Stranded tourists rescued in Sikkim

28 tourists, who were stranded on the Jawaharlal Nehru Road between the 13th and 17th mile yesterday after landslides cut off road link between the state capital and the North Sikkim were on Tuesday rescued, official sources said.

Updated: Jun 01, 2010, 17:26 PM IST

Gangtok: Twenty-eight tourists, who were
stranded on the Jawaharlal Nehru Road between the 13th and
17th mile yesterday after landslides cut off road link between
the state capital and the North Sikkim were on Tuesday rescued,
official sources said.
The 28 tourists were rescued and evacuated to Gangtok
today, the sources said.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Road goes to Tsomgo and Nathula, one
of the most sought after tourist destinations in the state.

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) sources said that heavy
rains and landslides had cut off the road link between Gangtok
and the North district.

"We will clear the smaller slides by this evening,
however, the North Sikkim highway is blocked at B1 where a
portion of a bridge has collapsed and also at B2 where another
major slide has taken a major portion of the road," informed
an official of the BRO.
The alternative highway to North Sikkim via Singtam in
East Sikkim was also blocked at various places.

The BRO official said the North Sikkim link road shall
be open by tomorrow.

PTI