daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy (aug.2, 2013) | DMCA policy | flipboard magazine

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Asian Forums > India > Metropolitan Projects > Kolkata

Kolkata Project news for Kolkata Metropolitan Region - Kolkata, Howrah, Bidhan Nagar (Salt Lake), Nabadiganta (Sector V), New Town, Kalyani



Reply

 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 16 votes, 4.75 average.
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #1
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Thumbs up Kolkata Beautification Projects

Details Of Kolkata Riverfront

Kolkata,one of the oldest city of India has a long riverfront which is the lifeline of Kolkata from Kolkata's childhood.
Among the most beautiful and happening places in the city of Kolkata is the Hooghly riverfront. People throng to the waterfront from very early in the morning - to take a holy dip, to worship, to catch a ferry, to get a full body massage under the sun or simply to catch some fresh air.
The Hooghly River is a distributary of the Ganges River. It splits from the Ganges near the city of Baharampur, and runs south through West Bengal, past the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah, to empty into the Bay of Bengal. The river is an essential lifeline for the people of Kolkata. The fish from the river are important to the local economy. The river's presence is one of the reasons chosen by the British to settle there. Several bridges run over the Hooghly at Kolkata; the Howrah Bridge, the Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekananda Setu,Nivedita Setu .

Several famous ghats of Kolkata:
Outram Ghat

Outram Ghat is situated along the Strand to the South of Babughat which was named after General Sir James Outram. This used to be the main mooring for ships to Bangladesh and Burma. This place is now an unique spot for people to chill out in the sweltering summer afternoons and evenings. It houses the Explorers Club, an association for marine adventurers. It also has a floating restaurant and you can find country boats for hire.

Princep Ghat

Between the Water Gate and the St George's Gate of the Fort William, on the riverbank is the Prinsep Ghat. It was built in 1843, James Princep was the secretary of 'The Asiatic Society' from 1832-1838. His life was a prolonged, tenacious research on meteorology, chemistry, Indian scriptures, numismatics, archaeology, mineral resources etc. His remembrable achievement in his life has been to decipher the doctrines of Emperor Ashoka, from the inscriptions in rocks and boulders.

He was also the Mint Master at Kolkata when he deciphered the Brahmi Script employed by Emperor Ashoka in his Edicts. James Prinsep was died on 22nd Aril, 1840 at a mere age of 41. The memorial is set in a square with Ionian Column s holding up a 40 foot roof. Afterlife of Prinsep, the people of Kolkata collected a fund and built the “Princep Ghat to commemorate their beloved man.

Annapurna Ghat

Anciently, Annapurna Ghat was known as Raghu Mitra's Ghat and his father was Govindo Ram Mitra. During the establishment of British, Govindo Ram was appointed as the 'black deputee'. Bishnu Ram Chakraborty of Bag Bazar became the 'Ameen' of Kolkata when Hastings was the Governor General. Before setting off for England, Hasting has presented him 52 acres of land. Bishnu Ram Chakraborty was built four Shiva temple in Raghy Mitra's Ghat in 1776 and he worshipped everyday of Goddess Annapurna and then the Ghat came to be known as Annapurna Ghat.

Armenian Ghat

Built by Manvel Hazaar Maliyan in 1734 was of Armenian origin and hence the ghat was named after him.. He had constructed the bell-room and tower atop the Armenian Church. The Kolkata station and Ticket Reservation Room of Eastern Railways was situated in Armenian Ghat from 1854-1874. Passengers take the ticket from here and then the launch or steamer of the Railways which used to ply from there to Howrah took them to Howrah. The passengers used to board the train from the platform at Howrah. This system was stop after the construction of Howrah Bridge. Horse-pulled trams used to ply from Sealdah to Armenian Ghat regularly. At present, Armenian Ghat has transformed into a store-house of the Port Commission.

