Chungthang-Gurudongmar road reopened for traffic

Tue, Aug 20, 2019

SE Report
The authorities have started issuing permits to local populace as well tourists visiting Lachen and Gurudongmar in North Sikkim following the reopening of the Chungthang-Gurudongmar road.
The road leading to Gurudongmar Lake, one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Sikkim, and Lachen hamlet had remained closed since June 17 due to multiple landslides. The road was reopened for traffic recently after the intervention of Roads & Bridges minister Samdup Lepcha.
Lachen Pipons Gyatso Lachenpa and Kintup Lachenpa had submitted a representation to minister Lepcha, who is also the MLA of Lachen-Mangan constituency, with reference to the closure of road for almost two months. “With the intervention of the minister, the road connecting Chungthang and Lachen with Gurudogmar has been reopened. Lepcha had several meetings with the check post wing of the Police department and other authorities to find out the feasibility of restoring the old road,” states a press release issued by Travel Agents’ Association of Sikkim.
The cloud burst of June 17 had triggered multiples landslides in the Lachen-Gurudogmar region and had snapped number of bridges. During this mishap, around 400 tourists were evacuated and since then the road was declared vulnerable and closed for around two months.   
The passage was created through the Army Barrack for emergency works but not for the tourism purpose. The entire tourism stakeholders as well as the local populace waited patiently for the BRO to resume repair work for two straight months. The hope was fading as numerous tourists had to be turned away as well there was a severe jolt in the movement of the local populace, informed TAAS.
Minister Lepcha then had several discussions with the local authority and all concerned for the reopening of the road.  
“The Travel Agents Association of Sikkim and the SKM Tourism Wing is thankful to the minister for this great deed and also appeal the stakeholders to take extra care while sending the tourist to this area,” the release adds.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
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