Oct 15, 2011
In Sikkim, the long awaited restoration of the Mangan-Chungthang road in North district was completed on Saturday, reported All India Radio.
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had assured the people of Sikkim about the re-opening of this road by today during his visit to the earthquake hit State on the 29th of the last month.
The Border Roads Organisation succeeded in restoring the Mangan-Chungthang road for traffic at around quarter past ten this morning. The last month’s earthquake had badly damaged the road, rendering the entire area, North of Mangan, inaccessible.
It was an uphill task for the BRO to repair the road given the extent of the damage as well as frequent landslides and falling boulders.
The Chungthang-Lachung road too is expected to be restored within the next three-four days.
Meanwhile, the West Sikkim district authorities along with the Archeological Survey of India officials are proceeding for an on the spot assessment of the damage caused by the last month’s earthquake to the oldest monastery of Sikkim, the Dubdi Monastery, at Yuksom in West district, on Sunday. The monastery was established in 1612 soon after the consecration of the first Maharaja Mewang Chogyal Pintso Namgyal.