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New trains, projects for Cooch Behar

New trains, projects for Cooch Behar
On her maiden trip to Cooch Behar on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flagged off three new trains and announced several new development projects. The trains include New Cooch Behar-New Jalpaiguri Intercity Express, Bamanhat-New Jalpaiguri-Siliguri passenger train and New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Satabdi Express. Banerjee inaugurated these trains by remote control from the Cooch Behar Stadium where a rally was being held.

The Union Railways Minister Mukul Roy was also present on the occasion.The last time Banerjee had visited Cooch Behar was during the election campaign before the 2011 assembly polls. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation of a university in the name of local hero and noted social reformer Thakur Panchanan Barma.

While laying the foundation for the university with state education minister Bratya Basu, Banerjee said the institute would help local students to pursue higher education in Cooch Behar itself and they need not go to cities like Kolkata for higher education. She also said that the Cooch Behar airport, which shut soon after it opened shop last year, would be developed under a Rs 25 crore project to be funded by Central Government resources. A circuit bench of the Calcutta High Court would come up in Jalpaiguri by August and also Rs 50 lakh would be used for the development of the Cooch Behar Stadium.

The Chief Minister also asked the District Magistrate to identify 33 acres of land for setting up a jute hub. She also met the local administration and police officer there. Banerjee said nobody could stall Bengal's development despite the fact that it is caught in a massive debt trap which was the legacy of the previous Left Front government.

Interestingly, of the nine assembly seats in Cooch Behar, the Trinamool and Forward Bloc have a 4-4 sharing.

The remaining one belongs to the Congress. Banerjee probably knows that there is a big scope for improvement in these parts to give a boost to north Bengal as a whole, particularly ahead of the panchayat elections.She would visit the hills too ahead of the GTA polls in July-end.
Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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