Lost bridge. Wasted crores. Absent accountability.

Summit Report

Gangtok, 07 Jun:

The bridge on North Sikkim Highway at Gairi ward of Lingchom Tingda GPU under Kabi Lungchok constituency, constructed at a lavish cost of Rs 2 crores, lasted barely two years and collapsed under the assault of last night's furious downpour. Not surprisingly, the affected villagers have been left fuming and frustrated.

According to the villagers and the panchayat president , the bridge was completed with such poor workmanship because of the negligence of the officers of the concerned department. The Panchayat President alleges that when he had suggested better quality work, he was rebuked by the officers. The results are there for all to see now. Don't expect any accountability. Even the villagers harbour no such misconceptions. What the more than 300 affected people are left with instead are hours of plodding on the road during the lockdown to purchase essential provisions.

Area MLA Karma Loday Bhutia, RDD Minister Sonam Lama, Additional Political Secretary to the CM, BDO, SDM and others inspected the collapsed bridge and have assured to provide full relief through various measures.