SNS, Mirik, 30 March 2017: Fire crackers started bust-ing near Aley Ground as chief minister Mamata Banerjee declared Mirik as a subdivision. Hundreds of people thronged at the ground as the chief minister arrived at the ground at 2.40 p.m.
"It is a historic moment for us. We have no word to express our gratitude to the CM for upgrading Mirik block to sub division, We now do not have to go to Kurseong for administrative work," said Sunita Pradhan, a resident of Mirik.
The people welcomed Miss Banerjee's speech with spontaneous claps. The chairmen of 15 development boards of the Hills were present on the programme.
Local people from different communities stood in queues with their traditional attires on both sides of the roads approaching Mirik to welcome Miss Banerjee.
The notification of Mirik sub division was also issued today So far Mirik block was under Kurseong sub division.
Aswini Kumar Roy took charge as the sub divisional officer while Partha Pratim Roy as sub divisional police officer.
Recalling his memory, Wt Bengal chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee said that he had also served as a sub divisional officer of Kurseong about 12 years ago. "I am proud that I got the opportunity to be part of the occasion today" Mr Basudev said.
The new subdivision will cover Mirik police station.
The programme concluded with singer turned politician Indranil Sen's songs.