Kalimpong: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that the process for implementing the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), the new hill council in Darjeeling, would be completed within 10 to 12 days.

“The Chief Minister has assured us that the process for implementing the GTA will be completed within 10 to 12 days,” GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told reporters here after a meeting with the Chief Minister.

Banerjee had taken up the GTA issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 22 in New Delhi as promised to the GJM, which had threatened to burn copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Bill if it did not receive presidential assent by March 27.

In the meeting it was also decided that a medical and an engineering college would be opened in the Darjeeling district. The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is providing infrastructure for the colleges and soon construction would begin.

Mamata also announced Rs 2 lakh for the family members of the three killed in police firing at Siphu on February 8 last year, the GJM general secretary said.

The Chief Minister said that she would take up the issue of electricity bills not paid by hill residents between August 2007 and August 2011 when the GJM agitation was in full swing, with the power minister.

Mamata also assured that a committee headed by the Home secretary would be formed to look into the cases registered against GJM workers and supporters.

(JPN/ Bureau)