Gangtok, Jan 10: Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang witnessed a project demonstration by the consultant of Lion Marsway JV Tunnel DPR Project of New Delhi today in presence of Minister Roads & Bridges, Shri Samdup Lepcha, Secretary R&B Shri T.P Shangderpa, Secretary to HCM Shri SD Dhakal along with officers and engineers concerned.
The state of Sikkim is connected with mainland India through NH 10 connecting Siliguri to Gangtok.
The inflow of tourist has been on a significant rise to the tune of 20% year to year growth with expected numbers to reach 3 million in next five years from current 2 million.
NH 10 is the lifeline of Sikkim State but subject to frequent landslide and blockage of route bringing distress to the inhabitants and tourists every year with frequent traffic jams.
The state government has proposed for construction of tunnels at the main strategical places. Through these tunnels the state government proposes to provide an Intra-State and Inter State Corridor for all weather connectivity and de-congest the main route between Rangpo and Ranipool to Gangtok connecting all districts.
The state Road and Bridges Department is the Nodal Department which has planned to appoint some reliable agencies as the consultant for preparing the feasibility study and detailed project report for proposed tunnel corridors.
The presentation was part of a plan to explore an alternative to the existing road infrastructure in the State, mainly to facilitate smooth movement of vehicles within the State and outside, as well as to shorten travel time.