As efforts are on to reconnect North Sikkim , troops of Trishakti Corps Indian Army along with BRO ITBP & locals of the area are undertaking extensive operations to restore connectivity. New foot bridges are being laid and restoration work is underway to reconnect Sikkim. In this context, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba, met and reviewed the situation in Sikkim.
The Chief Secretary, Sikkim joined the meeting through video conferencing. He informed that road connectivity has been established in most of the areas. He further informed that as a result of improvement in weather conditions, it has become possible to start evacuation and air lifting of stranded people. 80 people have been evacuated this morning. He also briefed the committee about the relief and rescue measures and said that 28 relief camps have been established and more than 6,800 people have taken shelter in them. Further, all essential supplies including food items, medicines and LPG are being supplied in affected areas.
DG, IMD informed the committee that weather forecast is likely to remain favorable from 11th to 13th October. DG, NDRF briefed the Committee that 6 teams have been deployed in the state for rescue and relief operations. Further, 3 reserve teams of NDRF are available on standby at Siliguri. Adequate number of teams and assets of Army and Air Force have been deployed to assist the state in rescue and restoration efforts.
Home Secretary said that that the situation is being monitored 24×7 by the Central Government at highest level. He informed the Committee that Inter Ministerial Coordination Team (IMCT) has reached Sikkim to take stock of the situation. Necessary additional central assistance is being released to the Government of Sikkim.
Reviewing relief and rescue measures of the Central Agencies and Government of Sikkim, the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba emphasized that the evacuation of people in shortest possible time should be the priority for Government of Sikkim and Central Agencies. Bailey Bridges should be launched on priority to restore road connectivity for the people where bridges have been washed away. The Cabinet Secretary assured that Central Government shall provide all possible support and assistance for the State.
The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary of Sikkim, Secretary, M/o Road Transport & Highways, Secretary, D/o Military Affairs, Member Secretary, NDMA, CISC IDS, DG NDRF, DGMO, DG IMD, DDG BRO and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence.