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NHIDCL to build 250km-long new highway to link Sikkim

Infra News - Published on Tue, 05 Jun 2018

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The Telegraph reported that the National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) will build a 250km new road from NH31C near Bagrakote to Gangtok in Sikkim. The road will be an alternative road to Sikkim which is now linked with the rest of India through NH10 that is out of bounds for vehicles during the monsoon because of landslides. NHIDCL will begin construction work this year.

The project was approved by the Centre in 2015.

NH10 starts from Sevoke near Siliguri and ends in Gangtok via Melli and Rangpo.

A source said that “The NHIDCL has already obtained some of the clearances and engaged contractors and consultants to start the work on the Bengal side. The civil work has started along a stretch in Sikkim. Preparations for the project report are in progress with regard to some other stretches.”

The alternative highway will pass through Algarah and Lava to reach Rishi (on the Bengal-Sikkim border) from where it would connect Rhenock, Rorathang, Pakyong and Ranipool before terminating in Gangtok.

The NHIDCL has taken up two other important projects which will facilitate the movement of vehicles in north Bengal and Sikkim. One is a 1.8km-long viaduct at Rangpo, the Sikkim town that borders Bengal. Although there is a bailey bridge over the Rangpo river on the border, vehicles are stuck on either side for long.

A source said that “That is why a viaduct (a bridge-like structure with small spans) has been planned. It can help in smooth movement of traffic, particularly heavy vehicles.”

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Tue, 05 Jun 2018
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