Gangtok, October 12(IPR): Hon’ble Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh virtually inaugurated forty-three Bridges built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the border States and Union Territories of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh today.
The bridges were inaugurated on an online event which was attended by the Hon’ble Union Minister of State for DONER Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Shri Kiran Rijiju, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang and other Chief Ministers, heads and officials of Seven States and Union Territories along with DG/BRO Lt. General Harpal Singh.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Hon’ble Minister for Roads and Bridges Department Shri Samdup Lepcha along with senior officials of the State Government, officials of BRO, GREF and other officials joined the live video from Samman Bhawan.
From the forty three bridges built by the BRO, Siyam khola, Ringchu Khola, B 5 and Khumdum Khola were the four bridges inaugurated in Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang in his address at the inaugural function placed forward the gratitude of the Sikkimese people for being presented with this milestone of four bridges in the State. He conveyed heartfelt greetings on behalf of the Sikkimese to all on this momentous occasion and thanked the Government of India, along with the Border Roads Organization. He expressed happiness that the Hon’ble Defence Minister has dedicated forty three permanent bridges to the country and also laid the foundation stone of the Nechiphu tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chief Minister stated that under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, all the essential needs of the Army in the country are being strengthened. He also expressed his gratitude to the Central Government for developing the projects in the border areas.
He informed that due to the hilly terrain in the border areas of Sikkim, landslides and other natural calamities are common. Keeping this situation and the security of the country in mind, the bridges will play an important role in transporting the essential materials and connecting the remote areas thereby benefitting the villagers. Because of Sikkim being located in the mountainous region of the Himalayas, road plays an important role in connecting remote areas. He appreciated the fact that Border Roads Organization has played an incredible role in the development, maintenance and construction of national highways and other roadways in the state of Sikkim. With better connectivity, tourism related activities will increase and it will have a good effect on the socio-economic development of the region remarked the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister communicated that plans are also being made for connectivity in the border region of North Sikkim and the use of the latest technology in road construction in areas such as tunnel, slope stabilization, bridge construction and the avalanche is being done which will have a far-reaching effect in improving connectivity.
The Chief Minister praised the employees of GREF for their selfless service for keeping the roads open during the monsoon and winter seasons. He also congratulated Director General of Border Roads Organization Lieutenant General Harpal Singh for the excellent work being done by the jawans and officers of the Swastik Project under his leadership and expressed positivity that they would always live up to the expectations of the people of Sikkim as well as of the country.
In conclusion, the Chief Minister said that he is filled with gratitude to witness the inauguration of the permanent bridges within Sikkim, this important work will definitely facilitate connectivity and bring positive changes in the socio-economic fabric of the state.
Namchi, 12th October (IPR): A video conferencing (VC) meeting on Jal Jeevan Mission held through the zoom platform organized by SIRD&PR, RDD Gangtok was held at DAC, Namchi today.
The VC was chaired by Shri. C.S Rao, Principal Secretary cum Mission Director State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM) who is also the Chairman of State Level Scheme Sanctioning Committee (SLSSC) for implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission and attended by officials of SIRD&PR alongside line department representatives who jointly form the District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) from all four districts.
During the course of the VC, the vision and prime objective of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) were discussed in detail which emphasizes drinking water supply in adequate quantity to every rural household on a regular and long-term basis at affordable service delivery charges leading to improvement in living standards of rural communities.
Chairman of SLSSC, Shri. C.S Rao also addressed the VC wherein he stated that the Jal Jeevan Mission is a central government initiative under the Ministry of Jal Shakti which aims to ensure access to piped water for every household in India. He also elaborated on how JJM has been envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to all households in rural India. In addition, he also stated that ensuring safe water to children is a priority under JJM as they are most susceptible to water-borne diseases. Shri. Rao also stressed upon concerted efforts in the form of time-bound reports and actions involving all line departments and local communities in order to make it a public movement. In this regard, he urged the DC who are the Chairmans of DWSM of all four districts to ensure timely completion and submission of the Village Action Plan (VAPs) and District Action Plan (DAP).
Shri. Sandip Rai Chief Engineer RDD (Gangtok) cum Member Secretary of SLSSC presented a PPT on Jal Jeevan Mission wherein various components under JJM such as the development of in-village piped water supply infrastructure to provide tap water connection to every rural household, augmentation of existing sources to provide long-term sustainability of water supply system, greywater management, retrofitting of completed and ongoing schemes and other support activities were explained. The roles and responsibilities of DWSM’s and other stakeholders were also elucidated to the concerned authorities in the PPT.
Total Tests Conducted = 52906.
Total Active Cases =384.
Cured & Discharged = 2839.
Total patients in ICU= 4.
Cumulative Total = 3359.
Total Covid-19 Positive Cases Reported today = 39( 31 on RTPCR, and 8 on RAT)
The Breakup of cases:
1 from below Illahabad Bank, Burtuk.
1 from Gandhey Jhora, Sichey.
1 from upper Sichey.
1 from Tadong.
1 from Byepass.
1 from 8th Mile, Martam.
1 from Jalipool.
1 from Development Area containment zone.
1 from below old STNM hospital.
3 from near Gumpa, Helipad.
1 from CRH staff of lower Samdur.
1 from Majhitar.
3 from Mamring.
1 from Bardang.
1 from Rangpo.
1 from Jorethang.
11 SSB personnel from Melli Aching.
1 from Bardang.
1 from near Helipad, Burtuk.
1 from upper Samdong.
1 from Adarshgaon.
1 from Rhenock Dhanukey.
1 from 10th Mile, Geyzing.
1 from Majhigaon ward no 4, Jorethang.
It was also informed in the health bulletin that the State has recorded two more COVID deaths.
An 82 year male from Daragaon, Tadong passed away on 10th October at around 8:15 pm. He had a known case of dimentia and was admitted to the STNM hospital on 6th October.
The second death was reported from a 62 year old female, resident of Bardang at around 6:40 today. She was admitted to the hospital on 2nd October and had comorbidities.