Siliguri: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the annual Uttarbanga Utsav on Monday at Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri. As part of it, week-long festivals will be held in all the eight districts of north Bengal.
Every year, Uttarbanga Utsav is celebrated to showcase local artistes and folk artistes of the eight districts of north Bengal. At the inaugural ceremony, meritorious students from the region were felicitated and Bango Ratna awards were handed over to one person from each of the eight districts.
After coming to power, we started organising Uttarbanga Utsav in 2012. We felicitate eminent citizens of the eight districts of north Bengal with Banga Ratna award.
In the past, no one used to visit north Bengal. I come here every 2-3 months and organise administrative review meetings. This never happened before.
We have set up a mini-Secretariat in north Bengal – Uttarkanya. We have also inaugurated Bhorer Aalo tourism project few days ago. After the new flyover is complete, it will take 45 minutes to go from Bagdogra to Bhorer Aalo.