Government to build construction-waste management units

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is going to set up construction-waste management units. The first two such units will come up at Patharghata near Rajarhat and Dhapa dumping ground. Construction wastes from 23 wards of KMC, Bidhannagar, Nabadiganta and some area of KMDA will be recycled at Patharghata. The unit at Dhapa will cater to the rest of the city.

The Mayor-in-Council in-charge of Solid Waste Management Department said that tenders have been invited for the proposed units. Kolkata does not have a separate system of construction waste processing, hence, construction wastes are being dumped with other wastes. So, the KMC is setting up these units.

KMC is taking advice from Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute and Indian Road Congress regarding ways to reuse the construction-waste for the construction of new roads. This will lead to reduction in pollution as well.

KMDA to set up foot overbridges to smoothen traffic

Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has decided to set up a few foot overbridges on Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani and Eastern Metropolitan Bypass for faster movement of traffic and safety of the pedestrians.

An underpass and a pedestrian footbridge will come up at Ruby intersection. The underpass will come up on the Mukundapur side while the foot overbridge will be constructed near the station of Garia-Airport Metro route. Experts suggested that there will be a huge concentration of people along EM Bypass and unless steps are not taken now, it will difficult to manage traffic and pedestrian movement in a few years’ time.

Foot overbridges will also come up at the intersection of Ajaynagar and Patuli. Both these areas are accident prone as pedestrians find it difficult to cross EM Bypass. The pedestrian flyover will create an uninterrupted flow of traffic along the stretch.

Foot overbridge will also come up at Dum Dum Park crossing. Once these foot overbridges come up, the time taken to travel to Kolkata Airport from Garia will lessen. Also, they will minimise the number of road accidents.

Bengal Govt plans overhaul of unique Patuli floating market

The State Government agency, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has decided to overhaul the unique floating market in Patuli, adjacent to EM Bypass. A series of changes will be brought about to make the place more accessible. The market has 228 sellers sitting on 114 boats.

The market, the first of its kind in the country, similar to the floating market at Bangkok in Thailand, had started functioning in January this year.

For electricity supply, environment-friendly solar power will be taken recourse to. Solar panels will be installed. The number and arrangements of the lights will be increased too.

Sheds will be constructed for the benefit of the buyers during the monsoon season.

On the request of shoppers, the four zones – for fish, for chicken, mutton and eggs, for vegetables, fruits and flowers, and for grocery and miscellaneous items – will be rearranged so as to place the vegetable and fish zones side-by-side.

The wooden ramps set up on a platform made of sal wood, on which people travel over the surface of the water for shopping in the market, are being repaired with the onset of monsoon.

A toilet will be constructed in an area adjacent to the floating market.

A food court will be constructed on the premises of the floating market, where tea and a variety of snacks will be served at a reasonable price. The market, particularly in the evening, has also already turned into a popular adda zone for the local people.

The seating arrangement in and around the waterbody will also be enhanced, so that people can come and spend time there comfortably.

Two more fountains will be set up in the waterbody.

A waterbody located on the southern side of the floating market will be beautified too.

The Technical Appraisal Committee of KMDA is considering in detail all the proposals. As soon as it finishes that, the construction work will begin.

Source: Millennium Post

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Banks of Adi Ganga getting renovated on the lines of canal banks along EM Bypass

The banks of the Adi Ganga along Baruipur are being renovated by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).

Just like Millennium Park and the waterside areas along the EM Bypass have been renovated, the banks of the Adi Ganga along the extended EM Bypass extending to Baruipur is being renovated.

Both the banks are getting flanked by borders made of environment-friendly material. Tiled pavements are being built along the Adi Ganga for residents to take walks, be it morning walks or evening walks or during any time of the day.

Flowering plants from India and other countries would flank the pavements and the banks of the river. After the project is completed, adequate security arrangements would be set up too.

আদিগঙ্গার সংস্কার-সৌন্দর্যায়ন শুরু

চাঁদ সওদাগরের সপ্তডিঙা মধুকর নামের বাণিজ্য নৌকা যে আদিগঙ্গা দিয়ে সিংহলে যেত, সেই পথের সৌন্দর্যায়ন শুরু করছে রাজ্য সরকার। সেই স্রোতধারা আজ স্তব্ধ, দূষিত, নোংরা জলে মলিন। হারিয়ে যেতে বসা মনসামঙ্গলের সেই প্রাচীন জনপথকে পরিবেশ সংরক্ষণের মাধ্যমে নয়া আঙ্গিকে ফিরিয়ে দিতে প্রকল্প বাস্তবায়নের নির্দেশ দিয়েছেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।

