No Acche Din, it is only Bure Din, Mamata slams Centre

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Raiganj (West Bengal), Aug 13: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday criticised the Centre for the bad condition of National Highway 34 in the state after using that road to reach northern parts of the state. According to reports, Banerjee expressed frustration, saying she has been telling the Centre to repair the key highway over the last three years but no step was taken. NH-34, which connects Kolkata with Dalkhola in North Dinajpur district, is a key road connecting northeastern India.

Banerjee was scheduled to leave for Raiganj for administrative meetings by train but cancelled it at the last moment and set off in a car. While speaking to the local officials after reaching the destination, the chief minister said about the extreme inconvenience she faced while travelling by car on the bad road and also asked the public works officials to travel by road to the state capital and give report on the condition of NH-34.

Banerjee mocked the Centre during the meeting. "Where is the Acche Din (good days)? It's the Bure Din (bad days). Give us the national highway. We will take care of it," a report in Bengali daily Anandabazaar Patrika quoted her as saying.

Public officials, however, said a large section of the road which the chief minister had taken on Tuesday also falls under the state highway category but its condition was equally bad. Banerjee was reportedly quiet on that part.

The Centre has alleged that the state government hasn't shown interest in acquiring land and evicting the land encroachers for expanding the highway.

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