Singtam,17 Jun (IPR): The Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang along with the Area MLA and also Minister for Health Department, Dr MK Sharma, other Cabinet Ministers and officers from the line department visited Lall Bazar, Singtam, East Sikkim this afternoon, wherein two house was completely gutted by the fire on the night of 16 June. It may be mentioned here that an unfortunate incident had occurred where two houses belonging to Late Karma Bhutia (two storied house) and Man Bahadur Subba (one storied house) was completely gutted by the fire.
The Chief Minister during his visit expressed his deep concern and grief on the unfortunate incident and handed over the ex-gratia amounting to Rs. 10,00,000 from Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) and Rs.1,05,700 from Disaster Management Fund (DMF) to Binita Subba wife of Late Karma Bhutia and Rs. 7,00,000 from CMRF and Rs. 1,05,700 from DMF to Bir Bahadur Subba, son of Man Bahadur Subba.
The tenants (Uma Sankhar Sony, Padam Ghatani, Bali Ram Sharma and Uttam Roy) of the house which was gutted by the fire were also handed over the ex-gratia amount of Rs. 2,00,000 each.
Ex-gratia amount of Rs. 1,00,000 each from CMRF and Rs. 5200 each from DMF was also handed over to the owners (Ben Kumar Pradhan and Manoj Prasad) of two adjacent buildings which was partially damaged by the fire.
The Chief Minister assured full cooperation and support to the victims from the government.
During his visit, the Chief Minister also asked the competent authorities to prepare a plan under Urban Housing Scheme to replace all the kutcha houses of the urban areas of Sikkim with single storied building in a phased manner. He further added that the government will also provide facility for those wanting to further extend it.
The Chief Minister during the visit also asked the Urban Development Department to come up with multi storied parking plaza near new Singtam Bridge.
Adarshgaon of Singtam which has always faced the danger of swelling Teesta River especially during the monsoon was also inspected by the Chief Minister and asked the Irrigation department to come up with project to stop river abetment in the area.
On his way back to Gangtok the Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang asked the concerned department to construct proper shed for the vegetable and corn vendors on the sides of NH-10.