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'Teesta Barrage Project to be commissioned as per schedule'

Blaming the erstwhile Left Front for "delay" in executing the ambitious Teesta Barrage Project, the Mamata Banerjee government today said it is committed to the "long-standing" venture's completion as per schedule.

kolkata Updated: Sep 08, 2011 23:07 IST

Blaming the erstwhile Left Front for "delay" in executing the ambitious Teesta Barrage Project, the Mamata Banerjee government on Thursday said it is committed to the "long-standing" venture's completion as per schedule.

"Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has accorded top priority to this long-pending project which is scheduled to be commissioned by March 2015," irrigation minister Manas Bhunia told reporters at the state secretariat.

Elaborating its status, he said, "It was declared a national project in 2009 to ensure a smooth flow of fund from the Centre with a share of 90 % and 10 % by the state government from 2010-2011. "Delay in acquisition of land by the previous government, disputes on several plots of acquired lands, poor law and order situation and corruption came in the way of its speedy execution," the minister said.

Bhunia said he had already ordered an inquiry into the loss of equipment and inputs of infrastructure worth Rs 150 crore in 100 acres at Phulbari in north Bengal.

"The previous government also abolished the post of chief engineer (construction), who was to monitor the project." Bhunia said he has directed the chief engineer (establishment), posted in Kolkata, to shift his office to Siliguri within a week and stay there permanently to monitor the progress of the project.