Assam CM Himanta
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a gathering in Bhebarghat. Image credit - NOrtheast Now

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said the land acquisition process for NH-15 bypass project in Darrang is underway and the construction work is likely to start in the coming New Year.

Chief minister Sarma made the announcement while addressing a BJP meeting on Friday while inaugurating the newly-built multi-storey building of the Darrang district BJP office at Bhebarghat.

Chief minister Sarma lamented that the government has failed to take up developmental government projects like medical college, engineering college and model college due to lack of free government lands in Darrang district.

“Assam government wants to build a medical college, engineering college, model college and many other government schemes in Darrang district but there is no free government land for such schemes to start,” chief minister Sarma said.

“I urge MP Dilip Saikia and the people of Mangaldai to search for 200-250 bighas of government land at an early date,” said the chief minister said.

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Chief minister Sarma also gave a brief account of the progress of the work for Assam Skill University at Mangaldai at an estimated cost of Rs 1000 crore, the foundation of which was laid by former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 15, 2020.

Chief minister Sarma said, “The Vice-Chancellor of the university (Assam Skill University) has already been appointed. The NIT for tender has been issued and tenders are submitted.”

“Today at this hour when we are having this meeting, the loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank has been signed and within a short time the construction will be expedited,” the Assam chief minister said.

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Chief minister Sarma said, “The land acquisition process for NH-15 bypass project is underway and if the God wants its construction work will start in the coming New Year.”

Earlier, he highlighted how the organizational strength of the saffron party has grown in Assam and the Northeast over the last five and six years.

He claimed with around 45 lakhs active members, the BJP is far stronger than the 100 years old Congress party.

Sarma said, “Three Ks – Karyakarta, Karyalaya and Kosh – are the base for a political party to grow and after Karyakarta and Karyalaya, now the party will generate ‘Kosh’ from the donation of the party members to run the party with its interest amount in future.”

The meeting was also addressed by Assam Pradesh BJP president Bhabesh Kalita, Mangaldai MP Dilip Saikia, guardian minister of Darrang district Chandra Mohan Patowary, Sipajhar MLA Paramananda Rajbongshi and former MP Ramen Deka among others.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com