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Sikkim braces for Darjeeling bandh starting this weekend

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Siliguri, August 02, 2013
First Published: 00:26 IST(2/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:28 IST(2/8/2013)

The Sikkim government has stepped up efforts to keep public life unaffected in the wake of an indefinite shutdown in neighbouring Darjeeling district beginning on Saturday. The shutdown has been called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to revive the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.


All administrative measures, including rationing of essential commodities, were discussed at a meeting chaired by Sikkim chief secretary R Ongmu in Gangtok on Wednesday.

Sikkim is completely dependent for its supplies and connection with the rest of the country on National Highway 31A, which runs through the Darjeeling hills. This highway connects Gangtok with Siliguri and runs through Kalimpong sub-division of Darjeeling district.

The Sikkim police chief, secretaries of the home, transport, food and civil supplies departments and the chief engineer of the Border Roads Organisation attended the meeting.

Ongmu instructed the senior officials to stock sufficient amounts of essential commodities like foodgrains, petrol, diesel, LPG anda vegetables. 

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With HTC, Chennai

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