UD&HD on a major developmental and beautification drive in Sikkim
GANGTOK, 03 Feb: The Urban Development & Housing Department [UD&HD] has a slew of developmental and beautification schemes for the state including the capital town of Gangtok as well as the bazaars in the districts. There are a number of major and minor projects, including beautification of notified town areas some of which are underway and some which are yet to be started in all the four districts of the State, informed Dorjee Dadul [Superintendent Engineer, North/East, UD&HD], while speaking to NOW!.
Beginning with Gangtok, a state-of-the-art Foot Over-bridge is being constructed at Deorali at a cost of Rs. 488.72 Lakhs on which work is underway and will be completed soon. Also coming up at Deorali is a multi-level Car Park; the cost estimate for this is Rs. 1091.98 Lakhs.
Work kas already begun on the construction of Kissan Bazaar coming up on the hillside of Lall Bazaar traffic junction; the estimated cost of this project is at Rs. 1072.00 Lakhs. Furthermore Gangtok town is to be adorned with covered walkways and allied facilities which are to come up at Nam Nang. The work on these projects are also informed to have started. These are being constructed at a cost of Rs. 1260.00 Lakhs. Most of the development projects, it is informed, are being undertaken under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Meanwhile, under the Central Government programme of Basic Services for Urban Poor [BSUP], a project called the Integrated Housing & Slum Development Programme [IHSDP] is being undertaken at Old Slaughter House Area below Arithang and is on the verge of completion informed D Dadul, SE.
The department is also undertaking the repair and improvements of the urban roads and in fact sanctions have been accorded for 21 urban roads. A number of the road improvement projects have already been completed which include Jeevan Theeng Marg, approach road to the High Court of Sikkim, approach road to Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School, Bansilal petrol pump [Church Road] to Diesel Power House Road, approach road to Yatayat Bhawan and approach road to Raj Bhawan]. Another 6 roads will be taken up in the next phase which, it is informed, will be taken up soon.
In addition to these major projects at Gangtok, projects of smaller scales are also under progress, such as improvement work in and around Mintokgang and construction of RCC retaining wall, renovation and remodelling of Gangtok Municipal Corporation [GMC] office at IOC car parking at Deorali, upgradation and extension of 1.11 kilometer road at ICAR Complex at Tadong etc, it was informed.