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Old September 4th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #61
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CM gives green light to army base in Jalpaiguri

At a time when the Dragon has been breathing down India’s neck, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday gave a nod to the creation of a composite aviation base under the Army Aviation Corps to be built in Jalapiguri.
The proposed base will be the largest in the country and would emerge as a major muscle power for the new Strike Corps being raised to counter the Chinese might in the Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh frontiers.
A high- level meeting took place in Kalimpong between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Lt. Gen KJ Singh, GOC of the 33 Corps Sukna on Tuesday.
Singh had in the past met North Bengal development minister Goutam Deb over the issue of land required for the base.
According to sources, Mamata had even asked the North Bengal Development Minister and the district administration to facilitate land acquisition required for the creation of the base, which is slated to provide employment opportunities for around 10,000 people.
The base requires 759.73 acres of land in the Sarugaon and Damdim areas of the Jalpaiguri district. The land on which the base is to come up on is mainly wasteland and unused plantation land of closed tea gardens.
The cost of the project is pegged at Rs. 572 crores and Rs. 750 crores for Saugaon and Damdim respectively.
The base will be home to fixed winged aircrafts, helicopters and even drones. “Today’s meeting was very fruitful,” said Deb.
Deb had earlier said the state government would help the army as land can always be acquired for national interest.
The minister added that the army has also sought help in constructing an alternative road connecting Sikkim with the rest of the country via Gorubathan, Lava, Algara and Pedong.
The proposed base comes at a time when China has improved rail and road links to Nathula border.
The new road and the base would help Indian army to increase mobility in a region bordering China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
The army is also likely to set up a modern armoury near its proposed air base.
North Bengal has three air force bases at Hashimara, Binnaguri and Bagdogra.
Unlike the Chinese move to expand railway connectivity up to Sino-India border near Nathula, the proposed Rs. 1339.46 crore Sevoke-Rangpo railway, the foundation for which was laid on October 30 2009, is gathering dust.
Vice-President Mohammed Hamid Ansari laid the foundation stone in presence of Mamata Banerjee the then railway minister and chief minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling.
The 52.70 km long rail connectivity from Sevoke near Siliguri, to Rangpo in Sikkim is yet to get clearance from the union ministry of environment and forest.
The state government has been accusing the Centre of delaying the project.
The railway survey up to Nathula has been completed.

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WB mini secretariat to be inaugurated by Mamata on Jan 20

A mini secretariat of the West Bengal government to decentralise the administration and speed up development programmes in north Bengal will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 20 near Siliguri.

After the Trinamool government came to power it was decided to set up a secretariat of the state government in North Bengal from where people had to come to Kolkata for important work, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a Facebook post today.

Stating that the mini secretariat named 'Uttar Kanya', was now ready, she said that it was a fully 'green building' built in a record time of less than a year.

"Uttar Kanya is our sweet gift to meet the long-standing demand of the people of North Bengal. I reiterate - fulfilment of commitment is our credential. We always do, what we say," the chief minister said.

North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb said that the mini secretariat would be connected to state secretariat, Nabanna, through video conference facility.

Construction of the two-storey building with a total area of 60,000 sq ft at Fulbari on the outskirts of Siliguri started in late 2012 and cost around Rs 60 crore.

Banerjee's visit to Darjeeling comes during a thaw in relationship between the Trinamool Congress government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

GJM president Bimal Gurung was sworn in agan as the chief executive of the hill council, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, in December after he had resigned from it last July prior to a spell of agitation in the hills for Gorkhaland.

Officials said that the chief minister, during a four day visit to Siliguri and Darjeeling would also inaugurate the Uttarbanga Utsav, the annual cultural festival at the Kanchenjungha Stadium.

She would attend national convention of the Tamang tribe at Mirik on January 21 and a police sports event at Lebong the next day.

She would also participate in programmes to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Darjeeling on January 23.

