CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held an administrative meeting at Howrah, the first in the district after she came to power for the second term last month.
Following the meeting, Mamata announced that the state government would set up a small and medium industry hub at Belur in Howrah, which would generate employment for five lakh people. “We will build Shilpa Tirtha, a small and medium industry hub at Belur, which will have a potential of employing 4.5 to 5 lakh people. The city of Yokohama will help in the construction of this hub,” she said.
Expressing satisfaction over the work done in the district, Mamata said: “The district has done 100 per cent work when it comes to Kanyashree and MNREGA schemes. Last year, we had clocked 44 days in the 100-days work scheme. We aim for 100 days this time. No fund should be left unutilised. I will not tolerate any hurdles in way of developmental works.”
Lauding Howrah Mayor Rathin Chatterjee, the CM said: “For developmental work in Howrah Municipal Corporation area, we will allot Rs 2 crore from the Rajya Sabha MP’s fund.”
She added that a six-km embankment was being constructed at the flood-prone areas of Udaynarayanpur and Pursura, and a bridge across river Damodar.
Upgradation of ferry ghats in Howrah was also discussed in the meeting. “The transport department will bring ferry ghats under a single umbrella. Residents of Uluberia, who have to reach Achipur in South-24 Parganas, face a lot of difficulty owing to inadequate ferry ghats. The Achipur ferry ghat will be ready in the next six months,” said Mamata.
The CM said a new multi-super speciality hospital is also coming up in Howrah. “The traffic system of Howrah will be revamped. The whole district will get electricity by next one or two months,” she added.
Mamata further said that the Mangala Haat (weekly market) would be renovated jointly by KMDA and Howrah Improvement Trust. “They should together shoulder the responsibility of making Howrah beautiful just like KMDA and Kolkata Improvement Trust had done in case of Kolkata,” she added.