Gangtok, September 5: A great sigh of relief has come for the residents of Rorathang, Rongli and Rhenock in East Sikkim. The new bye-pass road would now cut short the travel time by almost two hours.
On July 17 this year, the main road formation connecting Rangpo and Rorathang was completely washed away creating problems for commuters by cutting off places like Rorathang, Rongli and Rhenock. The only option was the detour via Pakyong which would take an additional two hours travel time.
Under the initiative of Sub Divisional Magistrate of Rangpo Sub Division, Prem Kumar Rai, the new road is almost on the verge of completion which would allow the commuters to reach their destinations on time.
He said that the area and land survey for the new bye-pass was conducted by a team of officials.
“We identified a stretch behind Sikkim Distilleries Factory for the bye-pass road. The land was that of government and private holdings. We are thankful to Excise Departments, Pradeep Chand Pradhan, Forest Department, Sikkim Distilleries and IRCON (railways). It was a tough time convincing them, but finally the permission was given”, informed said the SDM while talking with Sikkim Chronicle.
He added that the companies which are located in the nearby areas were requested to mobilize the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds so that the construction of the road could be started at the earliest.
The road is being constructed with the support fund provided by the pharmaceuticals companies like – Cipla, Golden Cross, Juventus, Lupin, Zydus Health Care, Alkem and others. The machinery was provided by companies like Madhya Bharat, IRCON and Drapil.
“It was a collective effort of every stakeholder without giving a financial burden to the government,” added Rai.
The total stretch of the new road is almost 800 meters.
According to the SDM, the fund of Rs 10 lakh for the protective wall was approved by the office of the East District Collectorate. The additional support to construct the road was given by Power, Roads and Bridges, Commerce and Industries, Water Supply, Police and other line departments.
The Chief Minister, PS Tamang (Golay) who recently took the road while returning from Rhenock has assured full support from the government in early completion of the road and has also directed the authorities to complete the road before Dusshera so that the commuters do not have to face any problem.
Chandan Tamang, a resident of 4th Mile while talking to Sikkim Chronicle said that the quick and prompt action of the government in constructing the new bye-pass within the span of a month is of great relief.
“We are walking every day from the forest to reach the market and sick people were being carried to the hospital. Now the new bye-pass will be of great help for us”, he expressed.
The sources informed that the old road which was completely washed away is looked after by Border Roads Organization (BRO) and would take almost a year to completely restore the road.