Monday, October 29, 2007



Sikkim CM dissatisfied with slow pace of work
GANGTOK, October 27: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today sprung a surprise today by turning up at the MG Marg here for an on-the-spot inspection of the heart of the Capital town.
Accompanied by Mrs. Tika Maya Chamling, Minister Urban Development and Housing Department DD Bhutia, Minister Sikkim Nationalised Transport Menlom Lepcha, MLAs Kunga Zangpo, BB Ramu Damu, NK Pradhan and other Departmental officials, Mr. Chamling, surveyed and inspected the on going construction and the beautification work along the MG Marg.
And Mr. Chamling was certainly not impressed. He was quick to express his dissatisfaction towards the slow pace of work, which started more than six months ago.
Not happy with either the pace of work or the way it has been executed, Mr. Chamling directed the Engineers and Departmental officials to ensure that the quality of the work is not compromised in any ways.
“We want to make Gangtok a world class model town and no stone should be left unturned to make it this vision a reality,” the Chief Minister said to the officials while interacting with them at newly constructed Civil Defence Office in front of the Tourism Department. He said that MG Marg being the main Commercial hub of Gangtok, its ugly look would give a negative impression to the tourists who visit Sikkim annually.
“Double the man-power, make them work hard and spent more. The only condition is that the work should be of top class and quality,” Mr. Chamling told the concerned departmental officials.
He also directed the engineers from UD & HD to convert the road from the Titanic Park to the Star Cinema Hall to a uniform level. He also expressed his opinion that large flowerpots should be placed along the divider which will give a different look to the Marg. “It can be removed at the time when we have to organize meetings and functions,” he opined.
He also directed the officials to lay granite stones in order to give the Marg a cobbled look. Mr. Chamling made it a point that there should be more pay and use public toilets in and around the MG Marg.
The CM verbally directed the SP East to stop the parking of any vehicles during the daytime from the Titanic Park to Kiran Dry Cleaners with effect from today. “We have constructed several car parks in Gangtok, which the people can make use of,” he said.
Mr. Chamling also pulled up the Business community here for not supporting the Government in its efforts towards making MG Marg an idle destination for the tourists. “We even want the business community to co-operate with us in our mission to beautify Gangtok,” he said.
The concerned departmental officials were given strict instructions to complete the work of beautifying Gangtok by March 2008 before the International Flower Festival, which is going to be held next year here.