Present condition Of kolkata Riverfront
As from the pictures every one can see that the current condition of kolkatas beautiful riverfront is in shoddy condition.The historic Ghats are in shabby condition,every day it is loosing it's glory.Slums have come up along side of the river,several sewerage canals regularly drops huge amount of polluted water in hooghly destroying it's water.Factories garbage's and several things like dead bodies,flowers etc. are disposed in the river everyday.The Jetty's are in shambled condition.Once Kolkats most hot place the riverside has lost It's glory.


Riverfront Beautification Project
Currently the new TMC-Cong. Government has taken a huge initiative to return the glory of Kolkata Riverfront.The details updates and the news related to this project will be discussed here.

Last edited by saurav_68; July 15th, 2011 at 12:35 PM.
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
 
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:03 PM   #2
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
‘Hooghly riverfront beautification project on track'

The Hindu
Staff Reporter

Kolkata: Senior officials at Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) said here on Wednesday that the KoPT has already sent an initial framework of the Hooghly riverfront beautification project to the Ministry of Shipping for approval.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Indian Railways, KoPT and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation in July this year to renovate and beautify the riverfront.

According to the MoU, a 12-km-stretch of Hooghly river bank both on the city side and on the side of the Howrah district will be beautified.

“A six-member committee, consisting of two members from each of the three bodies, have already been constituted and the RITES have been asked to do a feasibility study on the project. The report is expected to be submitted in two months,” Ajay Ranade, deputy chairman of KoPT, said on the sidelines of a tourism conference.

Mr. Ranade pointed out that any project to beautify the Hooghly riverfront will be complicated. He said that while it is a legal issue to evict the squatters and rehabilitate them, shifting the city's largest wholesale market at Posta on the riverbank is also a challenging job.
Link To The News
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:05 PM   #3
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
MoU signed on Kolkata riverfront facelift project

Beautification, restoration and conservation of the 10-km-long eastern bank of the Hooghly between Cossipore and Garden Reach may begin in earnest, now that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by officials of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and RITES. The MoU was signed in Kolkata on Friday, in the presence of Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, railway minister Mamata Banerjee and minister of state for shipping, Mukul Roy. The programme was not without its share of controversy though, with state urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya expressing his displeasure over the fact that nobody from the state government was invited. KoPT officials, however, maintained that it was not a public function and nobody, save for media personnel, were invited to it. KoPT chairman M L Meena said RITES would prepare a comprehensive masterplan and submit it in two months. Work will then start on beautifying the riverfront. “We have conducted a detailed study. After beautification and restoration, this can be one of the most beautiful locations in the country,” he said. Little has been done in so many years to involve the various civic bodies along the Hooghly banks in conservation efforts, Roy pointed out. Mamata reiterated that there is ample scope to turn Kolkata into another London. “Unfortunately, we have not used the assets available. Let this be a start towards the right direction. Finally, we can develop the riverbank along the three stretches towards Sagar, Haldia and Farakka. The land along the river can be put to commercial use. In Kolkata, the KMC can undertake the work on land that is owned by KoPT and the railways. The Centre has been allotting a lot of funds for such projects. Much of this has remained unutilised,” Mamata said. She added that things should progress, now that government agencies have got together. Of the 48 ghats around Kolkata, 45 are maintained by KMC, two by KMDA and the remaining one by the state government. “The railways has a lot of land on the riverbank. Two more port facilities have also been planned in the state by KoPT. The railways will provide connectivity. Till port-rail connectivity can be achieved, no economic development will be possible. A number of agencies, including BESU, has expressed interest in working for development of the riverfront,” the railway minister said. Mukherjee agreed that development funds are often left unutilised. “Every finance minister would like to see utilisation of allotted funds. This is a very good initiative. In the past, there have been piecemeal efforts. These have not had the desired effect. There is no dearth of land and RITES has the technical competence to prepare the masterplan. I would just urge everybody to ensure that the project is completed. On many occasions, projects are undertaken but left incomplete,” he said.
News Link
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:08 PM   #4
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
Mamata's London vision shapes beauty blueprint
TNN Jun 1, 2011, 06.29am IST


KOLKATA: The humble Hooghly may soon be seen in Thames couture if the chief minister's designers can weave her London dreams into the blueprint to turn Kolkata into an international city.

