Urban development – A priority for Trinamool led Bangla Government

The State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department has done a commendable job under the Trinamool Congress-run administration. Over the last seven years, it has set up eight development authorities and carried out a lot of work on township beautification.

The primary achievements are as follows:

New development authorities: For the upgrading of existing infrastructure and creation of new tourist attractions in planned manner, eight development authorities have been constituted. They are:

  • Gangasagar Bakkhali Development Authority (in 2013),
  • Furfurah Sharif Development Authority (in 2015),
  • Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority (in 2015),
  • Bakreswar Development Authority (in 2016),
  • Patharchapuri Development Authority (in 2016),
  • Mukutmanipur Development Authority (in 2017),
  • Changrabandha Development Authority (2017) and
  • Tarakeswar Development Authority (2017).

Area extension work has been done for Gangasagar Bakkhali Development Authority, Haldia Development Authority, Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority and New Town Kolkata Development Authority.

Green City Mission: It was launched in 2016 for all cities of the State to make them future-proof, talent-friendly and investment-oriented by adopting sustainable, environment-friendly, liveable, energy-positive (adoption of solar energy) and information technology-friendly programmes. A total of 2,596 projects with a total project cost of Rs 1,290 crore have been launched.

Gitabitan: This new township dedicated to art, culture and design is being developed in Bolpur in Birbhum district under the Sriniketan Santiniketan Development Authority.

Floating market at Patuli: For rehabilitating shopkeepers who had to move away because of the widening of the EM Bypass, a unique floating market was created at a waterbody in Patuli near Garia, Kolkata. It has become immensely popular, both among locals and visitors.

Tele Academy and Correctional Home: A Tele Academy (academy for imparting training on various aspects of the television industry) and a state-of-the-art correctional home are being constructed in Baruipur.

Eco Tourism Park: Also known as Prakriti Tirtha, this beautiful park was set up on 480 acres of land around a 112-acre waterbody, alongside Biswa Banga Sarani in New Town. It has now become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Bangla.

Other constructions in Newtown: Other important constructions in New Town, one of the green cities and now considered a model city in the country, are Rabindra Tirtha, Nazrul Tirtha, Mother’s Wax Museum, Kolkata International (Biswa Bangla) Convention Centre and the Financial Hub.

Bicycles: A dock-less, GPS-enabled bicycle sharing service has been started in New Town.

Developments in Digha: A huge illuminated Welcome Gate was constructed in Digha to welcome visitors. The gate is beautifully designed and is lit up beautifully too, and it has become a popular spot for photography. A convention centre is under construction as well as a Hawkers’ Rehabilitation Centre, beachfront beauti­fication in front of Saikatabas and other places, a central bus stand, Digha Mohana Road, bituminous road to Sankarpur and Tajpur, and from Digha Gate to Mandarmoni, and Biswa Bangla Uddyan.

Developments in Mukutmanipur: The area under Mukutmanipur Development Authority has been declared a tobacco-free and plastic-free zone. The authority has adopted the motto, ‘Green and clean Mukutmanipur’. Open consumption of both tobacco and alcohol has been banned here, along with a ban on use of plastic.

Developments in Tarakeswar: Three electrical high masts have been put up by Tarakeswar Panchayat Samity. The Tarakeswar Municipality has put up 13 electrical high masts, trident lamp posts with LED Lamps and 300 nine-metre electrical poles with LED lights.

Hospitals: Beautification and frontage development of 23 district hospitals have been completed and work has been initiated for another 13 district, sub-divisional and State General Hospitals.

Parks: Development of more than 406 parks has been completed and that of another 391 are in the works as part of a green space development programme.

Crematorium: In the Medinipur-Kharagpur planning area, an electric crematorium has been constructed to prevent pollution generated by burning of wood in funeral pyres.

Sufal Bangla to open with restaurants now

The State Government’s hugely popular ‘Sufal Bangla’ chain of grocery-and-fish stalls are now going to come up with restaurants now. Nutritious and delicious food – dal, rice and vegetables – will be served at affordable prices. Sufal Bangla is run by the Agricultural Marketing Department.

The first such food outlet would be started in Tarapith in Birbhum district, in a newly-created market.

Tarapith has been chosen to start with because it is a very popular pilgrimage site. Thousands, and during certain periods of the year, lakhs of devotees visit the temple there. They will be able to satisfy their hunger with cheap but wholesome and cleanly prepared food.

The rice, fruits and vegetables available at Sufan Bangla stalls are sourced directly from farmers. So with this system in place, more can be sourced from farmers, increasing their incomes.

According to an official of the Agricultural Marketing Department, even after selling, in many places, every day, there are some quantities always in excess. That would be put to use now. Ghee would be served along with rice, according to this official. Superior varieties of rice like gobindobhog, tulaipanji, kalonunia, randhunipagla and radhatilak would be available too.

Trinamool candidates begin election campaign across Bengal

As soon as the election dates have been announced, Trinamool Congress candidates have started their campaigns.

Last Friday, the Election Commission announced the election dates for West Bengal, Later in the evening, All India Trinamool Congress Chairperson Mamata Banerjee announced the list of candidates for all the 294 Assembly seats to be fought for.

Campaign graffiti and posters are being put up everywhere; rallies are being organised all over the State.

Mnay candidates are seeking blessings from the gods before starting their campaigns. Sovan Chattopadhyay visited Dakshineswar before starting his campaign. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay visited Tarapith before starting his campaign journey.

Manish Ghatak began his campaign by leading a procession of Trinamool workers on Bagha Jatin Station Road.

