statesman news service
GANGTOK, 3 JUNE: The Bharatiya Janata Party has slammed the Centre for neglecting infrastructure build-up in Sikkim despite China increasingly showing border belligerence. The party&’s national spokesperson, Mr Prakash Javadekar who led the visit of the parliamentary committee on defence to the Indo-China border at Nathula in East Sikkim raised the charge. He also criticised the state government for not doing much in bolstering infrastructure in the strategically sensitive state.
The parliamentary team, he said, had visited the Indo-China border at Nathula to get a clear picture of infrastructure developments on both sides early Sunday morning.
Asked on their findings, he said: “We will submit a report to the Parliament and it is only after it is submitted things will be clear to all”.
“The Centre keeps neglecting Sikkim. What is needed for this landlocked state is good means of communication. The National Highway 31-A remains in bad shape, the proposed Airport keeps hanging for years, the rail link has not seen any progress beyond Bhoomi Pujan. No allocation has been made in this year&’s rail Budget. The Centre should be more active in implementing the long pending connectivity projects ~ rail, road and air. This is what should be the priority for a real developmental roadmap involving the landlocked, yet strategically important state,” he said. According to the BJP leader, the Pawan Chamling government is not making full use of funds for development schemes. "Both the Centre and the state government have failed Sikkim&’s people. Sikkim deserves better,” the BJP leader added.

The Centre keeps neglecting Sikkim. What is needed for this landlocked state is good means of communication. The National Highway 31-A remains in bad shape, the proposed Airport keeps hanging for years, the rail link has not seen any progress beyond Bhoomi Pujan’