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Forest administrative building to come up in Siliguri soon

Darjeeling: Siliguri is all set to get a forest administrative building. State Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman laid the foundation stone for the same at Dabgram on Wednesday.
"Over the years, many important forest offices have come up in Siliguri. Spread across the town, the offices operate from rented facilities. The Forest department wanted these offices to operate from a single building or complex, for better functioning and public convenience," stated the Forest minister.
A 5 acre land under the DFO, Baikanthapur, has been allocated for the same at Dabgram, Siliguri. The foundation stone for a four-storied building was laid on Wednesday by the minister.
The total cost of the project is around Rs 11 crore 68 lakh. It will be completed in a phase-wise manner. In the first phase, two stories will be constructed at a cost of around Rs 6 crore and 20 lakh.
"A committee has been constituted under the Additional PCCF to overlook the project," stated Barman.
Initially, the building will house 10 offices including Additional PCCF, North Bengal; CCF, Wildlife, North Circle; CF, North West Circle and CF, Soil Conservation, North Circle along with 6 DFO offices.
The minister further informed that soon, a leopard safari will become operational at the Safari Park in Siliguri. "Initially, we will start with two leopards," added Barman.
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