West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Renames 6 Townships In The State

24/04/2015 8:36 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Chief Minister of West Bengal state and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee addresses an election rally in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world's largest democracy. The upstart AAP had a surprisingly strong showing in local elections late last year. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

KOLKATA — West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today renamed six townships in the state, officials said.

Of them, Siliguri will be known as Teesta, a major river in North Bengal, and Bolpur as 'Gitabitan', a popular compilation of songs of Rabindranath Tagore.

The twin industrial towns of Asansol-Durgapur will be known as 'Agnibina', a collection of poems by poet Kazi Najrul Islam.

Gajaldoba in Malda district has been rechristened as 'Mukta Tirtha' while Garia near this metropolis will become 'Uttam City', after the late matinee idol Uttam Kumar, the officials said.

Banerjee renamed Kalyani, the township in Nadia district developed during the time of Bidhan Chandra Roy's chief ministership, as 'Samriddhi'.

A seventh satellite township, 'Viswa-Bangla' will come up later near the Eastern Metropolitan By-pass in the city to house government employees, the officials said.

Banerjee had also renamed several stations in metro railway in the city when she was Railway Minister.

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