SILCHAR: It was day one of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's visit with a bounty of development projects that began with the visit to the site of the proposed Mini Secretariat of Barak Valley at Sreekona as promised during the Sarbananda Sonowal government with the sole objective of decentralization of administration for the convenience of the people and to strengthen the bond of better relations between Barak and Brahmaputra valleys.
The Chief Minister said Rs 116 crore has been sanctioned for its construction. The work on it will begin after the Puja festival and be completed in three years to the cheers of the gathering on the occasion.
Another important connectivity of Silchar bypass that has been dragging feet for years got a push in the right direction after the Chief Minister came down with his retinue of officials, Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, MP Dr Rajdeep Roy, MLA, Kaushik Roy and other BJP leaders. He did not go for seeking any explanation from the PWD but sent the message right for its early completion. This bypass will connect the national at Ramnagar point with NH at up Sonabarighat and facilitate movement of vehicular traffic to and fro Mizoram. Being a ring road, it will eliminate traffic bottlenecks of Silchar town.
The great event on the development agenda of Himanta Biswa Sarma was to lay the foundation stone of the multi-utility building of Red Cross Society, Silchar with tumultuous applaud of the dignitaries, doctors and staff. The building will house a blood bank, pathology, radiology and office of the Indian Red Cross Society. It would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh under the untied fund for 2021-2022 Silchar LAC. Later, addressing a public meeting, the Chief Minister said he would like to see Silchar Red Cross Society develop as a model in the state.
The Chief Minister was all praise for Silchar MLA Dipayan Chakraborty, the Hony General Secretary of IRS, for his dynamic approach to drawing a new road map for the dream wish of Mother Teresa to have a special care facility for children here. "It will be our best of endeavour to fulfil the desire of Mother Teresa and the people of Cachar," said the Chief Minister.
The State Government will extend necessary help when needed, he assured.
Yet another significant addition during the development visit was the inauguration of a 40-bedded ICU and a 30-bedded Pediatric ICU at Silchar Medical College Hospital. Here also the Chief Minister, in his brief address to doctors, nursing staff and invited guests, said the premier SMCH would be an ideal centre of treatment and is ready to meet the impending threat of the third wave. Dr Rajdeep Roy MP and Keerthi Jalli, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, were with Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma all along his itinerary.