Gangtok: Less than a year after an ambitious ‘skywalk’ was inaugurated in Pelling — a popular tourist hub — in West Sikkim district, cracks have apparently developed in a portion of the transparent glass structure that leads to the 137-ft Chenrezig Statue near Sanga Choeling. Access to that side of the skywalk has been apparently been barred for now, said reports.
However, an official of the state building and housing department said that the glass used in the skywalk is made up of three layers. “So despite the crack in one of them, the other two layers will protect the structure. However, looking at the safety of the visitors, the walkway access towards that particular side has been stopped for now,” the official added.
The department is now trying to find out the root cause of the crack, as it may have occurred due to multiple reasons such as heavy access of traffic on the glass; some heavy thing might have dropped on it; or disposition of glass during the time of its fitting.
Apart from all these possibilities, one worker had dropped hammer on it during the time of construction, the official said. “The report is under process and will be sent to the company after which the restoration will start,” officials involved in the construction and maintenance of the project said.
The Chenrezig Skywalk in Pelling, popularly known as Sikkim Skywalk, was built at a length of approximately of 200 ft and with a height of 55 ft at its highest point.
It is a part of the Chenrezig Shingkham Riwo Potala project, located near Sanga Choeling monastery hill top and about 1.5 km from Pelling town in West Sikkim district. It was inaugurated in November last year by former chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling.