GANGTOK: Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay believes Pakyong can become the second capital of Sikkim.

On the occasion of the Pakyong District Administration Centre’s inauguration at Pachey in Pakyong District, Golay suggested promoting Pakyong as it was close to state capital Gangtok and had ample land for expansion as the next capital.

“Gangtok has reached the level of development in infrastructure that there is no new land or space for future expansion. A new place can be developed as we want it. The district already has the Pakyong airport along with Railway connectivity coming up in Majhitar in the district. It becomes the duty of not just the District Magistrate or the District Superintendent of Police but all the people of the district,” CM Golay said while addressing the public at St. Xavier’s School ground on Thursday.

The Chief Minister further pushed for the digital development of the district, with the administration working on a paperless module with door-to-door connectivity with the people, which the Chief Minister claimed to be ‘transparent’.

“The development that will be ushered in the district in terms of infrastructure development or any other kind should be done keeping in mind for the next 20 years. We are keen on converting the current Pakyong Primary Health Centre into a District Hospital,” the CM said.

CM Golay also highlighted how the district demand for both Pakyong and Soreng in West Sikkim was a long pending demand. He said, “It was the people’s demand that led to the formation of the two districts. In the previous government, the district demand was used as a political tool around the time of elections. The demand was placed multiple times but was denied despite many grievances of people, denying people of their rights,” the CM said.

Earlier in the day, Pakyong District Magistrate Tashi Choppel said the district is spread across 403.92 square kilometres and has a population of 74,583 people as per the 2011 census.

The district includes subdivisions of Pakyong, Rongli, and Rangpo sub-divisions. There are five constituencies under the district which include Gnathang-Machong, Namcheybong, Rhenock, West Pendam, and Chujachen constituencies along with 11 revenue circles and 43 gram panchayat units. There are 136 government schools along with 5 Primary Health Centres and 31 Primary Health Sub Centres.

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