February 18, 2013
Chief Minister lays foundation stone of women`s university and arsenic-free drinking water plant in 24-Parganas(S)
West Bengal Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of a women`s university and an arsenic-free drinking water plant during a public meeting at Aamtala on Monday in South 24-Parganas. She said that she would be back in the area again on Feb 25th when she would accompany the Union Home Minister on a visit to coastal areas in the district.
`Today, we laid the foundation stone of the first women`s university in Bengal and we would complete this project soon. Till the building is complete, I have asked the authorities to arrange the sitting with any nearby college since classes are important. Once the building is complete the students can shift to the university`. She slammed the Left Front for ruining the education system in the State. `The CPI(M) government made only one university during the past 34-yaers and we have already initiated four universities. One in the name of Panchanan Barma in Cooch Behar, Nazrul university in Churulia near Assansol, a university on the public-private-partnership (PPP) model and the fourth one is the women`s university here in your district`, she added.
Speaking on this occasion she reiterated her conviction to develop Bengal and requested the people to say `no` to the `bandh` culture as it would stop the ongoing development process in the State. She said that both Supreme Court and High Court have already slammed the Left Front for instigating people for `bandh`. `I request you to maintain normalcy on that day, take a firm stand and say `no` to `bandh`. Pleases remember that these vested interests do not want development in the State, they did nothing and when somebody is taking initiatives to take Bengal ahead, they would not allow that to happen but I request you all to keep shops and markets open. Allow the schools and educational institutions to function normally. If you cannot do this then please do not expect any development in Bengal`.
She also laid the foundation stone of an arsenic-free drinking water plant at Nodakhali (Part-2), the drinking water would be distributed to homes through pipeline after being purified at a plant in Buj Buj. `This is indeed a big success. I have included two blocks to the existing 10-blocks like Kulti, Diamond Harbour 1 & 2, Palta, Jaynagar, Kultali, Mograhat 1, Mandir Bazaar, Mathurapur 1&2 and the two newly included blocks are Buj Buj and Satgachhia`, said the Chief Minister.
Nearly 33-lakh people residing in these blocks would get the benefit after the completion of this projects which is being at an estimated Rs. 1,333 crore. The Chief Minister said that Palta Water Works is the largest water reservoir which stores maximum water for Kolkata city and the proposed water plant at Nodakhali would be seven-times-larger than the Palta Water Works. `This will be seven times larger than Palta water plant which mean that it will cater to nearly three-parliamentary-
The Bengal Chief Minister gave away Kisan Credit Crads, `Patta` to homeless under the Nijo Bhumi, Nijo Griho schenme and Gitanjali scheme, bicycles to minority girl students studying classes nine, 10, 11 and 12, fishing net and basket to fishermen, insulated boxes to keep fish fresh and an aid of Rs. 4,000 to fishermen, `Patta` to homeless under Indira Awas Yojna, grants for construction of new school building and hand cart to farmers so that they can fetch their vegetables and produced smoothly, computers to Madrasah, power tiller to farmers.