Sunday, June 17, 2007

Gangtok Amdogolai Landslide slips again

In between Tadong and Deorali of East Sikkim, Indira Bye-pass is situated, which starts right from Amdo Golai and joints the road at Sichey,District court and Palzor Stadium Road, Gangtok. Many private buildings have been built ever since Indira bye-pass road opened in late 1990. Owing to overgrowing traffic system, the bye-pass was constructed and opened but at the same time construction in and around the road at private land took place. Since a week ago, the rock near Amdo Golai started to crack and slip with mud after incessant rainfall.
A huge boulder slipped all of a sudden at Amdo Golai in the morning of June 13.Huge boulders from a hill next to the traffic point at Amdo Golai, about two km from here, came tumbling down on the bypass injuring traffic constable Chabilal Chettri and blocking traffic along the route around 4.30PM in same day.

However,the Border Roads Organisation personnel and other state agencies cleared the road on emergency action plan and Siliguri-bound vehicles restarted using route again but constant rain again started slide and slip of landslide which finally once again gave away against nature's fury against unplanned concrete jungle resulting the massive damage and blockade on roads again on saturady June16.

the Saturday's landslide further deteriorated the condition of the area. If the landslides occur more frequently, there is every possibility that the buildings can collapse any time. After much efford the raod was cleared a few days back, but the landslide which frequented made the restoration work more complicated. The area MLA and Minister Menlom Lepcha visited the spot and studied the gravity of the situation.