Siliguri: An office of the chief minister will come up at Richmond Hill in Darjeeling, north Bengal development minister Rabindranath Ghosh said at ‘Uttarkanya’ on Friday.
Mamata Banerjee, during her earlier visits to Darjeeling, had said that a branch of the CMO would be set up in hills to facilitate administrative works. It would be manned by an official from the CMO, she had said.
Rabindranath Ghosh said, “The chief minister’s office will come up at Richmond Hill in Darjeeling. Our department will build the office by spending Rs 2 crores. It will have a conference room and an office block, with the chief minister’s chamber and other necessary infrastructure. Also, an arrangement for accommodation would be made separately.” The chief minister, during her visits to Darjeeling, stays in Richmond Hill, where there is a bungalow owned by the state.
Ghosh, who held a review meeting with his officials on Friday, also discussed on some other projects. The meeting, sources said, was held to have updated information ahead of the proposed visit of the chief minister. Mamata is likely to visit Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills on next week, said sources.
“We have also taken the task to rebuild the Raj Rajeswari Hall of Kurseong. The total project cost is Rs 1.50 crores and half of the amount has already been provided to the district magistrate of Darjeeling,” said the minister.