Thursday, November 26, 2009
GANGTOK, November 26: A proposal for an alternate highway from Chalsa to Gangtok, via Khonya more-Lhaldhaka-Tode-Rachella-Aritar-Rangpo-Ranipol along with a link to Menla has been approved by Government ‘in-principle’ on November 28, 2008 at an estimated of Rs. 183 lakh for preparation of detail project report (DPR) by Border Road Organisation has also been sanctioned by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in May, 2009.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways RPN Singh said this in response to a question posed by Sikkim MP, Rajya Sabha OT Lepcha.
In his reply, Mr. Singh said, since the proposal is at DPR stage, it is too early to indicate the date by which the proposed alternate highway would be completed.
Earlier, the Sikkim MP had sought to know whether an alternative Highway for Sikkim apart from NH-31A has been approved previously and if so the details of its route and progress made in this regard and its completion