Hon’ble Minister for Roads & Bridges visits landslide zone in Dikchu

Mangan, 10 July (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Roads & Bridges and Cultural Affairs & Heritage, Shri Samdup Lepcha, visited the landslide area at Dikchu Dam near Dikchu Bridge which has sustained road damage due to heavy rainfall in the region.

Shri Lepcha was accompanied by Superintendent of Police, North, Shri Sonam Gyatso Bhutia, Additional District Collector, North, Shri Somnath Adhikari, General Manager, NHPC, Shri S. Khatua, District Planning Officer, District Forest Officer and officials of DAC, North District.

After assessing the damage, Shri Lepcha gave strict instructions to the NHPC and GREF to show prompt action in restoring the road as the road is a life line to North district. He also asked the ADC, North to initiate all necessary measures to protect the road from further damage by holding a meeting with all stakeholders. Further, he assured all possible help from the State Government.

The Minister has also strictly directed the GM, NHPC to do every possible measures to restore the road from further damage and to initiate a permanent solution from their end.

Similarly, he has directed Shri Rajat Agarwal (GREF, AEE) to start restoration work as quickly as possible to save the road from further damage.

Responding positively to the direction of the Minister, Shri Agarwal informed that as a primary safety measure, GREF in association with NHPC will cover the slide stretch with tarpaulin plastic so as to keep the slide zone safe from rain.

Simultaneously, road widening will be done so that vehicles could ply over safely. If weather allows, a sausage wall (protection wall) will be constructed at river belt so that the water inflow cannot erode the soil of riverbank. After monsoon a permanent solution for protection of road will be taken up, it is informed.