Mamata Banerjee chaired the first coordination meeting on Tuesday to develop and beautify the city on the lines of the British capital, with several agencies getting together to give shape to her vision. A nodal committee was set up to work out a comprehensive plan and funding for the project. The basic plan is expected to be ready in a month. "All the agencies have come together to convert Kolkata into another London," Mamata said.

The project is expected to start with a beautification of the Kolkata riverfront. Technical and consultancy agency RITES has already prepared an elaborate plan with assistance from the School of Planning and Architecture , Delhi. A presentation was made to the chief minister on Tuesday. Apart from Mamata, others present at the meeting were Union minister of state for shipping and railways Mukul Roy; state urban development minister Firhad Hakim, mayor Sovan Chatterjee , chief secretary Samar Ghosh, Railway Board member A P Mishra, Kolkata Port Trust chairman M L Meena and other officials from the railways, RITES, KMDA and KMC.
News Link
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #5
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:

Pact signed to beautify Hooghly riverfront


Clean Deal:The Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee; and the Railways Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee; look on as officials of the Railways, the Kolkata Port Trust and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation sign the memorandum of understanding for the beautification and upgrade of the city's riverfront in Kolkata on Friday. —

Our Bureau

Kolkata, July 9

A memorandum of understanding between Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), Indian Railways and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was signed here on Friday for beautification programme of the Hooghly riverfront.

The Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee; the Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee; the Union Minister of State for Shipping, Mr Mukul Roy; the Mayor of KMC, Mr Sovan Chatterjee; the Chairman of KoPT, Mr M.L. Meena; and the Chairman of the Railway Board, Mr Vivek Sahai, among others were present. Mr S.B. Das, Secretary, KoPT, Mr V K Gupta, Adviser (Land), Railway Board, and Mr A. Roy, Commissioner, KMC, signed the MoU.

Mr Mukherjee said it was not enough to sign the MoU; it should be to implemented properly and on time. He had no doubts that the beautification of the Hooghly riverfront, once implemented, will change the face of the city.

The Railway Minister said it should be possible to utilise the vast tracts of land (of both railways and port) on both sides of the Hooghly river not only for beautification purpose but also for commercial utilisation, thus accelerating the pace of development in the State.

The Minister of State for Shipping stressed the need for involving as many as 40 municipalities, in addition to KMC, for the development of the long stretch on both banks of the river.

The port authorities will extend full cooperation in this regard, he said.

The Chairman of KoPT said Rites, the consultancy organisation of the Railways, will prepare the Master Plan for the project.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated July 10, 2010)
Link To News
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:13 PM   #6
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
Stinky evening by the river

