The state Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to expedite the work to complete the construction process of the Collectorate building in the newly formed Alipurduar district which is scheduled to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 25.
The matter was discussed in the monthly review meeting of PWD that was held in the state Secretariat Nabanna on Friday. In Friday's meeting, the progress of North Bengal's projects under the department was also discussed.
Senior officials of the department had already inspected the Collectorate building project site quite a few times ahead of the review meeting. The Collectorate building will house the office of the District Magistrate along with offices of other senior officials in the district. According to the official, the building will be bigger than that of the New Secretariat building in Kolkata. There are mainly four blocks, each having six floors. There is a central block with two other blocks, which will be called Eastern and Western blocks respectively. Another block will come up in front of the aforementioned three blocks.
There will be car parking lots along with an open ground space which will also be beautified. Senior officials from Nabanna are monitoring the progress of work on a regular basis along with their counterparts in North Bengal.
After the change of guard in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the state government's decision to create new districts to ensure better administrative work and implementation of development projects. Alipurduar was carved out as a new district on June 25, 2014. The new district comprises Alipurduar Municipality, Falakata Municipality and six community development blocks with 66 gram panchayats and nine towns.
With completion of the Collectorate building, it will be easier for the district administration to function properly.