A team comprising of Mr Nicholas Muhlich (from SNZ, the identified International expert firm for transport) and the national expert for transport study in Siliguri, Mr Utpal Deka conducting the initial visit to the city of Siliguri from 19- 24 November 2017. The experts were accompanied by Dr Monalisa Sen, City Coach, Siliguri, Mr Souhardhya Chakraborty, City Associate, Siliguri and Mr Vijau Saini, Senior Project Officer.
The team carried out extensive discussions with various stakeholders in the city including officials from Siliguri Municipal Corporation (Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Commissioner, Secretary, Member Mayor in Council (Public Works Department and Buildings), Member Mayor in Council (Education & Culture, Sports), Member Mayor in Council (Urban Poverty Eradication and Slum Development), Member Mayor in Council (Water Supply, Housing for All and Self Employment), Executive Engineer); officials from Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Agency (CEO and Associate Planner), SDO, Divisional Manager of NBSTC, officials of WBSPCB (Environment Engineer in Charge and Scientist in Charge).
The team also carried out site visits to understand the present situation of traffic and transport in the city. The experts will carry out more visits to the city for further analysis and develop a feasibility study on rail based mass transport system in the coming months.