New Delhi, 27 September: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang visited Samten Choeling monastery, Lachung, North Sikkim today. He offered prayers in the monastery and met and interacted with the monks.
He also inspected the meditation hall which is under construction in the premises of the monastery. Assuring support from the government, CM directed the concerned administration to complete the construction at the earliest. It may be mentioned that the project is funded by the state government and the Border Area Development Programme, RDD.
Thereafter, Chief Minister PS Tamang laid the foundation stone of CHO-LUNG-TRUL-SUM, at Theechi, Lachung. The Chief Minister was joined by Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, senior officers of the State Government and Pipons of Lachung. Pipons are the heads of the Dzumsa system which is the unique and traditional administrative institution of the villages of Lachen and Lachung in North Sikkim, in place of Panchayati Raj system.
The CHO-LUNG-TRUL-SUM project with the estimated cost of approx 80.84 cr, constitutes mainly of the 85′ tall majestic stupa of Guru Padmasambhava along with various other infrastructures including meditation hall, chimee lakhang, amphitheatre, gazebo, souvenir shop, shopping street and other amenities. The objectives of the project is the continuity of natural and cultural conservation and preservation and its scope in ecotourism.
Subsequently, the Chief Minister interacted with the members of the drivers’ association of Lachung and stressed on the need for trained drivers in order to dispense quality service to the public and also to maintain good public relations for further development in tourism sector. Issues regarding sewerage, proper tourism guidelines and suggestions for ropeway were also set forth.
The Chief Minister is in North Sikkim since Monday for the Janta Bhet Karyakram. During the four-day visit, the CM will interact with each member of the public in various constituencies, listening to their problems and grievances and providing on-the-spot solutions.