10 more fire stations to come up across Bengal by end of 2018

To boost the firefighting infrastructure in the state, the Fire and Emergency Services Department will set up 10 more fire stations across the state by the end of 2018.

Some of the places where the fire stations would come up are Madhyamgram and Lalkuthi (Barrackpore) in North 24 Parganas district, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district, Contai in Purba Medinipur district and Dankuni in Hooghly district.

It may be mentioned that there are 131 fire stations in the 23 districts of the state. So, by the end of the year, the number would rise to 141.



২০১৮ সালের মধ্যে আরও ১০টি দমকল কেন্দ্র রাজ্যে

অগ্নি নির্বাপণ পরিকাঠামোকে আরও মজবুত করতে ফায়ার অ্যান্ড ইমার্জেন্সি সার্ভিসেস ডিপার্টমেন্ট আরও ১০টি দমকল কেন্দ্র তৈরী করবে রাজ্য জুড়ে।

এই ১০টি জায়গার মধ্যে আছে উত্তর ২৪ পরগনা জেলার মধ্যমগ্রাম, ব্যারাকপুরের লালকুঠি, দক্ষিণ ২৪ পরগনা জেলার কাকদ্বীপ, পূর্ব মেদিনীপুরের কাঁথি, হুগলী জেলার ডানকুনি।

প্রসঙ্গত, রাজ্যের ২৩টি জেলায় ১৩১টি দমকল কেন্দ্র আছে। ২০১৮ সালের শেষে এই সংখ্যা ১৪১য়ে পৌঁছবে।

Source: Millennium Post

WB Govt’s “Roof-top Solar Scheme” to take off in Saltlake, Rajarhat

The West Bengal Government is taking up measures to popularize solar energy and will start a “Roof-top Solar Scheme” initially for Bidhannagar, Rajarhat and Madhyamgram.

The Government is also requesting to use solar energy for small shops or small businesses. Recently a Solar Advisory Committee has also been formed to supervise the works.

Initially some of the blocks in Saltlake, the whole of Rajarhat and some of the places in Madhyamgram will have the buildings fitted with solar panels.

Also, in a bid to develop Rajarhat New Town as a green and smart city, the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will set new utility buildings in the township that will be developed as green buildings.

The new buildings will be set up following specifications recommended by the green building technical committee of the state urban development department. Two utility buildings have already been constructed in the township. Each of the new buildings will have an area of 1,500 square metres.

Among the recommendations the green building technical panel has made are use of two glass panes, with a layer of 6 mm air in between to ensure good insulation, use of autoclaved aerated concrete bricks that will help keep the interior cool, having a dual plumbing system with the facility of water re-use, having more open space than the minimum allowed under building laws and use of LED fixtures, five-star rated electric appliances and solar panels.

Once set up, the two buildings will be the first green buildings developed beforehand with ready built-up space for accommodating government offices.

The objective of setting up these utility buildings with ready built-up space, according to officials, is to create infrastructure before demands start to pour in.

WB CM chairs her 91st administrative review meeting at Madhyamgram

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today chaired an administrative meeting for the North 24 Parganas district at Nazrul Mancha in Madhyamgram.

Government officials from the district and all elected representatives including State Ministers were present at the meeting. The West Bengal Chief minister took stock of the status of all the developmental projects that are going on in the district.

After the meeting the Chief Minister informed that it was the 91st administrative meeting she was holding and these meetings are very productive and every problem is solved through unique clearance system. She said that a lot of work has been taken up for the North 24 Parganas, their status was reviewed in this meeting and problems were sorted out.

New Projects

The Chief Minister said that the Government has set up committee of a Group of Ministers to look into the jute industry and its problems in Barrackpore. A power loom park is being set up in Ashok Nagar in place of a sick industry, so, there will be no loss of jobs, she announced. The PWD has taken up road construction worth Rs 800 Crore in this district. DPRs have been requested for more food park and clusters along with reports of possible tourism opportunities in North 24 Parganas, The Chief Minister said.

Funds stopped by Centre affecting the State

The Chief Minister said that a number of projects are suffering in the district like the JNNURM projects for which the Central Government has stopped the funding. Allocations for mid-day meals and ICDS have been slashed. And the Central Government has also stopped funding for National Rural Health Mission and funds for modernization of police force. This is affecting the common man, the Chief Minister said.

Performance of North 24 Parganas

Performance of the district has been the best in the Kanyashree program with benefits being extended to about 4.5 lakh girl children, informed the Chief Minister. She congratulated the personnel from the Women Police Station, Barasat for filing charge sheet in a case in just 8 days, a first in the country. About 18000 people who have been affected due to natural calamities have been given cheques today for financial assistance, the Chief Minister informed.

WB Govt to open ‘Roudra Brishti’ outlets across the State

In 2014, West Bengal Essential Commodities Supply Corporation (WBECSC), under the state food and supplies department, had launched its own retail chain of commodities, to promote exclusive products of the state in agriculture and food sector, with a distribution outlet in Kolkata called ‘Roudra Brishti’.

The government is now planning to take ‘Roudra Brishti’ outlets to the districts so that people of the entire State can benefit. The state food and supplies department had called for tenders from various municipalities in the State and got a fabulous response. Several municipalities like Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, Suri, Nabadwip, Barasat, Madhyamgram have expressed interest.

At these outlets while consumers will get branded commodities at discounted prices, producers of agricultural products will also get a fair price. Currently, average daily transactions at ‘Roudra Brishti’ outlets is worth Rs 50000. They register monthly profit of Rs 10-12000 as per the minister.

Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said, “We did not set up ‘Roudra Brishti’ with profit in mind. Our aim is to provide goods to people at a fair price. We are glad these outlets are making profits.”