Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday formally declared Kalimpong as a separate district. The new district was carved out of the Darjeeling with the chief minister making the formal announcement in Kalimpong.

Mamata Banerjee announced many developmental projects for the newly created district and said the decision was taken for ensuring better development.

She said her government will take initiatives to revive the ancient ‘Silk Route’ that connected Nepal and Bhutan with the hills of West Bengal in the past. She also announced a water treatment project costing Rs 50 crore for the area.

“Kalimpong was once connected to Nepal and Bhutan through the Silk Route. We will rebuild it. Our government will invest Rs 220 crore for the road’s construction,” Banerjee said.

 “After the formation of GTA, I set up several boards in the Hills for better development and all are working well,” Banerjee said adding, “The new district has been formed for ensuring better development.”

The Bengal CM said three more districts will be created in the state in the coming days.

Banerjee, who is on her second trip to the hills this year, said Burdwan district’s Asansol and West Midnapore district’s Jhargram sub-division would become separate districts by April.