Our garbage is getting tickets in BJP: Mamata Banerjee at Falakata

Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee today addressed a public meeting in Falakata, Alipurduar. In her speech she slammed the BJP for giving ticket to a person responsible for violence in Terai-Dooars.

Highlights of her speech:

A separate district of Alipurduar was a demand of the people. We fulfilled it

People wanted a multi-super speciality hospital and university in Alipurduar

We have set up Rajbanshi and Kamtapuri Academies apart from recognising Rajbanshi, Kamtapuri, Kurukh, Nepali, Ol Chiki, Gurmukhi and several languages

We have our own health insurance scheme Swasthya Sathi, with a cover upto Rs 5 lakh. 7.5 crore people will benefit. The cards will be issued in the name of the women of the family (to empower them).

We are giving Rs 5,000 per acre annually to farmers under Krishak Bandhu scheme. We are paying the entire premium of crop insurance.

Khajna tax and mutation fees on agricultural land have been waived off.

We have spent Rs 7,000 crore to provide Kanyashree scholarships to 60 lakh girls

We have distributed cycles to 1 crore students so that they can easily go to schools

We want every section of the society to become self-sufficient

This is not an election for Bengal Assembly. This is an election for forming government Centre

People are asking for an account of the work done by Centre in the last five years

We provide rice at Rs 2/kg to people while unemployment has increased under Modi

We have created 1 crore employment opportunities, while 2 crore people lost their jobs in 2017-18

They are offering money to people to attend their rallies and vote for them. It is not their money. It is people’s money

Seasonal birds from other States are coming to Bengal during elections. They are monitoring your actions

Before 2016, they promised to reopen closed tea gardens. Did they keep their promise? No. Instead, we have opened a tea garden today

We provide 35 kg food grains (15 kg wheat and 20 kg rice) to the people of tea gardens at 47 p per kg

Chit fund scams happened during Left rule, not during our government. I dare them to prove any link of Trinamool with chit funds

The main accused leader in chit funds was sharing the stage with Modi today

He claims to be the chowkidar now. Five years ago he was chaiwala. People are saying chowkidar chor hain. I will say, chowkidar is jhoota

Bengal will show the way in future. We will play a significant role in the formation of next government

They have kept women and children in detention camps in Assam. Five Bengalis were murdered in cold-blood.

Names of 23 lakh Hindus and 20 lakh Muslims, Gorkhas, Biharis have been removed from NRC

NRC will never be implemented in Bengal

Bengal does not believe in your culture of violence and riots. We are ready to give our lives but will never support violence

You are already citizens of the country. Why would you give up your citizenship for six years? We will never allow the Citizenship Amendment Bill

BJP has sowed seeds of division in the country

He was busy touring foreign countries for five years and now is seeking votes in the name of chowkidar now

The garbage discarded by us is given tickets for elections by BJP

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

KMC project for converting garbage to biogas and organic fertilizers

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take up a project to make biogas and organic fertilizers from the tons of garbage it collects daily.

Biogas is a source of cheap fuel while organic fertilizers are environment-friendly.

The project would start as a pilot project, with the garbage to be collected from some of the bigger dumps like the ones at Jodhpur Park, Lansdowne Market and a few others. The infrastructure for the conversion of the garbage would be set up at Dhapa, the site of Kolkata’s dumping ground.

To get the project off the ground would cost Rs 5 crore approximately, the first tranche of which has already been released.

Daily, almost 4,500 metric tonnes of garbage is generated in the area under KMC, with almost 20 per cent being generated in the various markets.

Source: Ebela


জঞ্জাল থেকে বায়ো গ্যাস ও জৈব সার

শহরের বাজারের জঞ্জাল থেকেই এবার বায়ো গ্যাস ও জৈব সার তৈরির পরিকল্পনা করেছে কলকাতা পুরসভা। জঞ্জাল থেকে উৎপন্ন বায়ো গ্যাস পুরসভার ছোট গাড়ির জ্বালানি হিসেবে ব্যবহারেরও সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া হয়েছে। তেমনই জৈব সারের বাণিজ্যিক বিপণনও করা হবে। যোধপুর পার্ক, ল্যান্সডাউন মার্কেটের মতো কয়েকটি বাজারের ক্ষেত্রে এই পাইলট প্রজেক্ট গ্রহণ করা হবে।

শহরে প্রতিদিন প্রায় সাড়ে চার হাজার মেট্রিক টন জঞ্জাল উৎপন্ন হয়। ওই জঞ্জালের প্রায় ২০ শতাংশই বাজার এলাকার জঞ্জাল। প্রায় পাঁচ কোটি টাকার ওই প্রকল্পের প্রথম পর্যায়ের অর্থও পুর দপ্তরের তরফে বরাদ্দ করা হয়েছে। তাঁর পরেই প্রকল্পের জন্য দরপত্র আহ্বানের প্রাথমিক ধাপ হিসেবে পরিষদের বৈঠকে প্রস্তাবটি গ্রহণ করা হয়।

বায়ো গ্যাস ও জৈব সার উৎপাদনের জন্য বাজারের সংগৃহীত জঞ্জালের প্রক্রিয়াকরণের জন্য প্রয়োজনীয় পরিকাঠামো গড়ে তোলা হবে ধাপাতেই।

Bengal to provide solid waste compactors to all urban local bodies

For effective management of solid waste, the West Bengal government has decided to provide stationary and mobile solid waste compactor machines to all the 125 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State.

