Following intervention of Member of Parliament from Balurghat constituency, Arpita Ghosh for selection of spot for the proposed university in the district in Balurghat yesterday, the civic administration in South Dinajpur has subsequently started selection of land in and around the town.
It is learnt that a five member team of the Land and Land Reforms department today visited the spot at Mahinagar Agricultural Training center which is estimated to be spread across more than 43 acres. A number of student organizations in the town in the meantime have appreciated the move of the civic body.
“A team of Land and Land Reforms department have inspected the land today. No officials were however accompanied in the team. The inspected land lies under Hazipur village under Danga gram panchayat in Balurghat block which is only two kilometers away from the municipality area and is situated under the agricultural training center in Balurghat.
A total of 43 acres of land can be used for the university campus and according to government norms, 15 acres is sufficient for a university campus,” sources said. The Minister of State, North Bengal Development Department, Bachhu Hansda said, “People of Balurghat and some organizations have demanded for establishment of a university since years. They have reported me and all the officials of the district administration including the chief minister for the same. I must say that the credit must go to the people of Balurghat and the land inspected in Balurghat should be finalized for the proposed university.”
The Member of Parliament of Balurghat, Arpita Ghosh said, “Our first priority is to finalize the spot for the proposed university by specifying a land as soon as possible. The tag of war between Gangarampur and Balurghat will delay the project.
My district has a golden opportunity and we will make it successful. The district administration has visited the land in Balurghat today. We will send the report to the state and the final decision will be taken up by the government.”