সেই নির্দেশ মেনে আদিগঙ্গার দুই তীরকে আকর্ষণের কেন্দ্রভূমি হিসেবে গড়ে তুলছে সেচ দপ্তর। গত ছয় বছরে কেএমডিএ-এর হাট ধরে সম্প্রসারিত বাইপাস আদিগঙ্গার দুপাশ দিয়ে কামালগাজি, বারুইপুর হয়ে লক্ষ্মীকান্তপুর শাখার শাসন স্টেশন ছুয়েছে। পাশে আছে বারুইপুর পুরসভার বিখ্যাত পিকনিক স্পট ‘আরন্যক’। বারুইপুর অংশে প্রায় পাঁচ-ছয় মিটার চওড়া পৌরাণিক এই নদীপথ। বিধানসভার মাননীয় স্পিকার চান, গাছ কাটা বন্ধ করে দূষণ থেকে জনপদকে বাঁচানোর পাশাপাশি ঐতিহাসিক-আদিগঙ্গার সংস্কার, সংরক্ষণ ও সৌন্দর্যায়ন।

প্রথম দফায় ১০ কোটি টাকায় পদ্মপুকুর থেকে বংশীবটতলা পর্যন্ত কাজ শুরু করেছে সেচ দপ্তর। দ্বিতীয় দফায় শাসন পর্যন্ত হবে। সেচমন্ত্রী জানিয়েছেন প্রথম দফার কাজ এক বছরের মধ্যে শেষ হবে।

স্পিকার বলেন, আদিগঙ্গার দুপাশই পরিবেশবান্ধব সামগ্রী দিয়ে বাঁধানো হচ্ছে। বাস্তুতন্ত্র মেনে ও জলীয় উদ্ভিদ এবং প্রাণীসম্পদকে বাঁচাতে বিশেষ ব্যবস্থা নেওয়া হচ্ছে। এলাকার বাসিন্দারা যাতে হাঁটতে পারেন, সেজন্য ফুটপাথে ও রঙ্গীন টাইলসে মোড়া রাস্তা হচ্ছে। থাকবে ব্রিটিশ স্থাপত্যে মোড়া লোহার চেয়ার ও বর্ণময় ফোয়ারা। বসানো হবে দেশ বিদেশের বাহারি ফুল ও ফলের বর্ণময় সারি। রক্ষণাবেক্ষণ ও নজরদারির ব্যবস্থাও করছে পঞ্চায়েত ও পুরসভা।


Source: Sangbad Pratidin

Solid waste management project of Bengal’s Hooghly district draws international attention

A solid waste management project of urban bodies in Hooghly district of Bengal has drawn the attention of world’s environment groups. Organic fertilisers of Jibon Jyoti brand, being produced by Uttarpara-Kotrung municipality of Hooghly district, are made from bio-degradable solid waste collected from six municipalities.

The project has now been selected to compete with similar projects of two first world cities — Milan and Auckland — for an international award on best practices in solid waste management.

The initiative in Hooghly is part of the Rs 170-crore Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project and covers the civic bodies of Uttarpara-Kotrung, Konnagar, Rishra, Serampore, Baidyabati and Champdani. It has been funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A drive down the 20-km stretch between Uttarpara and Baidyabati along the west bank of the Hooghly river will show the results of the path-breaking initiative. Any resident of the towns down the road will agree that their neighbourhoods were far from being clean even five years ago.

Secretary of the state’s municipal affairs department and chief executive officer of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), is to attend the finale of the competition in New Mexico City, with the chairman of Uttarpara-Kotrung municipality. The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 1.

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KMDA wins international accolades, Kolkata joins global league of climate fighters

Kolkata will shortly be included in the prestigious C40 group of megacities, which is committed to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On July 22, the mayor of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, who is also the chair of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, wrote a letter to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) Chairman and State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim saying that the Kolkata metropolitan area (KMA) was a “priority target“ of their expansion strategy .

C40 cities act both locally and collaboratively for achieving the common goal of saving the climate. The group offers cities a forum where they can share knowledge to take meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change, said an official.

In the letter, Paes appreciated some of the recent “exemplary measures“ of the city for environmental capacity building. Paes mentioned Kolkata Environment Improvement Project, Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor scheme and the integration of railways in the Golden Quadrilateral project to be some of the noticeable environment-friendly measures. “I am positive that KMA will contribute to the success of C40, bringing original local solutions to address climate change at a global scale,“ Paes said.

In December last year, C40 released the Global Protocol for Community Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories, which is the first global standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas emission.

On July 1, the State Urban Development Minister wrote a letter to Paes expressing his willingness to join the C40 club.

Bengal cabinet clears deck for developing six theme cities

West Bengal cabinet on Friday cleared the deck for developing six modern cities in the state.

Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim said the location for six modern cities had already been finalised. The Cabinet had even named all the six proposed cities according to choice and importance of the place, he said adding they would have modern facilities for decent living.

Naming the theme cities

Speaking about the smart cities, Hakim said one would come up over 85 acres at Dabgram near Siliguri and would be called ‘Teesta’ after the name of a major river in north Bengal. Another city would come up near Bolpur in Birbhum district over 127 acres and christened ‘Gitabitan’ after a popular compilation of songs by Rabindranath Tagore.

A third city over 50 acres would come up near the twin industrial towns of Asansol-Durgapur covering Churulia, birth place of the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It would be named ‘Agnibina’, after the name of a collection of poems by the rebel poet. One more city would come up near Kalyani, developed by erstwhile chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, in Nadia district over 50 acres and would be known as ‘Samriddhi’.

Another city, which is yet to be named, would come up at Dumurjala in neighbouring Howrah district over 50 acres. The sixth smart city would come up at Baruipur in the southern outskirt of the metropolis over 86 acres and would be named after the famed Bengal matinee idol Uttam Kumar, the minister said.

Allotment of land

In all cases the state government has adequate land and would be developed by the state urban development department, Hakim said. Besides, the state government would also develop some thematic private township over land within ceiling at different places in the state.

The themes could range from knowledge, sports and IT and the townships would be developed by various wings of the department like HIDCO and KMDA, he said.

Hakim hoped that the projects would bring in huge investment and create a lot of employment opportunity. In all cases there would be 25 per cent reservations for the economically weaker sections.

KMC draws up mega project report to combat water-logging

KMC drawn up a detailed project report for combating water-logging in this part of the city this monsoon. The cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 23 crore.

In his first meeting on monsoon preparedness with representatives of such government agencies as KMDA (Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority), KMWSA (Kolkata Metropolitan Water & Sanitation Authority), PWD (Public Works Department), Irrigation, PHE (Public Health Engineering) and KMC technocrats, Singh laid out the blueprint for fighting water-logging this monsoon.

As the first step to rid the city of water-logging, Singh directed his department to ensure that most major and critical drainage pumping stations in the city come under CCTV surveillance.

The KMC issued an order asking all executive engineers of the sewerage & drainage department to pull night shifts at different pumping stations from June 15 and continue in that vein till the monsoon retreats.

KMC expedites Garden Reach water supply project

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) have joined hands to overhaul the water supply system in south Kolkata and three municipal areas bordering Garden Reach.

When complete, the project will end water woes in areas like Garden Reach, Kalighat, Behala, Tollygunge, Jadavpur and Mahestala, Pujali and Budge Budge municipalities. Though it involves huge investment, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee is determined to complete it by the end of this year.

Sovan Chatterjee has proposed to lay four dedicated water lines. After completion of the process, these pipes will ensure more water for residents once the augmentation of the Garden Reach plant is complete. These lines will be laid for Behala, Garden Reach, Pujali and Maheshtala.

The Mayor on Monday held a meeting with municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim and officials of KMDA, KMC and the land department. He has asked municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed to wrap up the ongoing project at Garden Reach by October 31.

The new plant with a capacity of supplying 50 million gallon water will greatly solve the water scarcity in south Kolkata.

Kolkata roads: A matter of pride for citizens

KMC made a commitment to provide the citizens of Kolkata with smoother roads. This promised has been fulfilled. Uneven roads and open craters on roads which remained unrepaired for days, now are tread upon effortlessly. There are around 4500 kilometres of roads combining the small and big ones.

During the last five years, almost all the roads in the city have been covered with mastic asphalt and black tar. This has resulted in increasing the speed of the vehicles and has reduced accidents.

There is very little scope to construct new roads in the city. In spite of that, two pilot projects have been taken up ­ – construction of Ultadanga underpass and Kolkata Road project. This has been done despite many difficulties.

Three of the centrally located and the busiest roads in Kolkata ­ the Park Circus Connector in east Kolkata, Rubi Connector and Anwar Shah Connector ­ were in a ruinous state. These roads have been handed over to Kolkata Municipal Corporation by the KMDA.

For the convenience of the citizens, roads have been made wider by narrowing the footpaths at places like Camac Street, Suhrawardy Lane, Park Circus. Roads at Joka and adjoining areas are now at par with roads of the rest of the city, thanks to the special initiatives of the Roads and Asphaltum Department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

For the first time in north Kolkata, ritzier milling machines have been used to renovate roads, thus providing better movement. Now, the roads of Kolkata are at par with the beautification drive of the city. They are a matter of pride to the citizens. Gone are the days of earthen roads or uneven roads. Beautiful and well built roads have resulted in even movements. Decorating dividers on major roads by planting shrubs has been an initiative to make the city green and beautiful.