In a project deemed as the first of its kind in Sikkim and probably in the entire country, the Himalayan Kingdom has been developing a Buddha Eco Park at Rabong in South Sikkim. The project, however, according to officials, has already trailed two deadlines, the latest being December 2011.
The small towns Buddha Eco park project in South Sikkim is still going on more than 20 acres of land. After the completion of project it will have musical fountains and many more facilities for the pilgrims as well as the tourists. It will include a meditation hall, congregational hall, an interpretation hall, library, an amphitheater, administrative and commercial units, cafeterias and accommodations for the visitors, enough parking and other infrastructural facilities. The tourism focused project is to use green technology and will also conserve the Bio-Diversity of Rabong. After completion it will have the tallest statue of Buddha in a sitting position, which will be 95 ft tall and 35 ft wide reaching a total height up to 130 ft. When completed the Buddha Eco Park is expected to serve as another treasure in attracting both national and international tourist. But the project which has missed two deadlines still remains to see the light of the day.
Government of Sikkim had sanctioned a huge amount of more than 32 crores for the development of Buddha Eco Park under its flagship ‘Sakyamuni project’. The project is being implemented by UDSG which has handed over the project to a another committee under its purview.
When isikkim.com asked UDSG officials about the delay they failed to answer. Many declined by saying that they are not concerned with this project. Two officials named one Mr. Ranko and another Janpu Bhutia said they are on vacations. On being queried further they bluntly disconnected the call.