Minister Lepcha assesses Dikchu dam damages

Minister Lepcha assesses Dikchu dam damages
Thu, Jul 11, 2019


GANGTOK,: State Roads and Bridges minister Samdup Lepcha today visited the landslide affected area at Dikchu dam near Dikchu bridge which has sustained road damage due to heavy rainfall in the region.
The minister was accompanied by the SP North Sonam Gyatso Bhutia, ADC North Somnath Adhikari, NHPC general manager S. Khatua, district planning officer, district forest officer and North district officials.
After assessing the damage, minister Lepcha has given strict instructions to the NHPC and GREF to show prompt action in restoring the road as the road is a life line to north district. He also asked to ADC North to initiate all necessary measures to protect the road from further damage by holding a meeting with all stakeholders. Further, he assured all possible help from the State government.
The NHPC general manager was also directed to do every possible measures to restore the road from further damage and to initiate a permanent solution from their end.
Similarly, the minister has directed to GREF AEE Rajat Agarwal to start restoration work as quickly as possible to save the road from further damage.  
Agarwal informed that as a primary safety measure GREF in association with NHPC the slide stretch will be covered with tarpaulin plastic as to keep the slide zone safe from rain. Simultaneously, road widening will be done so that vehicle could ply over safely. If weather allows, a sausage wall (protection wall) will be constructed at river belt so that the water inflow cannot erode the soil of riverbank. After monsoon a permanent solution for protection of road will be taken up.
“People of North Sikkim face difficulties due to bad road conditions here especially during rainy season. Dikchu-Mangan road in particular is in bad condition due to the NHPC dam and the recent cloudburst. I visited the spot and took stock of the situation,” said the minister to SIKKIM EXPRESS.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi