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CM’s bid to streamline Gangtok traffic
A Correspondent
 GANGTOK, Jan 11 - Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang today chaired a meeting on traffic management in the State capital.

The meeting, held at the conference hall of the new Tashiling Secretariat here, was attended by Cabinet ministers, the Chief Secretary, the DGP, heads and representatives of government departments and other agencies concerned.

Members and representatives of civil societies and chambers of commerce were also present in the meeting.

The primary aim of the meeting was to discuss the traffic problems plaguing the State capital and their possible solutions.

The Chief Minister reiterated the State Government’s commitment to solving the problem of road congestion in the State capital. He was of the view that unless bold and concrete measures were initiated, the problem would remain unresolved.

He took note of the possible solutions that are being considered and explored by the government departments and agencies, and said that any project that is solution-oriented should be taken up immediately.

He said that solving problems faced by the general public is a top priority of the State Government, and strong measures would be taken to provide relief to the common citizens.

The Chief Minister looked at the possible alternate routes proposed to decongest the inner roads of Gangtok and suggested that certain roads could be made one-way.

He directed the government departments and agencies to carry out sensitisation drives and drills before implementing any major changes regarding vehicular movement in the State capital. He suggested relocation of some taxi stands and government services to the outskirts of the main town.

The Chief Minister proposed creation of tourist entry permit system to regulate the number of people visiting the State capital in order to reduce traffic congestion.

He also pitched for the idea of carpooling by government officials during peak tourist seasons and setting up of a committee to resolve the traffic problem.

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