first_imgDarjeeling: In a move set to benefit the Gorkha community significantly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a Gorkha Welfare Centre in Delhi.Banerjee, who was in Delhi on Wednesday to attend the AAP rally, laid the foundation stone for the centre, which will come up at Saket in Delhi. “The centre will be a big help for the students and patients visiting Delhi from the Hills. This is a permanent asset for Darjeeling. It is being done jointly by the state government and the GTA,” stated the Chief Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMinister in her address. A four-storied building will come up in the 28,820 sq feet area at a cost of Rs 20 crore. “This land was given to the DGHC 18 years ago. However, the DGHC and the GTA had failed to come up with anything concrete here. Later, when we took charge of the GTA, we approached the Chief Minister with a proposal for the welfare centre. She immediately agreed. The land had been encroached by land mafia. We had to seek legal recourse with the help of the state government to get back the land,” stated GTA chairman Binay Tamang. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe aim of the centre is to provide accommodation to students who come to Delhi to appear for different examinations, interviews and for patients who come for treatment. It will also serve as a guest house for officials travelling to Delhi. 85 percent of the land will be used for residential purpose, while the rest will be institutional. “The centre is not just for Gorkhas but for all communities. It is not just for the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills but for Gorkhas residing throughout India,” added Tamang.last_img