seen and understood by the contractor.

He also mentioned that the Department was willing to help contractors if they were willing to finish the work as early as possible.

He also met with the Panchayats of Sopakha GPU who placed their grievances about the condition of roads in their respective areas.

The Minister expressed his gratitude towards the PWD Officials of West district for their tireless efforts towards maintaining connectivity in the district and urged them to continue working in similar fashion.

He also mentioned that the State Government was continuously working for the people's benefit and will try to do more with the cooperation of the State and District Officials.

The Minister was accompanied by Additional Chief Engineer Thupden G Bhutia, Divisional Engineer [Roads] Phurba Bhutia; Assistant Engineer RD Lepcha, Panchayats and other Departmental Officials.

Similarly, on the first day of his visit yesterday, the Minister visited the Chenrezig Singkham Riwo Potala where he chaired a meeting of the Governing and Managing Committees of the project along with the DC, ADC and the officials of the Culture Department.

He also inspected the area and interacted with the District Officials and the Committee.