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CM in Siliguri on Sept 1

Siliguri, Aug. 28: Minister Gautam Deb today said Mamata Banerjee would inaugurate the revamped Dinabandhu Mancha and launch new health and tourism services in Siliguri on September 1.

“The chief minister will arrive here on September 1. On that day, she will attend a government public function at Circus Maidan (located off Sevoke Road), from where she will inaugurate the refurbished Dinabandhu Mancha. As far as we know, the chief minister will also initiate the work on 11 roads in and around Siliguri, hand over secured land tenures (patta) to some urban poor families and launch new healthcare and tourism services,” Deb told media persons at the Siliguri Municipal Corporation office here this afternoon.

Dinabandhu Mancha is an auditorium-cum-exhibition hall run by the state information and cultural affairs department.

According to the north Bengal development minister, Mamata will leave for Kalimpong on September 1 and spend the night there. “On September 2, she is scheduled to attend a bipartite meeting between the state government and the GTA Sabha. The next day, the chief minister will attend a programme of the Lepcha Development Board in Kalimpong. She will return to Siliguri on September 3,” Deb said, adding that he had no idea of the chief minister’s itinerary from September 4 onwards.

The minister was at the SMC office to introduce the civic body’s online service to issue birth and death certificates and trade licences and grant approval for building and site plans. “The Left Front and the Congress which have been at the helm of the SMC for the past 20 years couldn’t introduce the online facilities which would be of immense help to people,” he added.

Deb also said a tender would be floated next month for the construction of the SMC’s new building.

“It will be a G-plus-six or seven-storied building with a total area of around 60,000 sqft. There will be ample space on the ground floor to park vehicles and keep scraps and other items. We intend to finish the first phase, that is, at least two floors covering an area of around 20,000 sqft by next year,” he said.

“Around Rs 18 crore will be spent on the project, which will come up on the SMC premises. The government has already paid Rs 2 crore to the SMC but the Congress board could not start the work. The remaining funds would be provided by the state municipal affairs department in due course,” said Deb.