New Delhi, September 8: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang laid the foundation stone of the Citizen’s Wellness Park at old STNM complex. The State Government, led by the Chief Minister, has initiated this unique and timely project, which is being carried out by Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC).

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister announced this project to be completed before the general elections 2024.

He further announced this park as a heartfelt tribute to late Chogyal Thutob Namgyal which upon its inauguration,will proudly bear the name – Chogyal Thutob Namgyal Memorial Wellness Park, ensuring that his legacy lives on and his valuable contributions are forever remembered.

“The historic STNM Hospital, with its timeless presence, has silently observed the evolution of our city. We envision it as a sanctuary of wellness, a haven of nature, and a guardian of our heritage. The old structure shall be retrofitted and refurbished, maintaining its ethnicity”, he further added.

“In the midst of rapid urbanization, our city has experienced unprecedented growth. Therefore, this park holds the key in shaping a brighter future for our beloved city which shall serve as a hub for community gatherings and social interactions amongst the senior citizens as well as the young, enhancing our sense of unity and cohesion”, shared the Chief Minister.

Chief Minister expressed his firm belief that once the park is completed and accessible to the public, it will effortlessly fulfill its primary purpose of enhancing the well-being of our citizens. Furthermore, it will serve as a symbol of our commitment to preserve our heritage and culture, ensuring that these priceless elements of our Sikkimese identity thrive for generations to come, he said.

“Our government has ambitious plans to construct similar facilities in Gangtok and other areas across the state, with the goal of benefiting both the environment and our people and we wholeheartedly seek your continued support for these meaningful endeavors”, added the Chief Minister.

GMC aims to complete this nature inspired project, set up at 2 acre land within four months housing a Senior Citizen’s Club with facilities for Indoor games and a Library for seniors. For mothers and young children, an Indoor Playroom and Lactating Room with Breastfeeding Pods are also proposed in the same building. The ground floor will house a Cafeteria and restroom facilities. The park will feature a Physical Health and Fitness Zone, offering activities like rubberised jogging area, zero staircase approach and open gym facilities.

Earlier, members from Gangtok Municipal Corporation felicitated the Chief Minister for his farsighted vision and continuous support rendered for the upliftment of the citizens.

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