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Gangtok roads to get a facelift

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 30, 2009

GANGTOK, 29 JUNE: City roads in Gangtok are set to get a facelift with the state urban development and housing department (UDHD) ready to undertake the maintenance of roads in and around the capital on a priority basis.
The coming work was announced by the state chief secretary Mr ND Chingapa after a coordination meeting of all secretaries and heads of departments held at the conference hall of the Tashiling Secretariat on Friday.
It was also announced in the meeting that the UDHD would first embark on repairing and concreting Nam Nang and other roads connecting the capital to the outside areas. The concreting of Sonam Tshering Marg would be tentatively taken up from 4 July, after which the road would be closed to traffic for four days. “Inconvenience to the public is highly regretted,” he said.
The meeting was chaired by the chief secretary, Mr ND Chingapa. This is the first coordination meeting to be held after the formation of the new government.
Representatives from the finance and revenue department also stressed that the revenue collection target should be accelerated. They said more effort is required to collect more and boost the state revenue. He also said that all pending advances are be settled expeditiously.
The meeting also reviewed important decisions taken during the meeting of the Council of Ministers and Legislators in Mintokgang on 23 May, 2009. Other issues discussed included the administration and functioning of the Regional Administrative Centre, as well as the Karfectar and Block Administrative Centres, the status of pending forest clearances, the drainage and sewerage system, the timely distribution of quality seeds, the cleanliness and maintenance of tourist destinations and the improvement of the health sector.
The chief secretary also reviewed the stock of essential commodities to meet requirements during the monsoon.

Source: The Statesman

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