HC Deb 29 October 1906 vol 163 cc670-1

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether he has received from India the report of a meeting held at Darjeeling on the 27th September to protest against the delay caused by his postpondement of the Sara bridge project, adopted by the Government in 1903, and the resolutions passed at the meeting; on what ground the execution of the project has been so long delayed; and when it is intended to carry it through.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) I have not received a Report of a meeting at Darjeeling on the subject of the Sara bridge project. The resolution adopted by the Secretary of State in 1904 was to defer a decision as to the best site for a bridge over the Ganges, in Bengal, until further experience had been acquired of the direction of the traffic on the completion of certain lines then in progress. The question of the site to be adopted has not yet been settled, and I am unable to say when the bridge, which will be very costly and involves serious engineering considerations, will be undertaken.