Route disruption affects Lachen tourism DICHEN ONGMU

Route disruption affects Lachen tourism DICHEN ONGMU
Sat, Oct 5, 2019

GANGTOK: Lachen locals fear economy loss this tourist season due to a disruption in road network and ‘lack of cooperation’ from the Army.
Hundreds of tourist vehicles travel to Lachen daily in North Sikkim during the tourist season.
Following the collapse of Munshithang bridge at Chu Phuen Phuen, Army has been taking a call on number of vehicles permitted through the Army-controlled area.
“The Munshithang Bridge suffereddamages in June earlier this year. To avoid the disruption during tourist season, Samdup Lepcha, area MLA and Roads & Bridges minister,had called a meeting with the senior officials of Army in September. Army highlighted few glitches during the meeting which the area MLA and the administration sorted out by putting the machines into operation.  The Army then assured to allow 150-200 tourist vehiclesthroughtheir area every day. However, the next day after the meeting, they allowed only 30 vehicles and on the third day, they allowed only 15 vehicles. On Thursday, they allowed the vehicles to pass by at 7pm despite reaching the designated point at 1pm. We are literally being harassed by the Army,”saidLachen Dzumsa Pipon Kunthup Lachenpa.
If GREF fails to start working on the restoration of the bridge within a week then the public of Lachen will come out on road, he said.
Another PiponGyatso Lachenpa stressed on how badly the situation will affect the economy of Lachen and the State in general.
“The Army’s non-cooperative attitude and GREF’s negligence is causing dis-balance in our tourism industry. We have package tour for the tourists and if we fail to take them to Gurudongmar Lake due to this issue then they might cancel the entire trip to North Sikkim which will portray bad impression of our State. We have loans for our vehicles and hotels which we will fail to pay on time if the situation continues,” he added.


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