Gangtok: October 21
The joint inspection was conducted at Dikchu New Market in North Sikkim on 19, October. The joint inspection was headed by the SDM Mangan, BK Lama along with the NHPC representative, Senior Manager Dam Rajappan K, including the affected people of New Market and Pheedang, Lower Dzongu, North Sikkim.
The joint inspection was conducted on the request of the people of New Dikchu and Pheedang to the district administration north. The foundation of the New Market Dikchu was becoming vulnerable with the continuous slides, wherein people of the place feel insecure of life and properties.The base of the market needs a proper protective rim treatment at the earliest possible.
The inspection team visited all the affected areas of the reservoir and took note of damages. During the visit the affected people informed that around 20 feet of the private land holdings belonging of the people have been washed away by the slides that occurred at the base of the market and still poses a threat to the several houses situated right above it.
The SDM informed that the report will be submitted to the DC North for further necessary action. However, about the slides that occurred at the different Jhoras located between the markets, SDM informed that it will be directed to the concerned irrigation department for the preventive measures.
The inspection team also visited the damaged Merry Kids School and other houses situated right above the reservoir. These affected people have requested and appealed of immediate essential steps to be taken by the NHPC in this regard.
Rajappan informed that the protective work cannot be undertaken in such situation until and unless the water level of the reservoir will be lowered. He also informed that the feasibility as per the requirement will be conducted once the report will be submitted to the concerned department.
The SDM also visited the damages houses at Pheedang in Lower Dzongu. He also visited the damaged house of Gyan Ongrub Lepcha whose house suffered a major damage. Lepcha informed that his house which is two stored RCC structure has already been developed with several cracks by the earthquake, where all the partition and pole has broken. Lepcha also informed that his second floor also suffered major cracks which are not fit for the habitation. At present, his family has been shifted to another house attached to his building.