GTA Secy visits Kalimpong, takes stock of development works

Kalimpong, 03 Feb:

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration [GTA] Secretary, C Murugan reached Kalimpong today to assess the progress of development works in Kalimpong. Today he visited the Circular road, under construction auditorium, 9 mile under construction car parking area, Main road , CK Chowk and Motor Stand along with different roads which are under construction in and around Kalimpong and lastly to Lower Santook where a road is under construction under the PMGSY project.

Addressing media persons, Mr Murugan said, "We are undertaking a lot of development work here in Kalimpong District. We are giving importance to rural connectivity, education, health. The purpose of my visit is to take stock of the progress in development works. After the agitation all the contractors have started work. We have ordered the sub assistant engineer to visit the site every week, assistant engineer to visit the site every 15 days and executive engineer to visit every month. By doing this we will ensure regular monitoring of the project so that the work finishes on time."

Mr Murugan also visited the market area where plans of beautification have been confirmed. When asked about his visit, he informed that this is a preliminary stage, where proper planning is required and an architect needs to take a look at the site first.

"We will discuss the matter with GTA BOA after this visit," he added.

He then went on to visit the Lower Santook PMGSY road where a 6 kms road is under construction.

"Kalimpong is an agricultural belt, many farmers came and visited me few days ago. They are cultivating orchids and appealed to us to help them. We are making a plan by involving agricultural experts," the Secretary stated.

He informed about a meeting with a group of agriculture graduates numbering around 125 at Dalgaon on Sunday.

Being an MSc in horticulture himself, he said that the authorities are keen to develop horticulture in Kalimpong.

"We are sending an officer from the Directorate of Cinchona and Horticulture of Kalimpong to Bangalore to study the international flower auction centre. We can also introduce such centres in Kalimpong which could benefit floriculture farmers here."