Pakyong, November 22 (via IPR): Minister for Education, Kunga Nima Lepcha attended the first day of “2 day Residential Training programme on Land Risk Mitigation for Government Engineers“, as the Chief Guest at SMIT Majhitar, Rangpo today.
The programme is to sensitize Civil Engineers from SMIT University about threats posed by natural disasters in Sikkim and the measures needed to curb them. The programme was organized by Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), Govt of Sikkim and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the Civil Engineering Department, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT).
During the program, various issues such as an overview of Sikkim State Disaster Management, an overview of NDRF, SDRF, SDMF, landslide scenario in the context of GSI, an online session on mitigation measures on landslides and a case study and the effect of rainfall on the stability of slope were discussed by Assistant Professors and Professors from the SMIT University.
K.N Lepcha in his brief speech extended warm greetings towards civil engineers and faculty members of SMIT. He explained how natural disasters are prevalent in Sikkim and how civil engineers can build infrastructures which will be resilient during such scenarios. He as well elucidated the Mangan landslide mitigation project and its importance which will take place on 24th November of this month.
Present during the programme were Secretary-cum-Relief Commissioner, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Anil Raj Rai, Director SSDMA, Prabhakar Rai, Director GSI, Dr Pankaj Saini, Additional Director SSDMA, Rajiv Roka, HoD Civil Engineering Department SMIT, Dr C. Bhuiyan, faculty members from SMIT and civil engineering students.