Gangtok: Massive landslides due to incessant rainfall in the past couple of days have hit several places in Sikkim. Some vehicles have been damaged due to the landslides, but no casualty has been reported so far.
On Friday, NH-10 was blocked for several hours on the Singtam-Rangpo stretch near Martam Gref (Martam Pairo) due to which vehicles travelling to Siliguri and Darjeeling had to make a detour via Rumtek-Martam.
“The road was blocked due to heavy rainfall at ‘Martam Pairo’ due to which vehicles had to travel via Rumtek-Martam to reach Siliguri and Darjeeling. Personnel of Singtam Police and NHIDCL [ National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd] were present on the field looking after the restoration of the road for the convenience of public. The road was opened after 3 pm. Two to three vehicles were damaged due to the landslides. As a part of precautionary measures due to landslides, the district administration has asked commuters to take alternative routes for safety. Drivers are also requested to maintain traffic rules properly while driving,” said Singtam SHO Santa Bahadur Gurung.
Informing that the district administration has requested the departments concerned to keep an alert to foil any eventuality, East Sikkim DC Kapil Meena said, “As the rainfall receded, the situation is under control. Roads within Gangtok at Penlong and Sochaygang were also damaged but were restored immediately after we received information. Oil tankers are our priority, so we will try to reach them here as soon as the Setijhora landslide clears.”
Meanwhile, the Indian Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in state for the next two-three days.
State minister for roads and bridges, Samdup Lepcha, has expressed deep concern over the damages caused to state roads due to continuous rainfall and inconvenience faced by the public. He, however, assured people to restore all roads of the state with quality work after monsoon.
Siliguri Mainline Taxi Drivers Syndicate Operators informed that the commuters were undergoing severe problem while travelling from siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong to Gangtok and vice versa. The vehicles are taking route of Darjeeling to reach Siliguri whereas to reach Gangtok, the vehicles are plying through Pakyong or Saang Martam route.
There has been an increase in the fares too but the duration of travel is making the passengers suffer.
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