Saturday, May 17, 2008

Distance from Gangtok to Siliguri will be covered in about 40 minutes

Gangtok May 14: Star Universal Resource Company Inc an American company with its head quarters in New York,who specializes in making express high ways, tunnels Airports world over made a presentation on Sevok-Gangtok -Nathula express way to the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling at Chintan Bhawan here in the capital.
The company who will also finance the entire project, said that the total cost of this express highway will come to about Rs 1550 Corores.
The express highway will have tunnels and bridges with two lanes and the slope of the tunnel will be less than 3 % and it will be all weather concrete roads, open round the clock.
Before coming here this project was presented to Minister DONER Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer, and only about 30 km of the high way will be in West Bengal and the company has already got the approval from the government of West Bengal for it
It will have 10 tunnels and same number of bridges and when this express high way will completed the distance from Gangtok to Siliguri will be covered in about 40 minutes.
About 12 months will be required for survey and 36 months for putting up the bridges and tunnels from Sevok to Gangtok.
The entry points of the tunnel will be in Pakyong and Rangpo, as and when the government of Sikkim will give consent to the project we'll start the work said Mr. Golshair from Austria who was representing the company.
Chief Minister Mr. Chamling who showed interest in the project and said that he'd like to come to an aggrement with the company as soon as possible..
The meeting was attended by the Minister Roads and bridges and other cabinet ministers, Chief Secretary Addl Chief Secretary, secretaries from the concerned officials of BRO and 17 Mountain divisions were also present for this presentation.