Press Release

CHIEF MINISTER CONVENES MEETING WITH DELEGATION FROM ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Information & Public Relations Department

Date: 12-Feb-2024
Gangtok, Feb 12 (IPR): Chief Minister Mr Prem Singh Tamang convened a meeting with a delegation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today to discuss the progress and future plans for the Integrated, Climate Resilient, and Sustainable Urban Development Project for Sikkim.
The ADB team, led by Mr Manoj Sharma, Director, and Mr Hikaru Shoji, Senior Urban Development Specialist, engaged in detailed discussions alongside Mr Bhavesh Kumar, Senior Project Officer and consultants Mr Akshat Jain and Mr Jayakumar Vivakaran.
The meeting focused on the comprehensive development of various towns under the project. The ADB team provided insights into the project's intricacies and shared their observations from recent site visits to Rangpo and Singtam.
Stressing on the importance of adopting a holistic approach to urban infrastructure planning, the discussion focused on crucial aspects such as climate resilience, integration, and sustainability.
Chief Minister Mr Prem Singh Tamang highlighted the urgency of prompt action, directing officials to initiate the projects with the full cooperation and commitment of the state government.
The meeting signifies a pivotal step towards fostering collaboration between the state government and international development partners, reaffirming the commitment to address urban development challenges and enhance the quality of life for residents in Sikkim.
The deliberations concluded with a consensus on the need for concerted efforts to ensure the successful implementation of the urban development projects, aligning with the state's vision for sustainable growth and resilience in the face of climate challenges.
Also present during the meeting were Mr LB Das, Minister, Urban Development Department, Government of Sikkim, Mr MT Sherpa, Secretary UDD, Mr Chetraj Mishra, Principal Chief Engineer, Mr Bhupendra Kothari, Chief Engineer, Mr Deepankar Lama, Nodal Officer and Mr Niranjan Kapil, Urban Planner.
- Report from DIO Gangtok