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GJM GTA delegation meets central ministers discuss dev project for Darjeeling

GJM GTA delegation today met different  central ministers Ministry of Road Transport and Highway,Minister for Tourism and Minister of State (Independent Charge ), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change discussed various development project for Darjeeling.

According to Bimal Gurung Official: Today 3 separate meetings were held with Hon'ble Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Hon'ble Minister for Tourism, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge ), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javedekar, with Hon'ble Chief Executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Shri Bimal Gurung, Hon'ble Member of Parliament Darjeeling Constituency, S. S. Ahluwalia along with Shri Don Bosco Lepcha, IAS, Secretary, GTA, Shri Topden Bhutia, WBCS, Executive Director for Roads, Shri Sonam Bhutia, WBCS, Executive Director for Tourism, Shri Kishore Ghimiray, Executive Engineer, GTA and Shri Nayan Rai, Assistant Engineer, GTA.

The following projects were discussed in detail with Hon'ble Ministry of Road Transport and Highway Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari and will be implemented soon in GTA area:-

1. Alternative 85 kms National Highway from Siliguri via Mirik along Balasan River to Darjeeling
2. PMSGY of 672 kms which will connect the remote areas of GTA.
3. Construction of 112 Bridges in GTA area.
4. Immediate steps to repair the NH55 road with special focus on Tindharia and also repair the 77 km road between Siliguri and Darjeeling. All data were given with a detail project report along with relevant photographs.
5. The GTA team also took up the issue about condition of NH31A as 66 km of this highway falls under GTA area.
6. Immediate repair of the Coronation Bridge as it connects the Darjeeling district with Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts, the Northeast and Bhutan with the rest of India. The team appraised the Ministry that the repairing of the Coronation bridge was stated in MOA of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. An alternative bridge to connect Darjeeling District with Jalpaiguri was also discussed.

The following projects were discussed in detail with Hon'ble Minister for Tourism, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and will be implemented soon in GTA area:-

1. Establishment of Hospitality and Tourism Management Institute;
2. Establishment of a Gorkha House at New Delhi;
3. Sidrabong Hydro Project has been declared a National Heritage but neglected. Funds for its maintenance and upkeep;
4. Construction of Rope way at Kalimpong( Delo – Relly), at Darjeeling (Tukvar-Singla) and (Batasia-Roack Garden), at Mirik ( Mirik – Kurseong), at Kurseong (Giddeypahar- Rohini);;
5. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to be revitalized for boosting Tourism sector.

The GTA delegation also submitted an Addition of 32 new tourism projects keeping in view to promote tourism in Darjeeling.

The Delegation also met Shri Prakash Javedekar, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge ), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and gave him a memorandum for the transfer of Reserved Forest to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration area as stated in MOA of the GTA.

Bimal Gurung Official

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