North District ask for immediate steps to protect Mangan town from landslides

Report by: 
7 Oct 2018

District authorities of North Sikkim have told State Chief Secretary A. K. Srivastava that immediate intervention was necessary to save Mangan town from recurrent landslides and sanction of funds from the Union Home Ministry was necessary to take the required measures. Srivastava is on a two-day trip of North District during the week-end.
The District Collector North Karma R. Bonpo apprised the Chief Secretary that the detailed project report for the protection of Mangan town was currently under process with the National Disaster Management Authority. Srivastava assured that the issue would be taken up with the Home Ministry and necessary measures would be taken.
The Chief Secretary also took a tour of lower Mangan Bazaar where recent landslide had caused damage to many buildings. Srivastava also inspected  the landslide-prone areas of Rafong Khola, Lanthey Khola, Nadey, Meyong and Wong Khola which have turned into perennial trouble spots on the North Sikkim Highway. The North Sikkim Highway maintained by GREF had seen huge destruction during this monsoons season causing disturbance in movement of traffic to the border areas of Lachen and Lachung. The Chief Secretary assured that the issue would be taken up with the Border Roads Organization for the restoration of the damaged portions of the highways.
The Chief Secretary visited the 1200 MW Teesta Urja Power House at Ringdang where he inspected the powerhouse. The project is running since February 2016. The power project is currently generating about 800 MW of power which is being supplied and traded on the Indian Energy Exchange (IEE). About 100 engineers mostly from the state of Sikkim are currently employed in the project.