Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cleanliness Drive at Nagarayan

Along with various initiatives being taken by NKDA for New Town during the "Parichhannata Week" (citizen meet at Mela Ground, Special Discussion at Business Club, Interactions through Associations and rally), at the UD Department building at Salt Lake ("Nagarayan", at DF8 Salt Lake) too we discussed and formed committees at each of the 6 floors with senior officers as Co-ordinators and Nodal Officers and staff. We intend to award a letter of appreciation to the best floor team at the end of the week on Sep 5.
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Millennium Post dt 30 August 2016

Millennium Post dt 30 Aug 2016

Times of India dt 30 Aug 2016

Aajkal dt 30 Aug 2016

Khabar 365 dt 30 Aug 2016

Khabar 365 dt 30 Aug 2016

Bartaman dt 30 Aug 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Four Events Flagged off

This morning, sharp at 10am, Minister Firhad Hakim flagged off several events. The advertisement released in several papers is given above. Few photographs (courtesy Sanjit Sharma) are given below.

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(Top & Below) Ei Samay dt 29 Aug 2016

HT dt 29 Aug 2016
Times of India dt 29 August 2016
Asian Age dt 29 August 2016
Times of India dt 29 Aug 2016

HT dt 29 Aug 2016

HT dt 29 Aug 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

DPR for Safe New Town

In pursuance of State Government's "Safe Drive, Save Live" campaign, we have done an analysis of traffic accident data for last 3 years' data and plotted the accident prone spots. This was shared with the police at NKDA in a meeting held last Friday where Shri Gyanwant Singh, IPS CP Bidhannagar, DC Traffic, other police officers and officers of Hidco / NKDA were present. The map is as follows:

Road Map of New Town: red dots show accident-prone junctions. Size of circle represents gravity of problem.

It was decided that BUIDL (A JV between UD Department and IL&FS) would do a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on steps required to be taken to cope with the unique issues of New Town that has to take care of trunk traffic to Airport from Kolkata, pockets of dense habitation (Action Area 1, around City Centre 2, around Sukhobrishti and around Unitech/ DLF/ Eco Space) and underused wide good roads. The conflict happens when speeding vehicles in relatively less populated areas clash with dense traffic areas. BUIDL has been requested to co-ordinate with and take inputs from Hidco, NKDA, Police and Transport Department. A joint field inspection is scheduled on Mondat 29th August.

Even before the survey and report are started, certain broad agreements emerged after studying the map:
1. Three auto-manual signals to be erected by NKDA in the first phase (Jatragachi Bridge, Jagardanga Crossing and Akankshya More)
2. Auto Number Plate Recognition and Red Light Violation Detection devices to be installed by NKDA at three points (New Town Bus Terminus, Rabindra Tirtha junction and Chinar Park Crossing)
3. CCTVs to be installed by Police at six points (City Centre 2, Box Bringe entry, Jatragachi phari, Nawabpur crossing, Axis Mall Crossing and in front of Unitech)
4. Four bus bays to be constructed by Hidco (Nawabpur Crossing, City Centre 2, Noapara Crossing and Unitech frontage)
5. Rubberised rumble strips at few points on Service Roads
6. Height barriers at some entry points
7. Restriction on entry of lorries in New Town between 6am to 9pm in general.
8. Identification of Bus / Lorry Parking ground area for night parking.

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Khabar 365 dt 28 August 2016

ToI dt 28 August 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Smart Waste Bins

We got a demonstration yesterday on smart bins. A sensor is located at the top of a large plastic beam which through an ultrasonic sensor would indicate on a GIS map when the bin is filing up. Thus an efficient collection system would evolve from a central control room monitor.
I requested them to demonstrate 5 or so smart dustbins in Eco Park.
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Anandabazar dt 27 Aug 16

Times of India dt 27 August 2016

Khabar 365 dt 27 AAugust 2016

Millennium Post dt 27 August 2016

Millennium Post dt 27 August 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

National Conference on New Towns

Day before yesterday, we started on a new visioning exercise for New Town. This was based on a letter dated 22 August 2016 of Chief Secretary to all departments to prepare Vision and Mission ducuments for the long, medium and long term. The letter is being circulated to all Development Authorities from UD Department. Of these, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has started the exercise with the help of IIT Kharagpur.
Dr T.N.Majumdar of IIT Kharagpur gave a presentation on a draft inception idea. All senior officers of Hidco and NKDA were present. In the presentation Dr Majumdar highlighted that new inequalities were being created in cities around the world with high profile corporate functions on the one hand and low skilled low wage mostly contractual services. This called for a dual approach to city development, with a Housing-Mobility trade-off for low wage labour. Indeed, I remarked at this point, the number of commuting persons to New Town is 200%of the resident population. I also remarked that problems of developing new cities were rather peculiar and similar and we coulld draw lessons from and compare experiences with such other similar cities like Lavasa, Amby Valley, Navi Mumbai,  Amravati, Naya Raipur and the like. We decided to hold an experience sharing national workshop in January 2017 in association with IIT.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Organic Market to be set up by Agri-Marketing Department

An 18 kottah plot of land beside the Major Arterial road was allotted by the Hidco Board to the Agricultural Marketing Department for setting u an Organic Market in New Town. I spoke to Mr Rajesh Sinha, IAS Pr Secretary and learnt that they have already started design process.
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Millennium Post dt 24 August 2016

Times of India dt 24 August 2016

Anandabazar dt 24 August 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Smart Poles

Last Saturday, I held a long meeting seeking information on Smart Poles from various stakeholders. The matter arose as follows. I'd go a proposal from the electrical wing of Hidco on setting up LED street lights in few streets of New Town. I thought that we should explore the idea of using smart poles for these LED street lights where we can install CCTV, WiFi, traffic sensors, air pollution monitoring, motion detecting energy savers, distress buttons for emergencies, road information displays, and even mobile phone towers. The meeting went very  well and we were informed of best practices in Bhopal, Navi Mumbai and elsewhere in the world. Every participant was advised to give concrete suggestions within a week on how to take this forward in New Town, either on a 'Proof of Concept' basis or on Pilot Basis.

I will hold a meeting with traffic police on Friday afternoon to further refine these ideas so that we can use the electric street poles to makethe streets more safe and secure using technology and smart policing.
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Millennium Post dt 23 Aug 2016

Ei Samay dt 23Aug 2016

Anandabazar dt 23 Aug 2016