Subrata Mukherjee began his campaign by painting graffiti in his constituency of Ballygunge. Gautam Deb too started his campaign in North Bengal by painting graffiti.

Many others too have started their campaigns. Today morning Firhad Hakim, Vaishali Dalmia, Shahshi Panja, Lakshmi Ratan Shukla, Soham Chakraborty, Indranil Sen, Syed Rahim nabi and many others were seen on their campaign trails.



জেলায় জেলায় নির্বাচনী প্রচার শুরু তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস প্রার্থীদের


প্রার্থী তালিকা ঘোষণার সঙ্গে সঙ্গে বিধানসভা নির্বাচনের প্রচার শুরু করল তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস। গত শুক্রবার কমিশনের নির্বাচনী নির্ঘণ্ট ঘোষণার পরেই প্রার্থী তালিকা ঘোষণা করেন তৃণমূল কংগ্রেসের নেত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।

এক মুহূর্ত দেরি না করে শনিবার থেকেই শুরু হয়ে গেছে দেওয়াল লিখন, পোস্টার, মিছিল।

শনিবার দক্ষিণেশ্বরের আদ্যাপীঠে পুজো দিয়ে প্রচার শুরু করেন কলকাতার মেয়র শোভন চট্টোপাধ্যায়। তারাপীঠে পুজো দিয়ে প্রচার শুরু করলেন সরকারি দলের মুখ্য সচেতক শোভনদেব চট্টোপাধ্যায়। বাঘাযতীন স্টেশন রোডে মিছিলে হেঁটে প্রচার শুরু করলেন যাদবপুরের প্রার্থী মণীশ গুপ্তা।

বালিগঞ্জ কেন্দ্রে দেওয়াল লিখনের মাধ্যমে নির্বাচনী প্রচার শুরু করলেন মন্ত্রী সুব্রত মুখোপাধ্যায়। প্রচার শুরু করেছেন সাধন পাণ্ডে সহ একাধিক বিধায়করা। শনিবার উত্তরবঙ্গে দেওয়াল লিখনের মাধ্যমে প্রচার শুরু করেন মন্ত্রী গৌতম দেব।

আজ সকালে নিজ নিজ কেন্দ্রে প্রচার করেছেন ফিরহাদ হাকিম, বৈশালী ডালমিয়া, শশী পাঁজা, লক্ষ্মীরতন শুক্লা, সোহম চক্রবর্তী, ইন্দ্রনীল সেন, রহিম নবী প্রমুখরা।

Heritage tourism circuit in Birbhum

Birbhum tourism is not just about Tagore’s Santiniketan. The district has a host of traditional temples which have heritage value and also unique architecture. Tourists can now take an interest in it on their way to Santiniketan via Burdwan.

Prodded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state tourism department has come up with a Rs 20 crore plan to develop a heritage eco tourism circuit in Birbhum.

The authorities have already started building lodges and cottages and will revamp the areas surrounding Tarapith, Bakreswar and Kenduli. The plan is to develop a tourism circuit around Tarapith, Bakreswar, Kendua and Santiniketan. The thrust will be on heritage and eco-tourism.

The Birbhum district administration will be assisting the tourism department in implementing the project. A meeting was held between the officials of tourism department and Birbhum district administration to chalk out plans.

A beautification programme will also be taken up in Tarapith, surrounding the temple, where the roads will be beautified. A tourist lodge will be set up at Tarapith where about 80 visitors could be accommodated. The authorities have already started setting up tourist cottages in Bakreswar.

Plans are also on to provide shelters to the ‘sadhus’ there. Landscaping will also be done along the Dwaraka river. Welcome entry gates will be set up at Jaydeb and Kenduli.

The tourism department also has plans to initiate a public private partnership (PPP) project on a nine-acre plot in Santiniketan to develop eco-tourism.


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WB Govt selects 8 sites for helipads

The government has selected eight sites across the state for setting up permanent helipads. Sources said that a fresh survey would also be conducted to identify more sites.Sources in the secretariat said the permanent helipads would be set up in Digha, Tarapith, Mayapur, Howrah’s Dumurjola and at four other sites, including in north Bengal.

Officials, however, said that the soil condition would have to be ex amined at some sites.

Earlier, the state government had planned to develop 21 permanent helipads across the state, possibly one helipad at each district, to facilitate smooth movement of the chief minister or other VVIPs. The district magistrates were asked to make site selections and prepare reports on where the helipads could come up in their respective jurisdictions.

Officials said that after conducting surveys in the 21 proposed sites, eight sites have so far been selected for setting up permanent helipads.

Never disrespect people in a democracy: WB CM at Rampurhat

With the BJP suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of AAP in Delhi polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said “arrogance and political vendetta have been defeated today” and that BJP’s “balloon has burst”.

“Never disrespect people in a democracy. Arrogance and political vendetta have been defeated today. People have the final word in a democracy. What an audacity ? There is a (Bengali) proverb that unchecked rise of anything leads to its downfall,” Banerjee said. “In politics there should not be political vengeance and character assassination and insulting the people”, the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

Banerjee is strongly critical of various policies of the Modi government and had earlier accused the BJP of political vendetta against her party over the CBI probe into Saradha scam. Hailing AAP’s victory, Banerjee who is speaking at a state government function on welfare projects said, “This is a victory for formation of government of the people, by the people and for the people. Loser is always a loser and winner is a winner.”

Earlier in the day she had tweeted that the Delhi Assembly polls were a “turning point” in the present political situation which showed that political vendetta had no place in democracy. Party Spokesman Derek O’Brien said besides congratulating AAP for its landslide victory in Delhi polls on Twitter, she has sent a SMS to Kejriwal congratulating him.


Source: PTI