Monday, December 5, 2016

Poetry Festival, Mela and Book Fair at New Town

I held a review meeting yesterday Sunday regarding preparations for the ensuing New Town Mela, New Town Book Fair and National Poetry Festival, all scheduled to start on 23-24 Dec 2016. It was decided that an MoU will be signed among Hidco, NKDA and Boi Mela Committee and that Asit Chatterjee, Joint Secretary UD, Anup Matilal Curator RT and Prasanta Maji Administrator Swapna Bhor would be govt nominees.

The New Town Mela would be held on the Mela Ground near Rabindra Tirtha. A special pedestrian entry and a Bus Stop near the main gate is being arranged by Hidco. The Mela will showcase cultural functions from Durgotsav Committees every day and attempts are being to bring in sponsored artistes as well. The Mela is being organised by NKDA.

The Boi Mela, normally held in February for last two years, has been preponed to synergise with the Mela so that more people can have the choices. Along with the Boi Mela, scheduled to be held in Swapna Bhor (Senior Citizen Park) a 3-day National Poetry Festival is also being organised for the first time in Swapna Bhor by the Boi Mela Committee in collaboration with Hidco and NKDA. This will be a unique attempt to strengthen Kolkata's image as the Cultural Hub of India.Invitations to prominent poets from within and outside the state are being sent out. There would be many other activities as well.
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Asian Age dt 5 Dec 2016

Millennium Post dt 5 Dec 2016
Bartaman dt 5 Dec 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Central Park Frontage

Salt Lake Central Park Frontage Beautification Scheme
Few days ago, I along with engineers of UD Diraj Dhar, Special Engineer and others inspected the front portion of Central Park, Salt Lake. The Park is maintained by UD's engineering wing at Nirman Bhavan and is very extensively used especially in winter. Sabala Mela is going on now and just before that there was CII's Travel and Tourism Fair. In fact all dates till February are booked and some notable users every year, other than the ones already mentioned, include Bidhannagar Mela, Saras Mela, Rathyatra, Rabindra Jayanti and many more. But of late, there is a felt need of upgrading the infrastructure. So now a scheme has been drawn up by UD Engineers and a Detailed Project Report is just ready. After budget provisioning, tenders will be invited.
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Khabar 365 dt 4 Dec 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Concrete Art

Near MWM

Near Gate 5
Concrete Art, or Engineer's Art. Street installation using scrapped materials like pile caps and discarded hume pipes. Converted into art objects by engineers of PHED.
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Ei Samay dt 3 Dec 2016

MP, dt 3 Dec 2016

Khabar 365 dt 3 Dec 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Banglar Mishti Hub

Artist's impression of Mishhti Hub near Gate 3 of Eco Park 

The Board of Hidco in its meeting dated 25 November resolved to approve construction of Banglar Mishti Hub in New Town for promotion of traditional Bengali sweets with particular focus on people flying out from Kolkata.  Renowned sweet shops will be able to display and sell various types of Bangla sweets. The Board noted that many well known brands of Kolkata have shown interest in participating. But the Hub of 10 odd stores will also have space for traditional geo-tagged Bangla sweets such as Shaktigarh's Lyangcha, Bardhaman's Mihidana-Sitabhog, Krishnanagar's Sarbhaja-Sarpuria, Berhampore's Chhanabora etc.

The design was approved by the Board and tenders have been invited.
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Khabar 365 dt 2 Dec 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meeting on Gitabitan

Draft Brochure of proposed Gitabitan Township in Shantiniketan
We held a long review meeting on Gitabitan Township yesterday. The brochure design was finalised and target dates were given to different wings such as PHED, WBSEDCL, SSDA, HIDCO etc. We decided that although theme and culture would be the theme, all street lights would be LED and there would be Wi Fi hotspots too. We will take the next stage after next Friday.

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Bartaman dt 1 Dec 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Designer Wi Fi Hot Spot

Suman Neogy, Debashis Datta, me, Sutanu Kar,
Debapriya Biswas and Arup Ghosh:
29th Nov 2016

Yesterday, we launched the first designer Wi Fi Hot Spot in New Town Kolkata. This is at the first rotary traffic island, near the Bus Stand. The design is made by a team from IIT Kharagpur led by Prof Dr D Pandit. The fabrication of the white metal structure is done by an engineering team led by Suman Neogy, GM, Hidco. The bandwidth / router is provided by NTTIDCO, a joint venture company of Hidco.
The idea is to universalise access to internet, create public spaces that encourages real-life socializing (not only on facebook !: see the number of people already making use of it in the lower picture). We will analyse the responses received from the pilot ptoject and then spread out to 60 odd locations in New Town already identified by the IIT Team
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Khabar 365 st 30 Nov 2016

Anandabazar dt 30 Nov 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Green City Mission Launched

Minister Firhad Hakim, me, Talleen Kumar, Pr Secy IT
At Nazrul Tirtha today, Minister Firhad Hakim launched the Green City Mission by watering a plant and inaugurating a website ( ). All Municipal Chairpersons of the state were invited and many came with their officers. Tallen Kumar, IAS Pr Secy IT, Raju Das, IFS, MD, WBWDCL, Sudip Datta, COO BUIDL, Anindya Chattopadhyay, Special Secretary  Power, Mani Pradhan, Director SUDA, Ms Shakuntala Ghosh, Chairpeerson IGBC (Eastern India), CII etc also spoke. S Mukherjee, JS and I presented on behalf of UD/ Hidco. A proforma was given for benchmarking that will be the baseline for implementing the mission. A WhasApp Group was also to be formed