Silchar, Sept 18: Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the site at Srikona on the outskirts of Silchar wherein the much anticipated permanent complex of the Mini Secretariat would be constructed and said that steps would be taken to begin the construction shortly.
"Already Rs 116 crore has been alloted for the construction of a building for Mini Secretariat here and after today's inspection, I feel that work should start after Durga Puja. It would take at least another three years to be completed," the Chief Minister told reporters on the sidelines of his visit.
It may be recalled that earlier this year, the Government had declared the Mini Secretariat operational in Barak Valley with its office temporarily located adjacent to the office of Silchar Municipal Board.
He was quick to add that there are certain non-financial administrative works related to pension, EL which would be delegated to the Mini Secretariat here so that people of southern Assam need not rush to Guwahati for getting approvals. Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Additional Secretary would be available here for all such administrative matters to facilitate people, he added.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the construction of Silchar bypass connecting NH306 and NH37 and gave clear instructions to the officials of NHIDCL and PWD to take immediate measures so that the construction work is completed within the estimated time and ease the irksome traffic movement.
Interestingly, in reply to a question on his statement regarding action against the land 'middlemen' in the state, the Chief Minister said that the issue would be dealt with and sought from the media persons a list of the alleged persons involved in such foul play.