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Sikkim: Workshop/Exhibition on architecture, urbanisation in Gangtok

From December 4 to 12, the Architects of Sikkim will hold a nine-day workshop/exhibition in Gangtok on architecture, urbanisation, and the current situation.

The organisers told the media on Wednesday that the event will take place at the Statue of Unity near Thakurbari Mandir, the District Control Room on M.G. Marg, and other locations around the capital.

“The workshop/exhibition event will witness discussions on Sikkimese architecture and the roadmap for Gangtok City involving the stakeholders and concerned officials alongside essay writing and poetry recitation competitions”, informed event coordinator Upendra Gurung.

We intend to prepare a blueprint for architecture and urbanisation in Gangtok in collaboration with the Urban Development Department, the Gangtok Municipal Corporation, and the Smart City Project, and present it to the State government, Gurung added.

Prashant Pradhan, a founding member of the Architects of Sikkim, stated that the organization’s goal is to serve as a link between the public and the government on issues concerning urbanisation projects and plans. He stated that the company was founded in 2001.

“We conduct such workshops once in ten years. It’s more like a census and we have received good response from the public as well as the government in the past two workshops”, Pradhan added.

It has been confirmed that resource persons from Delhi, Nepal, and Bhutan, including Sikkim, will attend the workshop.

When asked about the controversial 14-story structure proposed as a PPP project in the heart of Gangtok, the architects said that with today’s advanced construction technology, such a megastructure could be built in Gangtok.

At the same time, we should consider the existing rules and regulations for building construction in Sikkim, which limit a building’s height, and we believe that the law should be applied equally to all, they said.

When the government undertakes such mega projects, they believe that all stakeholders, including local residents, should be informed and feedback solicited.

Sanjog Prakash Raya, Sami Sonam Lepcha, and Pema Chomu Bhutia, members of the association, also attended the press conference.

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