IT infrastructure in Bangla growing at rapid pace

From May 2011, an amount of more than Rs 600 crore has been invested by the Trinamool Congress Government in the creation of physical infrastructure in the IT and electronics sector. This includes creation of IT parks and hardware parks, facilities for equipment manufacturing clusters (EMC), etc. The Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) Department is overseeing all of these.

Hardware park and EMCs: Two electronics manufacturing clusters are coming up in Naihati and Falta. Construction is on in full swing. A hardware park in Sonarpur is complete. An IT park in Kalyani has been planned.

Start-up Warehouse: The State Government established a Start-up Warehouse in 2015 in collaboration with NASSCOM for the benefit of new ventures and start-ups in the IT/ITeS sector. Fifty-one companies have been promoted from the centre so far. Nineteen companies have received funding from private investors and nine companies have received their second round of funding.

Capacity building and self-employment: The IT&E Department, through the training wing of Webel, is imparting IT training in the districts and in tier-II/III-level towns in an organised way. Almost 1.5 lakh students were trained and 30,000 students got employment or achieved self-employment from 2011 to 17, compared to about 74,000 students trained and 11,000 students employed/self-employed during the period of 2004-11.

Cyber Security Centre of Excellence: The Cyber Security Centre of Excellence has been inaugurated by the department and is operational from November 2017. The portal for the same was launched in March 2018. The centre is working on five verticals: capacity building and awareness generation, cyber security assurance, Security Operation Centre, cyber forensics and investigation, and research and development (R&D) and Advisory.

Promotion of emerging technologies: The IT&E Department has been holistically promoting the emerging technologies – the technologies that are going to have a significant impact in the near future. The department has already started working on cyber security, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, animation, IoT (internt of things), Industry 4.0 (a standard), analytics, animation and e-sports. Summits are being held every month on different emerging technologies. Already summits on cyber security, blockchain and artificial intelligence have taken place.

Silicon Valley Asia: The Government is setting up a cutting-edge IT and hardware technology research and manufacturing hub at New Town called Silicon Valley Asia, on the lines of Silicon Valley in California, USA.

Capacity expansion by private companies: Several of the top IT companies in India have opened new campuses and expanded existing ones, or are in the process of doing those. More and more IT companies are showing interest in opening offices and campuses in Bengal.

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Kalyani: The fi­rst IIIT of Bengal was started in 2014. The first batch of BTech came out in 2018.

Reaching destinations beyond Kolkata and Salt Lake: Twenty-five IT parks in tier-II and tier-III cities in different districts are either operational or at different stages of completion – 12 are fully operational, four are almost completed and nine have received sanction for construction.

Thus we see that the State Government is continuously developing infrastructure for different aspects of the information technology industry. The Government has big plans for making Bengal an IT powerhouse.

Now, KMC to collect garbage four times a day

From August 15, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce the system of collecting garbage during the evenings too. This will be a major step towards better solid waste management in the city.

With this routine in place, daily garbage collection will increase from three times to four.

KMC will set up three groups of people for each borough, who will keep an eye on garbage accumulation from 12 noon till 9 pm. Each group will have a supervisor. The groups will inform the Solid Waste Management Department of the corporation at which places garbage has accumulated and from where KMC’s vehicles may collect the same from.

Waste amounting to 4,500 metric tonnes is generated per day in Kolkata, which the KMC handles, while the total municipal waste generation in Bengal stands at 14,000 metric tonne per day.

The Bengal Government’s Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 categorises solid waste into six broad categories – industrial hazardous waste, healthcare or biomedical waste, solid waste (waste from houses, schools, offices, etc.), plastic waste, electronic or e-waste and construction or demolition waste. The Government is working upon classifying solid waste under three subcategories – biodegradable waste, recyclable waste and inert waste.

Source: Millennium Post

Bengal Govt planning two more flyovers in Kolkata to ease congestion

The State Government is planning to construct to more flyovers to ease congestion in Kolkata.

One is a 4.8 km flyover, from Rajabazar tram depot to Baghbazar Bata, passing through Maniktala, Khanna and Shyambazar. Once they are constructed, the vehicular loads on the roads of north Kolkata will be reduced a lot.

The other covers a distance of 6.2 km, from Tala Bridge to Dunlop. It will pass through Chiria More and Sinthee More along the way. From Dunlop, the flyover will bifurcate, with one heading to Dakshineswar and the other to Barrackpore.

Both the flyovers are being planned to be of six lanes. The Public Works Department (PWD) will submit a detailed project report (DPR) within two months. It wants the projects to happen on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The construction agency will be selected on the basis of a tender.

The cost of construction of the two flyovers together is estimated to be Rs 1,960 crore.

These two are among the nine flyovers across Kolkata announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the inauguration of the Garden Reach flyover in March that are to be constructed over the next three to four years.

Source: The Statesman

Construction of Kolkata Eye to start early next year

Construction of the landmark Kolkata Eye, a giant ferris wheel, is to start early next year, at the Millennium Park on the bank of the river Hooghly in Kolkata.

This is a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had conceived of the idea after her London business visit a few years back. Global tenders for the project will be opened on December 11.

The Kolkata Eye, modeled on the famous London Eye on the river Thames, will be like a giant vertical merry-go-round, with capsules located at the ends of the spokes of the ferris wheel for people to get into and enjoy exhilarating bird’s-eye views of both Kolkata and parts of Howrah, on the other side of the river. Each rotation would take 45 minutes.

The wheel would be 135 metres (m) in height and the total width of the structure (including the area around it) 120 m. A cafeteria would also come up on the site.

The giant wheel is expected to become a major tourist attraction not just in Kolkata, but in the whole country, as no other place in India has such a tourist attraction.


কলকাতা আই-এর কাজ শুরু নতুন বছর থেকেই

নতুন বছরে শুরু হতে চলেছে মিলেনিয়াম পার্কে ‘‌কলকাতা আই’–‌‌এর কাজ। দরপত্র আহ্বানের প্রক্রিয়াও শেষ হয়েছে। এ কথা বললেন পুর ও নগরোন্নয়ন মন্ত্রী।

বিধানসভায় মন্ত্রী জানান, এই প্রকল্প রূপায়ণের প্রাথমিক প্রস্তুতি শুরু হয়েছে। ৯ ডিসেম্বর বিশ্ব দরপত্র ডাকা শুরু হবে। ১১ ডিসেম্বর দরপত্র খোলা হবে। অত্যাধুনিক প্রযুক্তির সাহায্যে তৈরি হবে কলকাতা আই।

প্রসঙ্গত, লন্ডন আইয়ের আদলে তৈরি হবে কলকাতা আই। এর উচ্চতা হবে ১৩৫ মিটার। ১২০ মিটার চওড়া। মিলেনিয়াম পার্কে ওই জায়ান্ট হুইল তৈরি করা হবে। একবার ঘুরতে সময় লাগবে ৪৫ মিনিট। যেখান থেকে পুরো কলকাতা শহরকে দেখা যাবে। থাকবে বিনোদন পার্ক, ক্যাফেটেরিয়া। শহরবাসীর কাছে এক নতুন আকর্ষণ হয়ে উঠবে এটি।

আশা করা হচ্ছে, ২৪ মাসের মধ্যে কলকাতা আই নির্মাণের কাজ শেষ করে ফেলা যাবে।‌‌‌


Source: Aajkal