Gangtok, July 08: The 100 traders from Sikkim who
went across Nathula to the Renquinggang trade mart in the
Tibet autonomous region soon after the pass was reopened for
Indo-China border trade on Friday have came back satisfied
with the infrastructure put up there.
The pass was reopened after 44 years of closure on July
Motilal Lakhotia, one of the leading businessmen of
Sikkim who had a shop at Latung in Tar before the closure of
the route in 1962, said the trade mart at Requinggang had all
the basic amenities.
"Accommodation for at least 10-12 traders for their
overnight stay, restaurants, tea stalls, clean restrooms,
proper water supply, a bank and attractive counters displaying
items of trade are all there at the trade mart," Lakhotia said
adding that he found the facilities there beyond his
The president of the Sikkim Chamber of Commerce S K
Sarda who was also among the group described the facilities at
Renquinggang trade mart as 'very modern'.
"With 28 spanking new shops and a number of telephone
booths, the trade mart at Renquinggang has a very modern
appeal," Sarda told reporters.
Former president of the travel agents association of
Sikkim Paljor Lachungpa, who was also among the group found
the trade mart 'beautifully made'.
Though grateful to their counterparts at Renquinggang for
their warm treatment, traders from here could not communicate
much due to language problem.