Staff Correspondent SILCHAR, Aug 20 - The prolonged wait by the people of southern Assam ended back in November 2015 when the first broad-gauge train chugged off from Silchar and soon the much-expected Mini Secretariat will also be a reality, feels Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy.
Minister of Forests, Fisheries and Excise Parimal Suklabaidya and Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy performing ceremonial bhumi pujan rituals for the Mini Secretariat at Srikona, on Tuesday. – Photo: Silchar Staff Correspondent
Addressing a gathering after performing the ceremonial bhumi pujan rituals for the Mini Secretariat along with Minister of Forests, Fisheries and Excise Parimal Suklabaidya on Tuesday at Srikona here, Dr Roy said, “much like the withering of communication bottlenecks courtesy broad gauge lines, coming up of the Mini Secretariat here, would wipe off the so-called differences of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys. Since 2016, the State Government has given priority to the development of Barak Valley and the mini secretariat was on top of the list.” He also informed that the State Government is likely to convene a Cabinet meeting in Barak Valley in this winter session.
In his speech, Parimal Suklabaidya said that 70 per cent of the work of the Government would be done here in the mini secretariat. He also hoped that the East-West corridor will be open for the public in another two years. The Minister termed the coming of former Congress heavy weight Minister Gautam Roy as a welcome move for the party.
Silchar MLA Dilip Kumar Paul too hoped that the developmental spree shall achieve it's optimum level the day the much-awaited Mini Secretariat starts operating here.
Cachar Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri in her speech informed that this is the first branch of Civil Secretariat in the State outside Guwahati.
Elaborating on the technical details of the construction, PWD Superintending Engineer Probal Kanti Deb informed that the Mini Secretariat would come up across 16 bigha, 15 katha and 1 chatak land area in Srikona under Borkhola constituency. For construction of retaining walls, boundary fencing and land development, a sum of Rs 4.13 crore has been sanctioned and an estimate of additional amount to the tune of Rs 135.07 crore for construction of the Secretariat block, Assembly building, office quarters and staff quarters has been sent for approval.
Former Union Minister Kabindra Purakayastha, Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar, all the MLAs of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi (barring Congress MLA from Lakhipur Rajdip Goala), Deputy Commissioners of Karimganj and Hailakandi along with the office-bearers of Sadou Asom Zilla Prasashan Karmachari Sanstha and Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad attended the ceremony.