West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today unveiled a slew of development projects for Birbhum district, among which are a new IT hub, which is already in progress, theme city Gitabitan, housing complex at Prantik and a newly designed Tarapith area. The chief minister said after an administrative meeting in Bolpur that the district would immensely benefit with the completion of the ongoing and new projects. Apart from the under-construction IT hub, an MSME market would be built up to sell produce of small and medium artisans where products of the well-knwon labels like Tantuja, Manjushree and Khadi would be available. The market would also host a Biswa Bangla outlet, she said.
A 129-acre land has been identified and granted to the Sriniketan-Santiniketan Development Authority (SSDA) for the development of theme city ‘Gitabitan’ in Bolpur, which would promote the state’s art and culture. A cluster of housing complexes would come up at in the Prantik area to meet the growing demand for shelter by local people, she said adding that work was in progress to re-design the temple town ‘Tarapeeth’.
Lauding the law and order situation in Birbhum district, Banerjee said that the state police would raise another battalion to cope with the emerging situation in the district and its adjacent areas. She asked the police to act impartially. The chief minister held a meeting with the Visva Bharati University authority to discuss development projects.
In the meeting she discussed with the officials the theft of the Nobel medallion of Rabindranath Tagore and observed that she would be the happiest person if the priceless object could be retrieved.