New District Created in West Bengal

A new 21st district of Kalimpong was carved out of Darjeeling in West Bengal. Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres (4,101 ft). The town is the headquarters of the Kalimpong district. The Indian Army’s 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the town.

Darjeeling Hills has been witness to violent statehood movements since 1986 under the leadership of Subhas Ghising and after a few years’ thaw, again under Bimal Gurung, the present chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, in a bid to break away from West Bengal.

Rs. 220 crore road link project will be taken up to connect Kalimpong with Sikkim via the old Silk Route.

Rs. 50 crore water supply project by the public health engineering department will be taken up soon to address Kalimpong’s water scarcity problem.