Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Friday said she would inaugurate a mini secretariat in
north Bengal to decentralise administration and expedite all
development programmes in the region.
The mini secretariat would initially be housed in a
temporary office and a full-fledged structure would take
shape later, she told reporters.
The launch of the mini secretariat would figure among
her various other programmes in the plains of north Bengal,
which she is expected to visit after the signing of the
tripartite Darjeeling treaty at Sukna on July 18.
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi would also be there in
the plains on July 19 to launch a rail-bus project between
Aluabari and Siliguri.
Banerjee said that the state government would give
subsidy for starting air-connectivity between Kolkata and
"Though it may incur loss in the initial years, the
airlink will ultimately become economically viable," Banerjee
said, adding several other small towns in the state would be
A circuit bench of the Calcutta High Court would also
come up in north Bengal, she announced.