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Rains cause landslide in JN Marg, places inaccessible

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 3, 2009

GANGTOK, 2 AUG.: Torrential overnight rains triggering a mudslide along the Jawaharlal Nehru (JN) Marg stretch at 17th Mile near Kyongsala has rendered Nathula border, Changu lake and Baba Mandir inaccessible till further notice.
The road leading to the above tourism spots is reported to have been completely washed near Mandakini Falls during the landslides, which occurred in the wee hours on Saturday. The landslide also claimed the life of a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) labourer working as a machine man. The incessant downpour and landslides have forced the tourists to call off tours to the eminent tourist spots like Changu, Nathula and Baba mandir.
The locals have attributed the slide to the cutting of the JN Marg by the BRO on its road-widening project. “These have left most of the lands fragile and vulnerable to slides,” they alleged. “None of the vehicles plying to Tsogmo Lake and Baba Mandir will be allowed until the restoration process is over”, said the police officials, adding that the weather conditions might delay it further.

Source:The Statesman


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