Frequent Highway bandhs proving to be expensive for the State: CM

GANGTOK, August 08: The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today said that the signature campaign for a separate state of Gorkhaland, which was carried out by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Sikkim does not make sense at all in the State and should instead be carried out in Darjeeling and other parts of the country.
He was speaking during the Tendong Lho Rum Faat celebration at the Sikkim Government College auditorium here today.
While condemning the GJM-imposed bandh of the National Highway 31A yesterday, the Chief Minister said that Sikkim has been bearing the brunt of frequent bandhs called by poltical outfits from neighbouring states since 1986 with huge revenue loss.
“The Gorkhaland demand is purely a matter between the West Bengal Government and the Central Government. We have nothing to say on this and we should not be unnecessarily harassed in the event,” he said.
“The State suffers a loss of Rs 3 crore, 7 lakhs every day whenever the NH31A is forced closed,” he said.
On the seat reservation issue, Mr. Chamling maintained that no one will snatch away the 12 Bhutia-Lepcha reserved seats.
The Chief Minister also informed of his recent visit to New Delhi during which he met with the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and brought before them the immediate issue of Limboo and Tamang seat reservation.
Talking about the construction of an express highway in the State, the Chief Minister informed that the State Government has written a letter to the American Embassy in India requesting for a report on the authenticity of the Star Universal Inc, the company who has been shown interest in the mega project.
Mr. Chamling said that the Prime Minister has assured that Rs 1800 crores would be sanctioned for the double laning of the National Highway. The construction of the airport will also begin shortly, he said.
On the efforts of his government towards conservation of the State’s cultural heritage, Mr. Chamling talked about the construction of the ‘stairway to heaven’ in Daramadin, West Sikkim and said that the work is incomplete as no engineers could provide a design of his expectation. At the same time, the Chief Minister called for more research works from the Lepcha youth in terms of culture, tradition and literature. “The State Government has also plans to set up a Lepcha museum near the structure of the stairway, he added. (Sikkim Express)


One Response

  1. It’s a pity that Buddhadeb’s intiative on day before yesterday was squandered by the CPM and leaders like VS Achuthanandan. Hopefully people will follow that up.

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