Birpara: Alipurduar The administration provided ambulances for the residents of two tea gardens near the Bhutan border in Birpara of the district. Alipurduar District Magistrate Surendra Kumar Meena handed over the keys of the ambulance to Bandapani and Ramjhora tea garden authorities on Friday. BDO Sharan Tamang of Madarihat, Chairman of Jaigaon Development Board Gangaprasad Sharma, Vice Chairman Joyprakash Toppo, Vice Chairman of North Bengal Development Board Mridul Goswami, Trinamool District President Prakash Chik Baraik, Madarihat-Birpara Panchayat Samiti Chief Executive Rashidul Alam etc. The District Magistrate said, “Each ambulance has been bought for 9 lakh 45 thousand (nine lakh forty five thousand). Each of the 67 tea gardens in the district has taken up some development plan. The tea gardens of Birpara are two rugged. So one ambulance each has been provided there for the convenience of the residents of those two gardens.”
Distance from Birpara to Ramjhora is 8 km. The distance to Bandapani tea garden is 13 km. One has to cross 2 unbridged rivers and 3 unbridged rivers if going straight. Residents of Joybirpara, Dhekalapara and Bandapani tea plantations face great difficulty in taking patients to hospitals during monsoon due to lack of bridges. As there are no bridges, many ambulance drivers do not want to cross the rough river bed even in the dry season. Most importantly, the workers in those tea plantations lacked financial support. Bandapani opened four months ago after 9 years. The work of tidying up the garden has just begun. Rashidul Alam said, “This time because the garden authority has an ambulance, the laborers’ difficulties have eased.”
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