As monsoon hits, NH 10 is in dismal condition between Rongpo and Singtam

Report by: 
SANJAY AGARWAL
RONGPO
4 Jul 2018

The National Highway-10 connecting the Sikkim capital Gangtok with the rest of thecountry is in a dismal condition, especially in the 12-kilometre long stretch between Rangpo to Singtam. The worsening condition of the highway day by day is only increasing the chances of a major road accident and casualties.
With landslides on the way, the road is also full of gaping holes filled with rainwater without any adequate attention being given to its upkeep. The situation on one hand is inviting a disaster to happen and on the other is creating a poor impression about Sikkim to tourists.
Amidst Rangpo and Singtam, there are about 50 industrial units and two reputed educational institutions, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology and Himalayan Pharmacy Institute. With the admission time for the colleges going on, parents from different parts of the country have been staying in and around Rangpo and Singtam. With the road in its present condition, one can imagine the impression it creates on the visitors.
People from the country and abroad have to visit the industrial units on business. At the international level, Sikkim has a reputation of being an example of a well-managed state in India; but, with such poor condition of the roads, the visitors are sure to carry a negative impression about the state back to their country.
Talking to this correspondent on the condition of the road, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Rangpo P. K. Rai and Station House Officer Rangpo Keshang Bhutia  informed that the responsibility to look after the aretrial highway – really the lifeline of Sikkim -- was on the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited and the agency had been informed several times for the need of proper maintenance  and repair of the road.
It has been a long time since the condition of road had grown dismal. The ground condition of the road between Rongpo and Singtam had been brought to the notice of the NHIDC repeatedly in various ways but till now no initiative had been taken to improve the conditiomn of the road. People wondered who would be accountable if there was a mishap on the road.