Bengal Govt to develop Milan Mela into international standard trade centre

Milan Mela, the primary exhibition cum convention centre of Kolkata, will be turned into an international standard trade centre in the next 18 months.

The state government has decided to develop a fully air-conditioned structure on a major portion of the 18.40 acre of land. With conversion to an international standard trade centre, all major events can be organised under one roof at any time of a year.

Besides taking steps to give a new shape to Mila Mela Ground, the Mamata Banerjee government is also developing three major infrastructures at Alipore — Saujanya, Uttirnya and Dhanadhanya. A Biswa Bangla Convention Centre is also coming up at Newtown.

Saujanya is a convention centre where major seminars and state functions would be hosted in the city itself. There will also be accommodation facilities for the state guests Saujanya. Uttirnya and Dhanadhanya will house ampi-theatres and indoor stadium with a multi-level car parking lot in front.


মিলন মেলা প্রাঙ্গনকে আন্তর্জাতিক মানের ট্রেড সেন্টার হিসেবে গড়বে রাজ্য

আগামী ১৮ মাসের মধ্যে মিলন মেলা প্রাঙ্গনের আধুনিকীকরণ হবে, গড়া হবে আন্তর্জাতিক মানের পরিকাঠামো, সিদ্ধান্ত পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার। এই মেলা প্রাঙ্গনের ১৮.৪০ একর জমির বেশিরভাগ অংশই হবে শীতাতপ নিয়ন্ত্রিত।

কলকাতায় কোনও বিদেশি প্রতিনিধি এলে সরকারি বৈঠক করার কোনও নির্দিষ্ট কেন্দ্র এতদিন ছিল না। সেই চাহিদা পূরণ করতে উদ্যোগী হয়েছেন স্বয়ং মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। মিলন মেলা প্রাঙ্গনকে একটি নতুন রূপ দেওয়ার পাশাপাশি তৈরী হচ্ছে ‘সৌজন্য’, ‘উত্তীর্ণ’ এবং ‘ধনধান্য’। নিউ টাউনে বিশ্ববাংলা কনভেনশন সেন্টারও তৈরী হচ্ছে।

দিল্লির হায়দ্রাবাদের হাউজের আদলে ‘আলিপুরে’ তৈরি হছে ‘সৌজন্য ‘। এর পাশাপাশি ২০০০ আসনের ওপেন থিয়েটার কেন্দ্র ‘উত্তীর্ণ’ এবং ইনডোর স্টেডিয়াম ‘ধনধান্য’ তৈরি করছে পূর্ত দফতর।

WB CM invites Delhi, Bihar CMs for Bengal Global Business Summit 2016

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has requested her Bihar counterpart to be present at the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit beginning January 7. She has also invited Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Along with the two CMs, the Prime Minister of Bhutan and delegates from US, China and Japan are likely to attend the summit, which has been conceived to rejuvenate the industrial scenario in West Bengal.

Bengal Global Business Summit 2016, to be held at the Milan Mela Grounds, will cast the spotlight on the state’s capability and readiness to take on bigger and greater business challenges.

The vision for the 2016 summit is to establish an image that embodies the essence of a new, business ready Bengal.

Foodies’ delight as Ahare Bangla Food Festivals kicks off in Kolkata

The West Bengal Government is organizing a Food Festival at the Milan Mela Ground from October 30 to November 2.

An array of dishes, including forgotten ones, fusion food and new-age food, apart from shows by celebrity chefs, seminars on food and songs and dance will be part of the four-day `Ahare Bengla’ to be organized by the State.

In what promises to be a foodie’s delight, the carnival will not only have run-of-the-mill Bengali food, such as prawn malaikari and kosha mangsho, but also exotic dishes of quail, turkey , emu and lamb. Even new and hard-to-get varieties, such as pangash, vennami, basa and vietnami koi, will be part of the mouth-watering spread. Visitors will get to taste culinary delights from across the border with the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission will put up a stall selling mutton kachi biryani and bhuna khichdi.

The Animal Resources department, along with food processing, information and culture, fisheries, agriculture marketing and micro, small and medium enterprises departments, is organizing the festival that will also have stalls of livestock Development Corporation-selling processed meat–Benfish and the state fisheries development corporation.

The primary objective is to promote healthy meat, such as that of quail, emu, turkey and black Bengal goat, which is the best quality mutton, and pork products that are usually not found in restaurants. The department is also showcasing the multiple use of different kinds of rice, such as tulai panji, gobindobhog and black rice, which are rich in protein and healthy. The aim is also to help entrepreneurs who have emu and turkey farms. The festival will have a business-to-business platform to facilitate tie-ups between suppliers and bulk purchasers.

The event also aimed at reviving lost menus of Bengal, among other things. A book on “lost” Bengali recipes will be unveiled, giving instructions on chingri maachher chachchari, galdar kebab, mangser bhaja puli, dimer barfi and several vegetarian items, among 107 recipes.

Stalls will be set up to sell black aromatic rice, known as kala bhat, short-grained aromatic rice, called kalo nunia, gobinda bhog, tulai panji, katari bhog, along with pulses, such as sona mug and bhaja kalai dal.