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Chidambaram assures early NH 31 reopening

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 18, 2009

GANGTOK, 17 JULY: The Union home minister, Mr P Chidambaram has assured early re-opening of the National Highway 31A, which has been caught up in the GJMM sponsored indefinite Darjeeling bandh, inconveniencing the people of the Himalayan state to the extreme.
The Union minister’s assurance was made to the Sikkim MP Mr PD Rai after the MP drew the Home minister’s attention towards the hardship being faced by the people of Sikkim due to the holding up of the highway by the GJMM.
Mr Rai and the Sikkim Rajya Sabha MP Mr OT Lepcha urged Mr Chidambaram to increase the size of the helicopter that flew between Sikkim and Bagdogra to tide over emergencies. Mr Chidambaram assured them the Centre was keeping a close watch on the situation in the Darjeeling hills and Sikkim.
Meanwhile, the state Food & Civil Supplies minister Mr DB Thapa has assured that his department was alert to the situation arising out of the bandh in the Darjeeling hills. He assured there was no shortage of essential commodities in the state.
A release from the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) informs that Mr Thapa has appealed the people not to panic while reiterating that his department and the government would not allow shortage of essential commodities and price hike in the bazaars.
The minister informed that his department has stocked up food grains and other essential commodities for the month of July.

Source: The Statesman

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