Jayanta Gupta | TNN



Afew days ago,when an agency engaged by RITES was clicking photographs of the Kolkata riverfront,a woman came charging in and warned: Jotoi chhobi tolo.Amra ekhan theke shorchhi na.(Take as many photographs as you want.We arent moving from here).
This is a classic example of what happens in Kolkata every time some development is planned.Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has directed RITES to start work on riverfront beautification from August 1,but going by experience,the agency is in for a hard time.
The government is silent on whether the bus terminus at Band Stand (outside Eden Gardens) will be shifted.This is an eyesore and a major source of pollution in the heritage zone.Several years ago,the military had transferred this defence land temporarily to the state government for a bus terminus.The government promised to return it as soon as an alternative location was found.The government is still hunting for such a location.
While private buses occupy the space along the boundary wall of Eden,scores of interstate buses remain parked along the riverfront.At any time of the day,the area is a hub of all sorts of undesired activity.The ground is a stinking mass of rotting foodstuff and garbage.After dark,illicit liquor flows freely,so do fists and the occasional knife.
The bus terminus should be shifted immediately.It is an inconvenience and pollutes the river.About 5,000 people pass through it daily and use the riverbank to defecate.The whole area stinks.There is no hope of beautifying the riverfront unless the buses are removed, says green activist Subhas Datta.
Downstream,the area around Outram Ghat though in better state than other sections along the riverfront turns into a hub of crime after dark.During our college days,my wife and I used to visit the area.We decided to take a walk here a few days ago and it was a disgusting experience.It has turned into a pick-up joint, said Tarun Singh,an IT professional.
RITES plans to start work from Bajekadamtala (near the slope in Babughat used for immersions) and proceed upriver for a kilometre.In the first stage,the riverbank will be restored and refurbished.Later,jetties and an open-air theatre will be built on the river.RITES plans to engage agencies like ArcelorMittal for the beautification.The first stage itself will cost 36 crore.Of this,the state tourism department has paid 20 crore and Kolkata Municipal Corporation will take care of the rest.The second half will cost nearly 100 crore.
Today,there is not a single place in the city where you can take a visitor on an evening outing.Those who know of the Hooghly want to visit it but there is nowhere you can sit for a while and relax.Once the riverfront is restored,we are sure that private agencies will come forward to create infrastructure, said D C Mitra,project coordinator,RITES.
Several plans have been made for beautification of the riverfront but they all failed due to lack of co-ordination between the several agencies involved.With Mamata making it clear that RITES would be in overall charge this time round,there is hope for one of the most sought-after destinations in the city after all.
Link To News
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #7
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
BangaliAana

Kolkata beautification work to begin from next month


In a step towards fulfilment of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s poll promise of beautifying the metropolis to match London, the West Bengal government is initiating a project to beautify a stretch along the Hooghly river.

The first phase of the project, covering a one-km stretch along the river from Babughat to the Millennium Park, would begin from August 2, secretariat sources said.

Banerjee recently gave the clearance after a high-level meeting at the secretariat, attended by Minister of State for Railways Mukul Roy, PWD Minister Subrata Bakshi, Urban Development Minister Firad Hakim, Tourism Minister Rachpal Singh, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and officials of the Army and the Kolkata Port Trust.

At the meeting, Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), which will implement the project, gave a presentation of the beautification plan prepared by the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

While the original plan covers a 10 km stretch along the river’s Left Bank from Pramamik Ghat at Baranagore in the north to Dahi Ghat in the Garden Reach in the city’s southern fringes, it was decided at the meeting that the initial work would be taken up on a one kilometre stretch from Babughat to the Millennium Park, the sources said.

The project, called ‘Hooghly River Front Development, Kolkata,’ envisages setting up of a cultural node in the northern end and a nature retreat, along with development of the jetties at the Fairlie Ghat, Millennium Ferry Ghat, Babu Ghat and Outram Ghat.

Besides, it also includes setting up a ‘Kolkata Square,’ an open air theatre and a ‘Water Shrine’ along the river.

RITES project coordinator DC Mitra said the project plan focuses on increasing the visibility of the Hooghly and restoring the lost heritage around the riverbank.

Citing an example, he said that the famous Eden Gardens off the riverbank has come to mean only the stadium today, with very little public interest in the actual garden with its landmark wooden pagoda at the centre.

“Also, people have heard of the Bandstand, but do not know where it actually is. The project envisages restoring the Eden Gardens and the nearby Bandstand to their full glory,” Mitra said.

In the first phase of the project, the Bankim Chatterjee statue roundabout behind Eden would be decongested with the relocation of the inter-state bus stand there and removal of the roadside eateries.

“Once the place is decongested, something called the Kolkata Square will come up there. It will have, as in many foreign countries, a map of the metropolis along with its heritage landmarks would be etched on the road itself for the benefit of outsiders. A pillar would also be installed with the names of the luminaries from the city with their dates of birth,” Mitra said. In course of the project, the jetties along the Hooghly would be refurbished to enable upto six yachts of berth on them at any given time, Mitra said.

