Rethink mega constructions coming up in heart of Gangtok, Nawin Kiran urges Govt

Summit Report

Gangtok, 14 Nov:

Sikkim Subject Committee vice-convener, Nawin KiranPradhan, has urged the state government to reconsider the upcoming multi-level car parking cum commercial development project at the old West Point school complex.

He believes that while the government may have the right intention, to construct such a huge commercial structure in the heart of Gangtok was not appropriate. The diversion of such a large public space was also not in the interest of the people, he added.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Pradhanpointed out that work on the project was rushing along despite concern expressed in public by different individuals and organisations.

The fact that Gangtok falls in seismic zone-IV makes such a huge project ill-advised from public safety point of view as well, he added.

Instead of cramming everything into the heart of Gangtok, the State Government should consider developing commercial establishments and townships in the suburbs, he added. The new road coming up from Adampool to Reshithang was the right place to develop a new township by establishing such commercial establishments, he pointed out.

On the government’s claims of these properties being given on lease [and hence not sold], Mr Pradhan argued that giving a government asset to private players for 26 years was “like selling.”

He urged the government to rethink the project otherwise the people may approach the courts.

Mr Pradhanalso criticised the RDD Minister for his use of crude language in a public address recently.