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Century old tea garden reopens

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Siliguri, Feb 22 (UNI) Century old New Chamta Tea Estate near here, closed since last December, reopened after a tri-partite agreement here.

The 150-year-old tea garden, one of the oldest tea estates in Terai, closed following management-labour disputes, was reopened yesterday.

West Bengal Urban Development and Municipal Minister Ashok Bhattacharya, also a local MLA, took initiative for reopening the garden which has about 1000 workers.

The Joint Labour Commissioner, Terai French of Indian Tea Planters' Association, which owned the garden, and the trade union leaders, at a meeting at the PWD bunglow on Monday, jointly decided to restart the garden without any pre-condition.

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