Sunday, February 19, 2017

Building Permission in parts of Bhangore to take prior NKDA permission

Planning Area Extended (Shaded Yellow) (see table below)

To control unplanned urban growth, the region surrounding New Town is gradually being subjected to the New Town Building Rules. The BRADA (Bhangore Rajarhat Area Development Authority) was abolished in 2012 and its area in North 24-Paraganas was subjected to the provisions of New Town Building Rules. A land use master plan (LUDCP or Land Use Development and Control Plan) has also been made in this area. In these areas, except for very small buildings, all others must get an NOC from NKDA which scrutinises the building plans as per permissible FAR, height related to road width, covered area of the plot, land character and title etc.
Now recently, the State Government vide its notification number 475 dt 15.2.2017, brought the following mouzas under the planning area of Hidco and will thus be subjected to the Building Rules of NKDA as in erstwhile BRADA area:

A quick survey of this area has just been made by officers of NKDA and HIDCO who went around this zone for a rapid assessment of urbanisation trends. There were six teams from Hidco and NKDA who did the rapid assessment survey. A conference will be held with district, block, Zilla Parishad and Panchayat officers on 23rd February at Hidco Conference Hall to explain the procedures that now have to be adopted. A Master Land Use Register will also be prepared shortly.

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Millennium Post dt 19 Feb 2017

Millennium Post dt 19 Feb 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Meeting with Public Sector Allottees

Meeting with public sector allottees on 17 Feb 2017

I held a meeting with dozens of state / central govt officers yesterday at Hidco to review the progress of projects on plots allotted to them in New Town. There was full participation and senior heads of offices including Chief of Staff Coast Guard, Regional Passport Officer, Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department GoWB, National Security Guard, CPWD, BSNL, EPFO, Central Forensic Laboratory, DRDO, RITES, Netaji Subhas Open University, WB Council of Higher Secondary Examination, DVC, IFFCO, WBSEDCL, WBSETCL, WBPDCL, NTECSC,  Govt of Nagaland, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Balurghat Municipality, Murshidabad Zilla Parishad, Mayel Lyang Lepcha Board, Consumer Affairs Department and others reported progress. Except for few who had just completed possession formalities, all others had started doing plan preparation or plan sanction. Many had completed boundary walls. Some had called for tenders while few had given work others. a handful reported that their construction had been proceeding fast and would be completed within the calendar year. I requested all for accelerating their pace and to seek our help if required. For example, we gave a prototype template to one project manager on how to call for proposals for design on a competitive basis.

In the afternoon, I inspected the site of the second campus of Presidency University. A picture on my mobile:

Second Campus of Presidency University at New Town

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Ebela dt 8 Feb 2017

Ei Samay dt 18 Feb 2017

Salt Lake Telegraph dt 17 Feb 2017

Salt Lake Telegraph dt 18 Feb 2017
Ekdin dt
18 Feb 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gerry Judah at Hidco

Gerry Judah (second from right, with beard) at Hidco on 16 Feb 2017. Also seen in the
photo is Sutanu Ghosh President BCCI and D Biswas CEO NKDA
Gerry Judah, an internationally famous installation artist was in New Town yesterday (see his website at ) . He mentioned that he was in Kolkata till for 10 years when he was a child. At New Town, he visited Smritibon, Mela Ground, Upasanasthal, Unitech island and Eco Park. He liked the water-body of Eco Park.
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Millennium Post dt 16 Feb 2017

Telegraph dt 16 Feb 2017
Pratidin dt 16 Feb 2016

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Smart Customer Centre of NTESC

New Customer Centre of NTESCL at AA1C 

on'ble Minister of Power inaugurated a new customer centre of New Town Electrict Supply Corporation today. CMD WBSEDCL and I were also present.
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ToI dt 15 Feb 2017

Ebela dt 15 Feb 2017

Abz dt 15 Feb 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Spider Glass

Me, GM Suman Neogy and PM Basu: Today on a boom lift

Today, I along with Suman Neogy, GM Hidco and Basu, PM L&T inspected the quality of Spider glazing in the facade glazing using spider glass hardware.

Spider Fitting
What is spider glazing? Spider glazing is an option available for the larger opening elevation in the exterior and entrance of large buildings, an option that does not require framing with steel / metal and so is more obstruction-less, allowing better view both from inside and outside. Spider glazing act as structural support for any high-end exterior design. Spider glazing hardware fittings, toughened glass and various other components are involved in spider glazing concepts. Of course, in still larger spaces non-spider conventional framed glass panels are also being used.

We used a special boom lift that was brought in from Mumbai recently to the project site of the State Convention Centre. The view from the top was quite spectacular.

We also decided that the Convention Centre will be Wi Fi enabled and that the bandwidth will be provided from the Biswa Bangla Wi Fi that is already there in the Major Arterial Road in from of the Convention Centre.

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Asian Age dt 13 Feb 2017

Khabar 365 dt 13 Feb 2017

Millennium Post dt 13 Feb 2017

Telegraph dt 13 Feb 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mix the City : Kolkata (2)

Please see the earlier post on this here .

Yesterday, the film shooting took place at Eco Park's Bamboo Garden. A Photo on my mobile:
The Bitish Council Team at Eco Park on 11 Feb 2017
I recorded a bit of Subir Roy's flute. Here is the link . The project would be ready by September.

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Millennium Post dt 12 Feb 2017

Times of India dt 12 Feb 2017

Anandabazar dt 12 Feb 2017

Ebela dt 12 Feb 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Solar Dome in Eco Park: Work Starts

ED WBSEDCL, ED Bridge and Roof, me, CMD WBSEDCL Rajesh Pandey
 at site today (11 Feb 2017)
Work commenced today morning with beaking of coconut shells and a Bhumi Puja at Eco Park site. The site is close to Herbal Garden, across the water body. The hemi-spheric dome will have a ground level diameter of 45 m, mostly crystalline solar panels and glass panels connected to the power lines through a net metering mechanism so that it will be an net energy positive enclosure. It will be 27 m tall and will have three levels of exhibition space connected through a spiral ramp along the dome and a central lift. The top level will offer a spectacular viewing gallery. The first level will showcase few exhibits on green city while other levels will concentrate on art and culture. Here are few artist's impressions:

It is expected that the project will be completed by next year.

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Millennium Post dt 11 Feb 2017

Telegraph dt 11 Feb 2017
Sukhabar dt 11 Feb 2017