Water meters to prevent wastage

To prevent wastage of water, Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to instal water meters inside homes and on pipes. The project has been started on a pilot basis.

Six wards in Borough I have been selected for the pilot. About 7,500 water meters have been installed. For each home, there is a meter inside the home and another on the main pipe which is supplying the home.

Through the meters, officials would have a clear idea of how much water is being used by each household and accordingly find out ways to reduce the usage. The meters would also help officials know if there is a crack through which water is spilling out.

According to KMC officials, the ideal usage of piped water per person per day should be 150 litres (l) but 450 to 550 l is being used. So obviously there is a need for conservation of water.

KMC to conserve water bodies in Kolkata

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities are conducting a massive drive to conserve water bodies in the city. Project management unit and slum development department of the civic body have undertaken 18 projects to revamp the water bodies and undertake their annual maintenance.

“We are conducting a massive drive to save water bodies in the city. This is needed for maintenance of the ecological balance and saving the environment,” Swapan Samaddar, member, mayor-in-council (slum development & environment), said.

A water body at Bhukailash is being renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 99 lakh. Again Rs10 lakh would be spent for the conservation of Gopal Ghat in ward 73 and undertake restoration of a water body at Beliaghata Main Road.

Another water body on Tollygunge Road, too, is set to be restored at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh by KMC. Many other water bodies in Bansdroni and Fatehpur first lane in Metiabruz will be given attention.

KMC had already beautified Laldighi under JNNURM scheme at a cost of Rs 3.65 crore.

Fifteen heritage structures across West Bengal to be restored

The West Bengal Government, led by Trinamool Congress, has taken huge initiative to restore the lost glory of the heritage sites all over the State.

The State Information and Cultural Affairs Department (I&CA) has started restoration and conservation of 15 heritage structures across the state.

Sites to be restored

Among the important heritage structures that have been chosen for the restoration is Buxa Fort at Buxa, Alipurduar. An integrated development plan has also been chalked up for Buxa Fort. The conservation and restoration of Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel in Kalimpong will be done. The Duff College building in the city at Jorabagan will be conserved. Another big project is the conservation and restoration of Rangibasan Palace at Mahishadal in East Midnapore.

The other heritage structures that have been included in the list for conservation and restoration are the excavated site at Moghalmari in West Midnapore, conservation and development of Duplex Palace Museum at Hooghly’s Chandernagore, development and extension of Murshidabad district museum at Jiaganj and North Dinajpur district museum, development of the Site Museum at Malda’s Jagjibanpur for Rs 2.15 crore, the third phase restoration and conservation work of Danish Governor’s House and the restoration of Henry Martin’s Pagoda in Serampore, Hooghly and some others like restoration and conservation of Govinda temple at Icchapore in North 24-Parganas and restoration of Raghunath temple at Boromakalitola Road at Hooghly’s Pandua. The authorities chose the sites after thorough surveys.

Restoration of Tiretti Bazar

Incidentally, the West Bengal Tourism Department has decided to renovate and resurrect the Tiretti Bazar, the erstwhile Old China Town in central Kolkata, in association with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and a Singapore-based orgnaisation. The project named ‘Cha’ l promises to take one back to the last decades of the 18th century, when the Chinese had started trickling into the city to become permanent settlers. From food and drinks to street shopping, the  project will bring give an oriental touch to Kolkata

Conservation of Kolkata’s heritage – KMC’s achievements

Kolkata Municipal Corporation led by Trinamool Congress is committed towards conservation and maintenance of Kolkata’s heritage.

With this goal in mind, the Corporation under several initiatives like acquiring the residence of Sister Nivedita or rejuvenation of Sarat Sadan.


Conservation and rejuvenation of Kolkata’s heritage

  • Kolkata Municipal Corporation has acquired the residence of Sister Nivedita which has been handed over to Ramakrishna Mission for proper care and maintenance
  • The house adjacent to Swami Vivekanada’s house has been acquired for the same reason

 Conservation of theatres

  • Rejuvenation and modernisation of Mohit Mancha, Star Theatre and Sarat Sadan have been completed
  • Kolkata Municipal Corporation has acquired Uttam Mancha which has also been modernised