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N Bengal to get 600cr MSME boost

Investments worth Rs 600 crore, close to 3,000 new jobs. North Bengal took a big leap in the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector at the conclusion of the three-day Synergy Siliguri 2014 on Wednesday. Investment proposals from 91 MSME entrepreneurs were accepted. The online entrepreneur memorandum 1 (EM1) and EM2 registrations in each district industry centre were also wrapped up on Wednesday.
Rajiva Sinha, principal secretary, department of micro and small scale enterprise and textiles, said the state government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have evolved a new model to boost the MSME sector. “Synergy Siliguri is for entrepreneurs looking to expand, owners of struggling units, budding entrepreneurs, and organizations and institutes involved in entrepreneurship skill development.” Sinha added: “Over 2100 entrepreneurs visited 44 clinics and 91 investment proposals worth Rs 600 crore were accepted.”
The clinics, one-stop destinations for potential investors with queries, involved 44 departments like power, land, labour, environment and finance. “It’s a great initiative, a trendsetter for the rest of Bengal,” said CII eastern region director Saugat Mukherjee. “The focus areas include statutory compliance, finance, technology, corporate governance and skill development. P K Shah, chairman, CII north Bengal zonal council (NBZC), announced the formation of the Business Mentoring Forum (BMF) for new entrepreneurs. “Through a member consortium the BMF will mentor CII members and entrepreneurs who have set their sights on the next level of growth,”


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alternative roadway connecting Siliguri to Jalpaiguri

The North Bengal Development Department will soon construct an alternative roadway connecting Siliguri to Jalpaiguri with the aim of setting up a tourism hub at Gajaldoba. North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb today inaugurated a bridge over the Sahu River at the Choto Fapri area as part of the plan.

He said the bridge will improve connectivity to Gajoldoba from Sevoke Road and Eastern Bypass through Sahudangi. Commuters wanting to avoid the hilly terrain can now opt for the alternative route through the Baikanthapur forest region.

The minister further said improvement of roadways is most vital for promoting the proposed hub at Gajaldoba. Three new roads will be built to connect Siliguri with Jalpaiguri and one is already under construction, added Deb.

The NBDD minister today also inaugurated the Jagatbandhu Bridge over the Jorapani River that passes through Wards 36 and 37 of Siliguri Municipal Corporation. Local councilor Ranjan Sil Sharma said Rs62 lakh has been invested in this project and fulfills an age-old demand of the locals.

A rally was also organised by the committee of Ward 36 where the minister was escorted to the inauguration venue in a horse chariot.

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Coming: Taxis to Siliguri

Siliguri could get air-conditioned and non-AC taxis with fare meters like Calcutta this Puja. One thousand taxis are expected to run from October in the SMC and SJDA areas. Monday was the first day to collect application forms by those who want to run the cabs. The last date for submitting the forms is July 22 but 680 forms have already been taken.

What would the taxis look like?

The transport department notification says ¡°sedans¡± would be available. It does not specify the car company. The colour of the car will be a combination of navy and sky blue with ¡°No Refusal¡± written on the front doors. The word ¡°Taxi¡± for non-AC cars or ¡°AC Taxi¡± will be pasted on the rear doors. A display board on the top of the car that can be illuminated at night will also specify if the taxi is AC or not. There will be another display board on the left hand side of the windscreen displaying the words ¡°For Hire/Hired¡±. At the rear of the vehicle, a sign will mention if the car is for the SJDA area or Siliguri subdivision.

How much will travelling by taxi cost?

The rates will be the same as in Calcutta. For the first 2km, the charge is Rs 25. The next slab is Rs 12 for every additional kilometre or Rs 2.40 for every 200m. There will be a waiting charge of Rs 1.20 for every 2.12 minutes. In case, the vehicle is carrying luggage weighing more than 20kg, an extra charge of Rs 4 would be added to the bill. For using the AC, the taxis will charge 25 per cent additional charge on the total fare.

What you should find in the cab?

A Bengali and an English newspaper, AC in case it is an AC taxi, a music system, electronic meter with a thermal printer.

What will be the area of operation?

The Siliguri Municipal Corporation areas and the SJDA area, that is the four blocks of Jalpaiguri - Jalpaiguri Sadar, Rajganj, Mainaguri and Malbazar.

Will the taxis have a location indication system?

Yes. Each taxi will have a GPS-based location and navigation system showing the route to be taken by the cab.

Does no refusal mean no refusal in real terms?

Owners need to submit an affidavit with the application form, mentioning that the driver would not refuse passengers at any time of day or night and would ply the vehicle during strikes. Such rules are in place in Calcutta, too, but taxi drivers routinely refuse to take passengers. The violation of permit clauses invites a fine of Rs 3,000 if the taxi driver is found guilty of refusing a passenger.

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