She held a marathon meeting that lasted over two and a half hours to take a stock of the various projects taken up in the district. She was accompanied by Subrata Mukherjee, state Panchayat and Rural development minister along with a host of senior bureaucrats including the chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee. Director General of police Surajit Kar Purakayastha is also accompanying her.
Wednesday was the first day of her three-day visit to the districts to hold administrative meetings. The meetings in Birbhum and Burdwan are scheduled to be held on August 4 and 5. The District Magistrate, Superintendent of police and block development officers were also present in the meeting.
Banerjee said the proposed road would connect Purulia with Dankuni via Raghunathpur and Barjora. Industrial hub will be constructed along the road and there will be investments, she maintained.
Expressing satisfaction over the administrative meeting, she said emphasis had been laid on road construction and the supply of drinking water. There will be more roads in and around Ayodhya hill. Drinking water crisis in the drought prone Purulia district has been a major problem for decades.
The Public Health Engineering department has chalked out an elaborate plan to supply drinking water to the drought prone areas. Japan International Corporation Agency (JAICA) has funded Rs 1,173 crore drinking water project and it will be commissioned by December 2018. Once the project starts functioning, drinking water crisis in Purulia will be history.
The Chief Minister said that the projects like Khadyasathi by which Rs 2 per kg rice is given to the economically challenged people along with Kanyashree and Sabuj Sathi have helped improve the living condition of the people of the district.
Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Purulia Government Engineering College. This is the first engineering college set up by the TMC government after it came to power in the state in 2011. It may be recalled that the Left Front government in its 34 years of rule had set up only one engineering college at Kalyani in 1995, over two decades ago.
Built on a 10 acre plot, the engineering college is armed with all modern equipment. The buildings and other infrastructure like the academic and administrative blocks, students’ activity centre and separate hostels for boys and girls have been built at an estimated cost of Rs 40 crore. The first batch of 300 students, selected through WBJEE will start classes from August 10. Of the students, 55 are from scheduled castes, 13 from scheduled tribes and 27 from OBC- A and 19 from OBC B category besides 4 physically challenged students.
The Chief Minister called upon people to keep environment clean in the wake of the outbreak of dengue, while asking the administration to initiate measures in this regard.
During her visit to the district, the Chief Minister inaugurated eight projects including a government engineering college at Purulia. The college, affiliated to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), would have all the required infrastructure along with good faculty.
The college would offer four-year B.Tech degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science engineering, electronics and communication engineering.