Settled amidst the stunning landscapes of North Sikkim, Lachung emerges as an enchanting tourist haven, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in its awe-inspiring beauty. Encircled by towering snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, and winding rivers, Lachung provides a tranquil sanctuary for those who seek solace in nature's embrace.


Despite efforts to recover from the Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in October 2023, North Sikkim continues to struggle with deteriorating road conditions, significantly impacting the region's tourism sector. Lachung, a picturesque destination, reopened for tourism in December 2023, although through an alternate route via Dzongu-Shipgyer. Officially welcoming tourists from December 1, Lachung's accessibility has been hindered once again by the recent collapse of the Toong Bridge, leading to severe traffic congestion along the sole alternative route to Chungthang via Shipgyer and Dzongu, worsened by narrow roads.


Amidst the persistent challenges, local authorities, notably the Pipon from Lachung Dzumsa, are urging relevant officials to prioritise urgent road restoration endeavours to enhance the convenience of visiting tourists, thereby providng them relief from the tough situation. Despite seven months elapsed since the GLOF disaster, critical highway repairs and the establishment of alternative routes remain unfinished, largely attributed to delays in compensating landowners affected by road construction.


The persisting traffic congestion not only impedes tourist travel to Lachen and Lachung but also presents hazards for drivers navigating the rugged terrain. Emphasising the road's critical role in national security, Pipon, representing the Dzumsa, has urged authorities including the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), state administration, and Land Revenue Department to promptly tackle the issue.


As the monsoon season approaches, urgent road restoration measures are crucial, with criticism directed towards the perceived negligence of the BRO in addressing the issue. Pipon underscores the necessity for swift action to guarantee year-round accessibility to North Sikkim.