Sikkim, 26th October: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday commissioned ‘Alternate Alignment Gangtok – Nathula Road’ constructed by the Army’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Sikkim, through video conferencing from the Headquarters of 33 Corps in Sukna, Darjeeling.

Today I am happy to dedicate the partial alternate route of National Highway-310 to the people of Sikkim. NH-310 connecting Gangtok to ‘Nathu La’ is the lifeline of the people bordering eastern Sikkim. By constructing 19.35 km long alternate route of National Highway-310, BRO has fulfilled the aspirations of the Army and residents of East Sikkim,” Singh expressed while attending the inauguration of road built by BRO in Sikkim.

“Most of the border roads of Sikkim are being upgraded by BRO to double layout of this, 65 km of road construction work is in progress in East Sikkim, and 55 km of road construction is under the action plan. The construction of a 225 km double lane road to ‘Mangan-Chugthang-Eumsemdong’ and ‘Chuganthang-Lachen-Jima-Muguthang-Nakula’ is planned under the Bharatmala project in North Sikkim. These works are planned in 9 packages with an estimated cost of Rs 5,710 crores,” he told.

Defence Minister also comprehended the efforts of the Sikkim Government.

Defence Minister also conducted ‘Shastra Puja’ at Sukna War Memorial in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane also attended the event.

Sikkim Chief minister Prem Singh Tamang also attended the meeting via video call and expressed his feeling on Twitter by tweeting, “ I participated in the inauguration of the Alternative alignment of National Highway 310 from Gangtok to Nathula by Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh Ji via live video. This is a welcomed move and will assist our forces in days to come.

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