YOWAN MOTHAY, EOI, KALIMPONG, JUNE 14, 2024: The Kalimpong district administration on Friday convened an emergency meeting to tackle the Teesta disaster. The meeting took place at the Tourist Lodge in Chitre. Kalimpong Block-1 BDO Simrul Islam, Sabasad Sinora Namchu, Block-1 Panchayat Committee Chairman Mamata Gurung and other officials of PWD and NHPC were present at the meeting.

After the first phase of the administrative meeting was held at the tourist hut in Chitre, the officials held a meeting with the flood victims at the community center in Teesta in the second phase. During the meeting, the flood victims presented their grievances to the authorities. BDO Simrul Islam informs about the initiatives taken by the government for the people of

Teesta said the effects of the floods that occurred in the Teesta area on October 4 were still lingering. Therefore, the demand of the Teesta flood victims was a protective wall and compensation.

“In the past, during the administrative meeting convened by the Chief Minister in Kurseong, we had provided compensation to 270 families affected by Teesta flood,” he said. Besides, 104 families affected by Teesta flood would get NHPC compensation soon after the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration inspected the area, he said.

Moreover, he said that the Kalimpong District Collector has written to the PWD to increase the height of the road from under Teesta Bridge to Ravi Jhoda and the work would start soon. He also said that the families who had already received compensation from NHPC had been informed that they would no longer receive compensation through NHPC.

In the afternoon, the PWD officials, senior engineers, Kalimpong District Magistrate Balasubramaniam T and Kalimpong District Superintendent of Police Srihari Pandey inspected Teesta Bridge, Ravi Jhoda, Likhubhir and other flood-affected areas.

Balasubramaniam T informed that the ongoing works would be inspected and short and long term actions would be planned to improve the safety of the sections of NH-10.