Construction And Renovation Of Offices

The following criteria were employed to conduct the preliminary selection of offices and check posts for construction or improvement.
  1. Securing productive working environment to increase productivity of officials
  2. Promoting improved decentralized implementation mechanism
  3. Strengthening the capacity of frontline staff members by improving working conditions
  4. Improving the mobility of frontline staff members
  5. Posting of check posts in strategic points throughout Sikkim
  6. Positioning of Forest Guards near reserved forests and protected areas
  7. High demand for upgrading and renovation of offices
  8. Ranges covering more than one cluster for rural intervention

Renovation and Improvement of Headquarters
To host the PMU and improve the working conditions of the Forest Department, renovation and improvement of the Headquarters are urgently needed. The main reasons for improvement are the followings.
  • unavailability of required space for the Project in hosting the PMU and other offices;
  • three main headquarter buildings not properly connected with one another, causing time-consuming movement of officials;
  • inadequate information facility;
  • poor working conditions of office staff, which negatively affect their motivations.

Renovation and Improvement of Range Offices and Check Points
To promote the improved, decentralized implementation mechanism and to increase the field deployment of forest officers, their working and living conditions need to be improved. In addition, strengthening the capacity of frontline officers by providing information technology and mobility requires proper office set ups. The improvement will be also required to host the DFU and the RSU of the PMU. Thus, selected Range offices will be renovated and improved. The main reasons for the improvement are
  • poor condition of offices for Divisional Forest Officers, Range Officers, BOs, and Forest Guards;
  • significant increase in activities by frontline officers to be expected during the Project period;
  • unavailability of facilities to house the DFUs at district level;
  • unavailability of facilities to house the Range Supporting Unit at the range level; and
  • poor condition of check posts and unavailability of check posts in strategic locations to control illegal activities.

Facilities may be constructed in an eco-friendly, physically challenged- friendly, and/or disaster resistant manner depending on the needs of its users and the budget available. Locally-available materials will be used, and local traditions will be incorporated where possible. The building code and other codes will be followed as per the rules applied to the Project. The rules will be stated in the implementation manual of the Project.