President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the 1.13-kilometre-long Atal Setu connecting Sikkim with the rest of the country via West Bengal on November 5 2022.
President Droupadi Murmu on Friday during her visit to Sikkim said that the central government is committed for undertaking development of the North-Eastern region. She described the eight states of the region as ‘Ashtratnas’ (eight jewels) of India.
The Government of India has launched infrastructure projects to boost connectivity, education and agriculture sectors among others in the NE states, she said after virtually inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of a number of state and central projects in East and South Districts from Gangtok.
“The 1.13-kilometre-long Atal Setu connecting the Himalayan state with the rest of the country via West Bengal. It is a key strategic infrastructure for the country” Murmu said
Praising Sikkim’s beautiful landscape, President stated, “I am glad to know that the state is doing well in education, health and power sectors, besides organic farming.”
She further wished for progress and prosperity of the state and its people.”
President Murmu was given a guard of honour on her maiden visit to the state. The chief minister sought the President’s intervention for resolution of various outstanding demands, including reservation of assembly seats for the Limbu and Tamang tribals.