When Adhikary reached Paribahan Bhavan at around 1 pm, he was received by top officials of the department. He held a brief meeting with the department’s senior officials after answering some questions of media.
He said the first and foremost target of the department is to provide better services to the people.
In a bid to do so the department will be a smart one and transparency will be maintained. Steps will also be taken to make the corporations under the transport department financially viable.
“The ongoing projects of the department will continue in its own pace. The transport related commitments which were in our manifesto will also be fulfilled. At the same time new ideas will be discussed and implemented if those come out to be fruitful.
We will be following the administrative calendar and would give our best to complete the work within the stipulated time,” he said, adding that he had come up from the grassroot level and he will use the experience that he had gathered while working for the people to run the department.
He maintained, “This is the second term of our government. Many tasks had been undertaken in the past five years and the projects had made the department one of the successful one.”
Appreciating the department’s way of functioning in the past five years under the leadership of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Adhikary said that the state government had worked under a huge burden of debt and transport department is also a part of the government.
Thus it also had to pass through the same situation. But the development work had never got affected. Citing an example of the department’s success in providing better service to the people, Adhikary said that last year someone had approached Banerjee in Nandigram with a request of starting a bus services from Sonachura to Kolkata. “Within two days the service had started and this proves the efficiency of the officials of the department,” he maintained.
The minister will hold another meeting with the officials of the department on June 1 to discuss the issues that may emerge during the administrative meeting to be headed by the Chief Minister at Town Hall on June 3.
Adhikary had been in the department for around an hour. The Paribahan Bhavan was well decorated with flowers and blue carpet was rolled out on the staircase to welcome the minister.
Alapan Bandhyopadhyay, Principal Secretary, Transport welcomed him with a bouquet of flowers at the entrance of Paribahan Bhavan.