14th mile in Kalimpong is another of those areas which people rather fatalistically categorize as “always was a sinking area”.
The question today is that with the number of such sinking areas increasing in the vicinity of Kalimpong town can we afford this apathy?
Here is a list of sinking areas around town that I know of
a) Chibo and GREF area
c) 14 - 16th Mile area
d) Several sections of the road from Teesta to Kalimpong (4 -5th mile area)
e) Sangsay Phatak and Dalapchand
f) Some parts of 11mile area
g) and now some parts of 12 mile area
Here are some more sinking areas slightly away from Kalimpong town
a) Algarah (Mirik) area
b) Seokbir Khani
c) Some parts of Pedong (Kagey road)
I am sure many of my friends from Kalimpong will be able to add to this list.
The point is, take away all these areas from the map of Kalimpong and what is left?
Even a cursory look at the 14th mile area revealed that our jhoras (mountain streams) have a big role to play in the instability of the land mass there. Besides this there is also Relli river gnawing at the heels of the mountain and pulling all of 14th mile and the adjoining areas directly above 14th mile into the Relli valley.
Can something be done about these sinking areas?
Or will we just sit by and watch our mountains disappear?