Jul 15, 2009
Tourism is hit in Darjeeling and Sikkim in the last few days owing to bandh called by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha(GJM). Darjeeling and surrounding area have been in trouble on and off in the last few years owing to demand from locals for a separate state. The hill town was hit by sudden bandh calls several times last year.
A bridge on the affected NH31A
Although the bandh does not affect the state of Sikkim, the approach to Gangtok and rest of Sikkim has become difficult. The National Highway NH31A, which connects Siliguri with Gangtok and other parts of Sikkim is a lifeline of Sikkim. Parts of the highway run through Darjeeling Hills, and have been affected due to the strike calls.
The current bandh was called by GJM to demand removal of some senior police officials in the town. At the moment, talks are expected between GJM and the state government, and the status of bandh may depend on the outcome. If you are planning a visit to Darjeeling or Sikkim, it is best to wait and watch for next few days.
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