WB CM expected to visit the Hills in September

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be in Kurseong on September 16 to oversee the preparations for a local unit of Presidency University , which she has announced last month from both Kolkata and Darjeeling.

Government officials told reporters that the Chief Minister is expected to be in Kurseong on September 16. However, the itinerary is yet to be finalised.

During her convocation speech at Presidency University recently, WB CM had announced formation of the varsity’s Himalayan Center at Dow Hill in Kurseong which she also reiterated during the launch of the Clean and Green Project in Darjeeling.

WB CM would also attend the programmes being organized by members of Lepcha and Tamang communities on September 17 and 18 respectively in Kalimpong.She is expected to move down to Siliguri on September 19 where she will attend a programme by Bar Council.

WB CM vows to build clean and green Darjeeling

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced a slew of development plans for Darjeeling Hills.

She said 53,000 toilets will be constructed in the hills for schools and for the community as part of the ‘Nirmal Bangla’ (Clean Bengal) scheme. Stress would be given to set up toilets in girls schools where they do not exist.

Stressing on development of tourism in Darjeeling, called the Queen of the Hills, Banerjee said facilities for the tourists would be looked after by the state government itself.

She emphasised on cleanliness in the hill to attract more tourists and said steps would be taken to encourage more of them to visit the remote destinations of Lava and Lolegaon in Darjeeling district known for their natural beauty.

“I come only for the sake of development of north Bengal and have intention of any politics,” she said.

WB CM, who is on a four-day visit to north Bengal, told reporters that an educational hub was being planned at Kurseong that would provide opportunity for the local youth, who will not be required to leave home to be trained.

Steps will be taken for skill development to increase employability of the local youth, she said.

The development plans were discussed at two meetings with officials of GTA and senior government officials during the day.

The chief minister is scheduled to meet members of various communities residing in Darjeeling today.