Kalimpong, April 24: Kalimpong Municipality has agreed to hand over the maintenance of all the roads leading to Durpin to the army .
The total stretch of roads is 18.8 km. The army has a station in Durpin, 3 km from the town centre.
The decision regarding the hand-over was taken at a joint meeting held here today and attended by representatives of the civic board, the army, the subdivisional administration and Kalimpong Engineering Division, which maintained the roads till a year ago.
“The unanimous view was that the roads may be transferred to the army subject approval from the administrator of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (that is Subash Ghisingh) and the Bengal municipal affairs department,” said municipality chairman C.K. Kumai.
Everyone at the meeting also concurred that all the five roads connecting the town centre with Durpin need urgent repairs, added Kumai. “Some culverts along the roads are in equally bad shape, but the municipality does not have the funds to repair them,” he said.
In this context, the civic board felt that the proposal of the army to take up the responsibility of maintaining the roads was a very good offer, Kumai said.
The five roads in question are East Main Road, West Main Road, Rinkingpong Road, Upper Cart Road and West Rickshaw Road.