SJDA okays new projects

The Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority on Wednesday decided to augment infrastructure at educational institutions and hospitals, illuminate villages, install giant LED display boards at towns and take up other projects at a cost of over Rs 6 crore.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Siliguri
  • Published 19.10.17
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The meeting of the SJDA board on Wednesday. Picture by Passang Yolmo

Siliguri: The Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority on Wednesday decided to augment infrastructure at educational institutions and hospitals, illuminate villages, install giant LED display boards at towns and take up other projects at a cost of over Rs 6 crore.

The Siliguri subdivision, Jalpaiguri municipality and four surrounding blocks of the Jalpaiguri town come under the jurisdiction of the SJDA.

Sourav Chakraborty, the chairman of the SJDA, said the decision to implement the new projects had been taken at the 131st meeting of its board on Wednesday.

"We will spend money on beautification, maintenance of cleanliness and improvement of infrastructure facilities at the health centres and government hospitals in the surroundings of the Siliguri and Jalpaiguri towns. We will also adopt five schools and one college in each block to improve infrastructure. The SJDA will spend Rs 6 crore on all these projects," said Chakraborty.

Sources at the SJDA said a library or a gate at the entrance or drinking water facilities would be developed at the schools and colleges.

"We will install LED display boards at a cost of Rs 75 lakh at important points in Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Bagdogra. The boards will show details of government projects, administrative officials, traffic and weather. Four boards will be put up in Siliguri and Bagdogra, while another four will come up in Jalpaiguri. We are yet to finalise the locations," the SJDA chairman said.

He said the SJDA would identify 100 villages for erecting street lights.

Chakraborty revealed that the SJDA had received a proposal from the director general of police (traffic) on installation of CCTV cameras in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. "We are studying the proposal and feel it is important to have CCTV cameras for thorough and better surveillance of the towns. We will soon start working on the proposal and take up the matter with police officers concerned," he said.