Jore Pokhri is one of the more well-known tourist destination in our Darjeeling Hills. Approximately two and half kilometres away from the Sukhia Pokhri Motor stand (Bazar), Jore Pokhari is a mesmerizing place set amidst scenic beauty of tall pine trees, majestic view of Kanchanjunga from the top, two large lakes at the centre and the temple makes the destination an extraordinary tourist spot.
But most importantly, Jore Pokhri is popularly known as Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary for Himalayan Salamander (Tylototriton verrucosus), locally known as ‘Gora’; one of the most rarest, highly endangered and oldest amphibian creature (species), which is said to have existed before the dinosaurs. By the above given facts, we can feel an utmost importance and value of the Jore Pokhri.
But unfortunate, the connecting road between Jore Pokhri and Sukhia Pokhri bazar (almost Two and half kilometres) is in pathetic condition. The road has not properly maintained and renovated by concerned authorities or government departments for almost a decade.
The GTA seems to be least bothered about the safety of the endangered Himalayan Salamander Zone, as well as conserving this important tourist spot in Sukhia Pokhri.
Now it is time for action.
The concerned authorities and government departments needs to look into this issue in a more pragmatic way, otherwise it will lead to the deterioration of the most beautiful tourist destination, plus Himalayan Salamander zone with rich vegetation.
On behalf of concerned inhabitant, I urge to all concern departments and authorities to take necessary actions ASAP for renovation and re-construction of the connecting road for Jore Pokhri tourist destination.
*Noel Giri is from Simana Road in Sukhia and a student of Rabindra Bharati University.
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