Eye on civic body elections in the hills, Mamata announces slew of schemes

Report by: 
Durgadas Bandopadhyay
DARJEELING
29 Mar 2017

A tea auction centre at New Jalpaiguri, four-lane roads, Mirik as a new sub-division, improvement of Gajoldoba which is being developed as a major tourist hub, improvement of hospitals and state high ways.  With eyes on the civic body elections due next month in the hills, chief minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a slew of programmes for the development of Darjeeling.

Elections for four municipalities at Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik which are now under the control of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) will be held on May 14. Today Mamata announced these schemes at the end of an administrative meeting at Pintel village in Darjeeling which was presided over by her. The tea auction centre which will be a joint initiative of the state government, Tea Board and the Railways, will be constructed at a piece of land owned by the Railways at New Jalpaiguri. ``It will be a major centre for tea marketing and it will benefit people of all sections of the hills,'' Mamata said at a media conference at the Pintel village.

Mamata who made it clear to officials present at the meeting that she was not much happy with the pace of development in Darjeeling, also said that the state government had sanctioned Rs 16 crore for the development of the state highways running through the hills. The chief minister also cautioned people against forces trying to create disturbances in Darjeeling. ``We want peace and harmony and we do not want anybody doing mischief here,'' the chief minister said.