A total of 22 stationary compactors with hook-loader and 186 mobile compactors have been procured by the municipal affairs department and provided to the ULBs out of State funds.

The department has already commissioned 150 mobile compactors, of which 100 are now functional.

Rest of the mobile compactors will be functional by end of July 2016.

Compactors aid effective and scientific management of solid wastes, particularly for reduction of transport cost and easy movement of solid waste.

It also allows the ULBs to use the dumping ground for a longer period of time by way of reduction of volume of waste and provide hygienic environment to the citizens. In West Midnapore district, all eight urban local bodies have already been provided with mobile compactors.

22 stationary, 186 mobile compactors have already been procured by the Municipal Affairs dept.


জঞ্জাল পরিস্কারের জন্য রাজ্যের সমস্ত শহরে এবার বসবে কম্প্যাক্টর

জঞ্জাল পরিষ্কারের জন্য পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার রাজ্যের ১২৫টি শহরে স্থানীয় সংস্থা (ULBs) থেকে স্টেশনারি এবং মোবাইল কম্প্যাক্টর মেশিন প্রদান করার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে।

মোট ২২টি স্টেশনারি কম্প্যাক্টর (হুক লোডার সহ) এবং ১৮৬টি মোবাইল কম্প্যাক্টর পৌর বিষয়ক বিভাগ সংগ্রহ করেছে।

বিভাগে ইতিমধ্যে ১৫০টি মোবাইল কম্প্যাক্টরের অনুমোদন দিয়েছে, যার মধ্যে ১০০টি কাজ করছে। বাকি মোবাইল কম্প্যাক্টরগুলি ২০১৬-র জুলাইয়ের শেষ থেকেই কাজ করা শুরু করবে।

বিজ্ঞানসম্মতভাবে শহরকে জঞ্জালমুক্ত রাখতে সহায়তা করবে কম্প্যাক্টরগুলি। এর ফলে পরিবহন খরচও অনেক কমে যাবে।

এর মাধ্যমে একটি নির্দিষ্ট জায়গায় বর্জ্য পদার্থগুলিকে জমা করা হবে বেশ কিছু সময়ের জন্য এবং এর মাধ্যমে নাগরিকদের স্বাস্থ্যকর পরিবেশ প্রদান করা সম্ভব হবে।

পশ্চিম মেদিনীপুরের আটটি শহরে ইতিমধ্যে মোবাইল কম্প্যাক্টর চালু হয়ে গেছে।

Where is TMC’s opposition -­ Left parties are gas balloons, BJP plays Draupadi: Sovan Chatterjee

We have reproduced an interview of Sovan Chatterjee with The Times of India as published on April 17, 2015

Trinamool Congress leader Sovan Chatterjee has been heading Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) as the city’s mayor since 2010. Chatterjee, who hasn’t lost an election since 1985, faces another civic poll on April 18. Speaking with The Times of India, the mayor discussed Kolkata’s development, allegations of corruption by opposition ­ and why he thinks BJP prefers playing Draupadi over developing political maturity.


Q: Critics often call Kolkata a decrepit city. What’s your view?

Mayor: Well, that used to be the perception about Kolkata once upon a time ­ but no longer.

In the last three to four years, people coming to Kolkata have said the city has changed a lot. It doesn’t look shabby any more. The city is much cleaner, roads are better, streets are well-lit, the riverfront has been developed and looks beautiful. Civic amenities have improved.

When I took over as mayor of Kolkata, my chief Mamata Banerjee said she didn’t want to listen to any excuses about funds or space crunch. In the last five years of our stint, we’ve tried our best to develop the city holistically ­ but Kolkata is a 300-year-old city with problems that come with age. So, more work remains to be done.


Q: But isn’t the opposition alleging corruption against the outgoing KMC?

Mayor: Is anybody alleging lack of development in the last five years? No.

The development work we undertook in the last five years is my trump card for this election. In the last 30 years, the Left Front ruled KMC for about 20 years. They did not do anything to increase water supply to the city by even one gallon ­ in the last five years, we ensured drinking water supply to 95% of the city.

Earlier, large swathes of Kolkata would be waterlogged for three to four days during rains. Now, the water’s cleared in two to three hours. Another crucial achievement is removal of garbage dumps and replacing them with compactor garbage disposal machines, possibly a first in Asia. This was done with financial help from the West Bengal government. We aim to make Kolkata free of visible garbage dumps soon.

Mind you, before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, UPA government had approved several projects, including garbage compactors and JNNURM. UPA also sanctioned funds ­ but BJP cancelled all allocations after coming to power.

However, that could not impact Kolkata’s development. People have seen how the city has improved.

Since the opposition can’t find fault with our work, they’re making baseless allegations ­ it’s like give the dog a bad name and hang it.


Q: Who’s your main opposition in the civic polls?

Mayor: Where is the opposition? I’m still searching for them. CPM and Left parties need to mould their politics so it appeals to people ­ just being a gas balloon doesn’t help.

BJP’s in a hurry to grab the driver’s seat. Mama ta Banerjee had to wait for years before she got experienced drivers to steer Trinamool Congress to power. Our men were killed in Left Front’s regime ­ but Trinamool workers didn’t run away.

BJP lacks workers and their leadership loves talking ­ it’s easy to be a Draupadi in a political drama but political maturity is difficult to attain.