Thursday, May 31, 2007

WIDENING ROAD: PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR TSHONGU LAKE


WIDENING ROAD: PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR TSHONGU LAKE
Gangtok, May 31: Keeping in view the apprehension expressed by the Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling a few day back, regarding the disposal of excavated soil during the widening of the Gangtok Nathula Road which is likely to damage the Tshongu Lake. Tshongu being a sacred lake is very important not only from the "sentiment" point of view but it is also a hot spot tourist destination which needs to be conserved and protected by all means. Therefore, to access on the spot assessment and initiate precautionary measures, a team of officials led by Minister Commerce & Industries, R.B. Subba, Minister Roads & Bridges, D.T. Lepcha, Secretary Commerce & Industries, Roads & Bridges and other Senior Govt. Officials visited Tshongu Lake today i.e. on 30th May, 2007. During the inspection, officials from B.R.O. & ITBP were also present.
Commanding Officer 87 RCC apprised the team about the expansion and widening of the Nathula Road which has recently started. He said that necessary steps to avoid environmental degradation have been taken. Regarding the excavated soil he said that two dumping sites have been chosen duly approved by the Forest Department is Sherathang Helipad and Harayana Bend.