Tourist spots in Kalimpong to be showcased: Mamata

15 Feb 2017

A day after the creation of a new Kalimpong district in West Bengal, state chief minister Mamata Banerjee today said that her government would showcase it on the lines of Darjeeling.

"Everyone is very happy with the new district. All officials were present and participated at the meeting, we had very fruitful discussions," Mamata told newspersons here after the administrative meeting. "We had positive discussions regarding developmental projects that will be taken up in the new district," she said. The chief minister also said that many tourists visit Darjeeling. But Kalimpong also has a number of tourist spots which would be showcased.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, the chief minister announced that Buddha Purnima would be considered as a state holiday from this year. "There are many Buddhist temples and people in the state who would be happy with this decision", she said. on Tuesday, the chief minister had announced a slew of development projects for the newly-created district and said that a Rs 220 crore road link project would be taken up to connect Kalimpong with Sikkim via the old Silk Route.

Mamata had said that a Rs 50 crore water supply project by the public health engineering department will be taken up soon to address Kalimpong's water scarcity problem.