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Do not harass drivers unnecessarily on highways: Mamata warns police

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the police on Wednesday against harassing drivers and transporters on highways. She was addressing the administrative review meeting in east Midnapore.

During the meeting, Banerjee said she had received several complaints against police for harassing drivers. "The drivers may commit mistakes but cases are given against them arbitrarily. The civic volunteers on duty are sent to collect money by the police. I am not going to tolerate this. I have asked Anuj Sharma, Commissioner of Kolkata Police, to take action. I also request Virendra ji to look into the matter seriously," she said, adding that more CCTV cameras will be installed on highways and those involved in the matter will not be spared.

"Buses carrying tourists to Digha are stopped by police to check papers. This is their duty but then cases are given against the driver if they fail to give money. What is this? This will not be tolerated," Banerjee added.

Meanwhile, she instructed the administration not to allow hawkers on Digha beach. "We are constructing a 7 km pathway and no hawkers will be allowed there. They will be rehabilitated elsewhere. We want to keep the pathway free from encroachment," she said.

Banerjee also asked the officials to expedite construction of the Jagannath temple in Digha. "Get hold of the best masons who are expert in constructing temples. Once it is constructed the people visiting Digha will be visiting the temple and the place will be developed as a centre of religious tourism," she said.

She added that Digha will come up as an international tourism centre. "People go to Goa to enjoy the sea. Digha will come up as a major tourist spot. All modern facilities will be set up to attract visitors. The state government has proposed to introduce seaplane facility in Digha as well," she maintained.

The state government is also set to bring up a museum at Pichabori, an important place in the freedom movement of India. "Undivided Midnapore had played a major role in the Indian freedom movement. We will set up a museum and a monument to pay respect to the freedom fighters," she said.

She said the state government has also proposed to install blue plaques on important buildings which had been visited by great people. She added that the state government is going to set up a university at Mahishadal, which will be named after Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary.

She inaugurated 74 projects including laying the foundation stone of some, worth Rs 400 crore. Among these, she laid the foundation stone of a state-of-the-art fish market with storage facility of sea fishes at Mohona in Digha.

The Chief Minister instructed the district administration to look after the export of betel nuts, flowers and cashew nuts, for which East Midnapore is famous. Ramnagar I and II, Contai I and II and Khejuri blocks are famous for betel nut, whose export is going up. She also asked the district administration to rehabilitate the flower sellers at Deulia bazaar.

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