GANGTOK: Lt Geri Harpal Singh, AVSM,VSM Director General of Border Roads Organisation (DGBR) visited Sikkim from June 26 to 28. He inspected all ongoing infrastructure works on the Eastern Border and expressed satisfaction over the pace of works. He lauded the efforts of the personnel involved in ‘Project Swastik’ in maintaining the required speed of construction in the border region despite inclement weather conditions and high altitude terrain that pose serious challenge to efficiency of men and machine. He exhorted the workforce to adopt modern methods and machineries to achieve better productivity. He also asked the Chief Engineer to carry out trials of new and innovative construction materials in stabilizing hill slopes and road sub bases. He advised to mechanize works and adopt new surface dressing machine to expedite pace of repair works in bad stretches.
Earlier the DGBR called on Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang and apprised him of the various strategic road works being executed by BRO in Sikkim. He also said that in view of the importance of Sikkim as a border State, more funds have been earmarked for road upgradation in the ensuing financial year. He also informed that very soon the BRO would commence construction/upgradation of three roads (with a total length of 158 Km) in North Sikkim under the Bharatmala scheme, stated a release.
The DGBR also reviewed the work progress of the JNM road (Gangtok-Nathula) and exhorted the ground executives to put in concerted efforts to ensure that the realignment portion of the road is completed in this financial year. He also monitored and reviewed works on roads in North Sikkim and called upon the ground executives during a conference held with Task Force Commanders at Gangtok on June 27 to relentlessly work towards achieving a smooth riding surface on all roads, adopting modern construction technology and materials. He also motivated casual paid laborers to work towards speedy achievement of road construction targets. The DGBR during his visit conferred commendation cards to five deserving officers for their devotion to works.