Sikkim: CM names lake formed due to landslide as blessing lake
GANGTOK: The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Chamling on Monday named the lake formed by the massive landslide as "Thekyong Tek Blessing Lake" . He paid a visit to Mantam village at upper Dzongu which was affected by a massive landslide on the August 13. He was accompanied by Dy. Speaker cum area MLA, Dzongu, Cabinet Ministers, Chairpersons, Zilla Adhakshya and Zilla Up-Adhakshya, Secretaries of various departments, DC and SP North and other officials from departments.
During his visit he was briefed on the technical aspects of the landslide dam by the various experts. He also interacted with the NDRF personnel and then proceeded to Lingthem Gumpa where he attended a puja which was being performed by 108 venerable lamas from all over North Sikkim for the protection and well being of Dzongu and the entire State. He also handed over the Ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to the 19 affected households and also sanctioned various demands of the people of Dzongu.
The public of Dzongu also appealed CM to retain the artificial lake formed by the massive landslide for touristic purpose. CM on addressing the demand directed the officials to keep the lake as it is for few months and observe and monitor the strength of the landslide dam, later if the lake is proven to be stable it could become a tourist destination and provide an alternative source of livelihood to the people of Dzongu. He also named the lake "Thekyong Tek Blessing Lake" .
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