Sikkim prepares itself for Darjeeling bandh

The Sikkim government has lined up 50 supply trucks to meet any emergencies in the transportation of essential commodities during the Darjeeling bandh.

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 00:19 AM IST

Gangtok: The Sikkim government has lined up 50 supply trucks to meet any emergencies in the transportation of essential commodities during the Darjeeling bandh.

While the GJM has exempted Sikkim vehicles plying on NH-31A from the purview of the bandh, private operators of passenger and public carriers have been hesitant to ply towards Siliguri.
"The Sikkim Nationalised Transport will be regulating the movement of these extra vehicles," transport secretary K T Chankapa said today.

The transport department has been meeting the supplies sought by the food and civil supplies department which requires more than 50 trucks per week to maintain balance at various food godowns in Sikkim.
All the vehicles will ply on the West Bengal side of NH-31A under police escort in a convoy, officials said.

PTI