Namchi, 4th February(IPR): The Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling inaugurated Namchi Passenger Ropeway, lower terminal point which has been designed, constructed and operated by Damodar Ropeway and Infra Ltd near PWD Guest House today. Present during the inaugural ceremony were Speaker SLA Mr K.N.Rai, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr Ugen T.Gyatso, Cabinet Ministers and various other dignitaries.
Secretary,Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Mr. T. T. Bhutia presented the technical report at a function held at Community Hall wherein he informed the total cost of Namchi Passenger Ropeway is Rs. 43.54 crore out of which Rs. 14.43 crore is funded by Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) and the remaining amount is from the State Plan. He brought to light that the ropeway carries a number of advantages in terms of ecology, traffic management and spatial planning which offer the visitors a unique ariel view. He updated that the ropeway has been constructed in two sections namely Section I and II, the former starts at PWD Guest House and terminates at Rock Garden, covering a length of 2.1 km with the total travel time of 12 minutes. Mr. Bhutia added that the cabins are fully enclosed with ventilation and automatic doors. The systems used are monocable detachable grip IV seater cabin ride with a clockwise operation. This ropeway consist of 20 cabins accommodating four persons per cabin. The ropeway cables and the cabins are supplied by M/s Arcellor Mittal, France and M/s Gangloff Switzerland, respectively.
It may be mentioned here that the Passenger Ropeway (Section II) from Samdruptse to Rock Garden was inaugurated on 1st August, 2016. The maximum speed of the Section II ropeway is of 3 seconds and will cover the distance of 640 meters.
Addressing, the gathering, Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling extended his congratulations on inauguration of this ropeway and added that Namchi and the public of the state has received an added tourism attraction in the form of this ropeway. He also spoke in brief how this project was envisioned in the year 2003 and shared the hurdles faced in giving shape to this colossal project. He added that the State Government consistently and vigorously pursuited this massive ambition of construction of ropeway in Namchi so as to transform the South District Headquarters as a town filled with modern state of art infrastructure. The Chief Minister also informed that this is the third ropeway which has been created in Sikkim and added that in the entire North East, Sikkim is the only state which has the facility of ropeway. He also notified that this ropeway will provide opportinities in the field of employment and economic aspect. Mr. Chamling said that the construction company has been entrusted with the commercial operation and maintaince of the ropeway for an initial period of time, after which the tenders will be floated wherein the locals of the State will get a chance to run the ropeway.
The Chief Minister also shared his concern in the subletting of business by the sikkimese locals to non-sikkimese who do not hold sikkim subject and said that these type of business are in direct violation of Central Direct Tax Law (CDTL) and as such this law may apply to them. In this regard, the CM said that the sikkimese locals should run these businesses themself and aim to be a job provider along with being self- sufficient.
Speaking, about the District Veterinary Polyclinic at Boomtar the Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the land donors and various other stakeholders in erecting of this clinic. He added, that this cinic has been dedicated to the public of Namchi and urged them to inculcate a sense of ownership and responsibility in maintaince of this clinic. The Chief Minister also shared the imperative need to protect and multiply the amount of agricultural domestic animals which are locally born and breed in the state itself as he explained that the survival rate of these animals are high and directed the animal husbandry department that they need to be liable to secure these type of local breeds. Mr. Chamling reiterated that the State Government has provided ample openings for anyone who is interested in dairy and animal husbandry business as there is a fixed market in the state itself, the state government has also given 60% subsidy to pursue this sector.