Kalimpong in Darjeeling declared as a new district in West Bengal
Darjeeling Hills has seen violent ruptures of statehood movements since 1986 under the bastion of Subhas Ghising and after a few year's calm, again under Bimal Gurung the present chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, in a bid to break from West Bengal
Kalimpong was declared as a new district by carving out of Darjeeling, which has been demanding a separate statehood since 1980s, by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Banerjee has announced a large number of development projects for the newly formed district at a colourful ceremony, and said, “a Rs 220 crore road link project will be taken up to connect Kalimpong with Sikkim via the old Silk Route.”
She also said a Rs 50 crore water supply project will be taken up by the public engineering department to address Kalimpong's water scarcity problem.
Darjeeling Hills has seen violent ruptures of statehood movements since 1986 under the bastion of Subhas Ghising and after a few year's calm, again under Bimal Gurung the present chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, in a bid to break from West Bengal.
The Subhas Ghising-led Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) had forced the West Bengal government to set up the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), the Bimal Gurung-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s agitation had set the ball rolling for replacing DGHC with the present Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, a local governing body with certain powers.
“I urge all people in the Hills to live peacefully and not pay heed to any attempt of igniting violence,” Banerjee said while referring to the torching of forest and other government bungalows at Tagdah, Kalimpong and some other places in the Hills.
“We have rebuild the Tagdah bungalow and others. We will ensure all-round development of the Hills,” she added while announcing the creation of the state’s 21st district.
“Lepchas, Gurungs, Bhutias and all others are living together, we want you to light up diyas (lamps) of peace,” Mamata said.
“We are celebrating Kalimpong Day on Valentine’s Day,” the Chief Minister said in a lighter tone.
“After the formation of GTA, I set up several boards in the Hills for better development and all are working well,” she said adding, “The new district has been formed for ensuring better development.”