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Siliguri, Jan. 20: With an eye on the Assembly elections, two senior CPM leaders of the region today presented to the public a 'favourable progress report' of development work in the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad area.

Urban development minister and Siliguri MLA Asok Bhattacharya, however, preferred to call it a routine briefing after today's conclusion of the district planning coordination committee meeting.

He mentioned a string of bridges and roads that will either be inaugurated or have had their foundation stones laid and added that chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will open the Calypso food processing unit at Bidhannagar on Sunday.

Mahakuma Parishad sabhadhipati Mani Thapa said: 'Eight new roads have been sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, with proposals submitted for the construction of 11 more in 2006.' Between 2000 and 2005, 30 roads totalling 134 km have been completed, she said.

'By the end of this month, work orders for 40 projects, including water supply and irrigation schemes, will be issued,' she said.

A sum of Rs 4 lakh will be spent from Bhattacharya's MLA fund on school furniture and a playground for the tribal population in tea gardens. 'From 2002 till now, we have built 10 schools and six circle-level resource centres,' said Thapa, who announced girls' hostels for two schools at Bidhannagar and Kharibari. Five schools will soon be getting 10 computers each, she added.

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