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Calcutta High Court vacates stay on GTA road tenders, Gautam Deb welcomes

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Justice Nadira Patherya of Calcutta High Court today withdrew the stay on the floating of tender by the North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) on the building of three roads in the Gorkha Territorial Administration area. The stay was withdrawn after the GTA counsel could not produce the letter of objection which it had reportedly sent to NBDD.
The court after withdrawing the stay order had directed that a report be placed before it after the puja vacation. Earlier, the GTA had challenged the tender process and contended as the route of the roads pass through the area under its jurisdiction, the work should be done by it. 
In Siliguri, North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb expressed happiness over Calcutta High Court’s decision to vacate an injunction over three road projects in the Hills within the jurisdiction of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
Notably, GTA officer bearers had moved Calcutta High Court against what they called the state government’s ‘interference’ in the jurisdiction of the GTA.
Taking to reporters at Uttarkanya today, Mr Deb said: “Calcutta High Court today vacated the injunction over the three road projects in the Hills, which were conceived by the north Bengal development department, and has fixed the next date for a hearing on the matter.”
“Following the HC’s decision we will be able to continue with the process of the three road projects. The projects were taken up with financial help from the RIDF–XX (Rural Infrastructure Development Fund) for Kurseong, Kalimpong and Darjeeling sub division areas. A total of Rs 8 crore has been estimated for the roads,” Mr Deb said. Indirectly criticising GTA office-bearers, Mr Deb said: “The state government has been extending financial assistance for the development in the Hills but...”
“The government had allotted Rs 30 crore for the construction of the road at Rohini connecting Darjeeling. It has built a bridge over Little Rangeet river at Bijanbari after it collapsed, claiming nearly 32 lives, but ‘they’ went against the development projects launched in the interest of the people.”(sns)

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