Thursday, November 26, 2009
GYALSHING, November 26: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today called upon all the people to uphold peace and religious harmony in the State.
Mr. Chamling said this while laying the foundation stone of 130 ft tall statue of Chenrezig, the Lord Buddhist Lord of Compassion to be built near Sanghachoeling monastery in Pelling, West Sikkim.
The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by the MLAs of West District during the ceremony said, this statue to be built with a fund of Rs. 113 crores would be one of the tallest structures in the world.
“We want Sikkim to grow as one of the pilgrimage tourist destinations and I am hopeful that the statue would attract more numbers of international devotees,” the CM said in his brief address.
He said, the vision of the SDF government is to promote and preserve religious and communal harmony in Sikkim and that he added would be possible once the people realize their roles and responsibilities towards the State.
Mr. Chamling also announced that the world’s tallest statue of Buddha Shakyamuni would be built in the years to come after the establishing of ITI and several training centres in the District. More religious institutions such as Church, monasteries, temples, Mangkhims, etc will also be built, he said while announcing that a meditation centre would be constructed in West Sikkim to promote Buddhist literature and culture.
At the same time, the CM on seeing the road conditions of West Sikkim assured for its immediate renovation.
Later in the evening, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly built tunnel of NHPC at Reshi, West Sikkim