Dumka, Aug. 16: Governor Syed Ahmed, who hoisted the Tricolour yesterday at Police Lines grounds, Dumka, referred to steps taken by the government to beef up infrastructure in the tribal hinterland, in an attempt to infuse practical meaning to Independence Day celebrations in Jharkhand’s second capital.
At the event that started around 9am, Ahmed gave an information-packed Independence Day speech, which stressed on proposed infrastructure projects across sectors of roads, education, livelihood and power generation.
Santhal Pargana commissioner Ashok Kumar Mishra, inspector-general Arun Oraon, deputy inspector-general of police Priya Dubey, Dumka DC Harsh Mangla and SP Nirmal Kumar Mishra were among the 5,000-plus crowd.
Ahmed reminded the gathering that Rs 125 crore had been allocated for roads in Dumka recently. The projects comprise ring roads in Dumka-Basukinath as well as stretches on Pattabari-Masanjor, Dalahji-Murgamor and Sidhapahari-Sikrihadka, altogether measuring 80km.The 64km Dumka-Rampurhat railway line would function from next year, he added.
On livelihood projects, Ahmed listed ongoing construction of ITI buildings in Jarmundi and Saraiyahat and dairy science college in Hasdiha. He called the women’s polytechnic college in Dumka — the foundation of which was laid by President Pranab Mukherjee this year — a “landmark”. He also referred to the first thermal power project in Godda and air service to Deoghar during Shravan.