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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Goutam deb Inaugurates Slew of developmental Projects


MALDA, 3 JAN: Before the schedule of the English Bazaar by-poll is officially declared by the election commission, the North Bengal development minister Gouutam Deb today laid foundation stones of slew of developmental projects today. The tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury and the social welfare minister sabitri Mitra were also present during the programmes of Mr Mr Deb.

It was the second visit of Mr deb to Malda in a single month. Last time he had to be embarrassed as the Congress workers kept demonstrating against him wherever he had gone to inaugurate projects during his last visit. However, situation was much better this time.

Mr Deb inaugurated three roads one each at Binodpur and Duarbasini – both under English Bazaar assembly constituency and another in Kaliachak.

In addition Mr Deb sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the development of drainage system of English Bazaar Municipal area. “The former urban development minister of Left Front did not do anything for the project. But people’s interest is our priority and so we have taken the project up,” Mr Deb said.

He also laid the foundation stone for the second phase work of the Central bus terminus in Malda. The minister has sanctioned that Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned for the project.

Mr Deb informed that construction of 2 km long much demanded Bhutni Bridge would soon be started. It would take a little more than Rs 2 crore for the work to be finished. “We previously sanctioned Rs 18 crore and in second phase Rs 12 crore has been sanctioned. The principal secretary of the department Mr Manoj Agarwal with a team would soon visit the place to scrutise the project. It would be difficult for the North Bengal development department alone to bear the entire cost of constructing bridge. We would also approach the irrigation and the Union government as well to cooperate with financial assistance in this regard,” the minister said.

He informed that the work of the bridge could be inaugurated during the Chief Minister Mamata Bandyopadhyay’s visit to Siliguri to kick off the North Bengal festival. “If it’s not possible, the CM may herself go to Malda to inaugurate the project,” Mr deb informed.

He added that now onwards there would be an office of the North Bengal development department in all districts of North Bengal and officers in the rank of the executive engineers would be posted to manage the office.

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