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100 watch towers in vulnerable areas to curb mishaps: Mamata

Chief Minister prays at ISKCON, assures help for world tourism circuit

Krishnanagar: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the Mayapur ISKCON temple where she interacted with priests and monks before proceeding to Krishnanagar, the district headquarters of Nadia, where she held an administrative review meeting on Monday.
She said ISKCON has sought the state government's help in establishing a world tourism circuit at Mayapur, located 136 km from Kolkata. "This will definitely be a new landmark in the religious tourism destination not only in the state and the country but also in the whole world. It is indeed a wonderful experience for me," Banerjee wrote on her official Twitter handle while assuring that her government will provide with all help in the project.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the state government will set up around 100 watch towers in vulnerable areas to prevent road accidents. All senior officials of the state along with MLAs and officials of district administration were present at the meet.
She also advised the police to take immediate action after an accident happens to prevent people from putting up roadblocks. "There are some people who take advantage of the situation following an accident and put up roadblocks. They analyse whether the driver of the vehicle is a Hindu or a Muslim and create unnecessary trouble. Police have a responsibility and should swing into action immediately after any such thing," she said, adding: "There are some who take our sobriety as our weakness."
She said the watch towers should be properly illuminated and the police should keep an eye on the vehicles which have a tendency to accelerate unnecessarily. She further added that "Slow Drive Save Life" slogan should be implemented.
Indivar Pandey, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works Department, said the railings in all the bridges across the state will be strengthened. The crash barriers in all the bridges will be built, he added.
Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary, Transport department, said it would give Rs 48 crore to district administrations to make safety schemes under the "Safe Drive Save Life" project.
Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Director General of Police, said attempts are being made in all the districts to reduce the number of accidents and that the "Safe Drive Save Life" project has yielded desirable results.
Banerjee also urged the district administration to take immediate steps to curb malaria, dengue and unknown fever. "Initiatives should be taken up now and the municipalities and the Panchayats and Rural Development Department should launch awareness drives throughout the state. Posters should be put up in areas close to markets, at railway stations and bus terminuses. School and college students should be involved to create awareness," said the Chief Minister.
Banerjee said the BDOs should work hard to ensure that construction of rural roads is taken up. She will inaugurate the construction of 8,000 km of rural roads at a function in Nadia on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister took a stock of the administrative work and instructed to properly carry out the schemes under Kanyashree and Sabuj Sathi, the two flagship projects of the state government. She instructed Sajay Thade, Principal Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare Department, to distribute the bicycles which are yet to be given to the students during the distribution programmes attended by her.
Banerjee will lay the foundation stone of a terminal for lorries in the district on Tuesday. She also mentioned the construction of two roads between Kalna and Shantipur worth Rs 700 crore and another road, connecting Nadia with Delhi Road bypassing Barasat, worth more than Rs 1,000 crore.
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