Sikkim CM blames BRO for failing to address NH 31A blockade

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Gangtok, Sep 12 (UNI) Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the poor maintenance of National Highway 31 A and other roads in Sikkim.

An official release here toady stated that the Chief Minister, in a letter to the Prime Minister, alleged that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) did not have adequate manpower and machinery to deal with landslides occurring frequently along National Highway 31A, the lifeline of Sikkim.

''The chief engineer of Project Dantak has failed to appreciate the problems facing NH 31A and other roads in Sikkim,'' Mr Chamling said.

NH 31 A had remained disrupted for more than two weeks following several landslides triggered by rainfall.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the BRO should be able to anticipate such mishaps, especially during monsoons and clear the debris immediately.

Mr Chamling sought the Prime Minister's intervention to mitigate the hardships of the people. He also requested Mr Singh to depute a central team to supervise the state of affairs and extent of damage along NH 31 A.

The Chief Minister also sent similar letters to the Home Minister and Shipping, Road Transport and Highway Minister.

UNI

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