Wednesday, November 14, 2007


GANGTOK, November 13: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed its dismay and discontentment on the slow pace of work being carried out at the MG Marg and Tibet Road here in the Capital.
Terming the recent modification of the MG Marg demanded by the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as “an unthinkable act,” especially in laying granite stone and putting removable flower pots, the BJP in a press release has stated that there is neither master plan prepared nor the tenure of the project has been estimated. The party has further questioned whether “such a change affected in the middle of the MG Marg project is done without review by a committee of experts or not.”
Stating that “the common people should not suffer due to the folly nature of the work undertaken by the government,” the BJP has demanded the Sikkim Democratic Front government to show the Blue print of the work in photograph or sketch and the same to be placed in the notice board at Titanic park, Civil Defence Office and on the State Urban Development and Housing Department notice-board.
The party has also demanded phase wise estimate of the project relevant with charts and the same to be published in all the local dailies for the information of the public. “Only then, the implementing body should as well obtain the opinion of the people,” the release states adding that such things are demanded in a democratic set up.
The BJP also states that the information is being sought from the Department via Right to Information Act.
According to the release, the State BJP has also sought information on the details of schemes undertaken so far from 1990 and schemes proposed to be undertaken in MG Marg, Tiber Road, Namnang Road, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang etc. that are under UD&HD, estimated cost of each item, tendered amount, amount at which the contract given /work accepted/done departmentally, completion time given and the exact date the work to be completed, penalty clause for delay, penalty clause to the department if timely payment not given to the contractor, source of fund for the projects, available fund in the budget and the head of account under which the fund made available and other relevant details as considered relevant.
“If the whole of Sikkim government machinery has no expert on Project planning using PERT and/or Gantt Chart, the BJP would also be willing to help so that the works in total is completed by mid December to end of December 2007,” the release adds.