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Will establish Rangpo as a warehouse centre to stop losing GST: CM
GANGTOK,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Saturday said the Sikkim government will establish Rangpo as a warehouse centre to prevent the State from losing GST share.
“We will develop Rangpo as a warehouse centre. Sikkim is losing GST as there are no warehouses in the State. Sikkim is not getting its due revenue as all materials are being supplied from Siliguri. By making Rangpo a warehouse centre, all the companies and pharma units can keep their stock here and GST will come to Sikkim,” said the Chief Minister. He was speaking to media after a daylong inspection of areas in and around Rangpo, the border town of Sikkim adjoining West Bengal.
After his tour, Golay said another major issue of Rangpo was lack of adequate parking space in the border town. We will work to create more parking spaces in Rangpo, he said.
Rangpo witnesses a bustling vehicular movement daily as it is the main entry-exit point for east and north districts of Sikkim to neighbouring West Bengal. The town also does good business as travellers halt to rest and eat before continuing their journey.
However, Rangpo business community fear that the town will lose its prominence and business once the via-duct undertaken by NHDICL is completed. The one-km long bridge is coming up just before main Rangpo bazaar and will completely bypass the town to reach the West Bengal side of Rangpo. This concern was shared by the local residents to the Chief Minister during his tour.
Speaking to media, Golay said Rangpo bazaar residents have the fear of losing their business once the bridge is completed as vehicles would prefer to use the bridge instead of taking a round of Rangpo town. “They need not to fear. Once the bridge is completed, we will allow only heavy vehicles and goods carriers to use the bridge while taxis and tourist vehicles have to pass through the Rangpo town stretch. This arrangement will prevent traffic congestion and also ensure that business continues in Rangpo,” he said.
Regarding the delayed under-construction railway line from Sevoke to Rangpo, the Chief Minister said all required land transfer and NOCs to the Railways have been given by the Sikkim government. The delay is not from the Sikkim government’s side, it is due to external issues, he said.
Golay mentioned that there were several civic and infrastructural problems in Rangpo which would be addressed by the State government. The residents of Rangpo had approached the previous government several times but their problems were not resolved, he said.