GANGTOK: Since June, National Highway 10 in Gangtok was cut off due to a landslide at Seesa Golai. Finally, the Highway will reopen for two-way traffic from Monday.
Last Monday, the road was opened for one-way traffic uphill. The diversion from Nam Nang Road and Sichey by-pass route served as an alternative for the past one month.
Commuters had been especially feeling the trouble of taking longer routes to reach town with alternative routes and extra kilometres delaying the commute. In due course, taxi drivers also made the most out of the cut off, charging exorbitant fares to reach different locations in Gangtok owing to the diversion.
On Sunday, Upper Tadong MLA GT Dhungel, who serves as an advisor to roads and bridges department, carried out a final survey along with engineers to see the progress of road development. Legislator Dhungel, a former bureaucrat from the same department, stated, “The route has been functional for one-way traffic since last week, from tomorrow, two way traffic will be functional. During the course of the cut off, commuters in Gangtok have been hardships in commuting. We apologise for the inconveniences but here now we are confident that the construction has gone well and road will be functional from tomorrow.”
The landslide also posed a threat to a few of the houses that were at the risk of being pulled downhill by the landslide and incessant rainfall during the current season. “The work carried out by the roads and bridges department has been that of quality and there is no grave threat to the houses nearby, we also completed the restoration work in record time,” Dhungel assured.
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