A ‘Gateway of Kolkata’ would be set up at the abandoned KoPT cargo sheds near the iconic Howrah bridge.

To bring back the glory of north Kolkata which was the epicentre of what is known as the ‘Bengal Renaissance,’ a Literary Square would be set up near ‘Mayer Ghat’ at Bagbazar, associated with the memory of Sri Sarada Devi, wife of the famous saint Sri Ramakrishna.

Besides, heritage projects would also be taken up at Kumartoli, famous for studios of clay sculptors and artists.

Several commercial complexes, including shopping malls and entertainment centres, would also be constructed along the riverfront, Mitra said, adding that the height of the station buildings of the Circular Railway, which runs along the river bank, would be increased to house commercial complexes.

While the state government would be involved only in the infrastructure development for the project, the commercial ventures envisaged in the project would be taken up either through the PPP model or purely on private ownership basis.

According to Mitra, funds of Rs 280 crore would be required for the first phase of the project.

Meanwhile, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, keen to involve itself with the project, has completed the work of dismantling the commercial hoardings and billboards in the city’s heritage BBD Bag area.
News Link
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #8
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:

Delhi School of Architect to make plan for Kolkata riverfront

Kolkata, Feb 3 (PTI)

The beautification from the stretch of the Hoogly river between Garden Reach and Cossipore to be done by Kolkata Port Trust, Indian Railways and Kolkata Municipal Corporation will get a plan from Delhi School of Architect.

Mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee on the sidelines of CII event said the plan has been expected soon and the Master Plan includes various commercial exploitation, recreational inputs and residential projects for revenue generation from this project.

The mayor said the private investments are welcome for this initiative of beautification of the riverbank from Garden Reach to Cossipore over a land area of around 250 acres.

Speaking on the better management of infrastructure projects in city, he said, there was a need for an Infrastructure Advisory Panel with representation from administration and industry for better planning, delivery and implementation.

He said ADB had released the Rs 100 cr loan which got withheld due to delay in implementation of various developmental projects undertaken by KMC within the time period of 2007-2010.
News Link
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 06:27 PM   #9
saurav_68
Registered User
 
saurav_68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 393
Likes (Received): 3

Millenium Park part of Kolkata River Beautification


cc:http://www.twitsnaps.com/


cc:ilovekolkata.in


cc:Pratanu Banerjee


cc:Raja Chowdhury
saurav_68 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 07:09 PM   #10
sidney_jec
Complex Equation
 
sidney_jec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 6,250

nice thread saurav
Hopefully it wont only be futile promises yet again
__________________
Everything that can be done, either by Man or God, has been done in India - Mark Twain

myIncredibleIndia | flickr | Sids Photography | Will you fight a monkey?
sidney_jec no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #11
arijeetb
Arijeet
 
arijeetb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 4,964
Likes (Received): 55

Nice thread, Saurav
arijeetb no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 08:26 PM   #12
samrat_m
Registered User
 
samrat_m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2,993
Likes (Received): 554

This is a really cool thread. Thanks saurav_68.
A lot is expected of this project.
samrat_m no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #13
sidney_jec
Complex Equation
 
sidney_jec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 6,250

may be we can tell the govt that we in here have opened up a thread in SSCI and we dont want it to die its natural death so please start working
__________________
Everything that can be done, either by Man or God, has been done in India - Mark Twain

myIncredibleIndia | flickr | Sids Photography | Will you fight a monkey?
sidney_jec no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 15th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #14
studdmanster
<!error detected>
 
studdmanster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Jamshedpur/Kolkata
Posts: 7,266
Likes (Received): 498

All works would begin only after Diwali...so tl then fingers xd!!!
__________________
No One Becomes Learned By Reading Books....
studdmanster no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 15th, 2011, 02:59 PM   #15
arijeetb
Arijeet
 
arijeetb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 4,964
Likes (Received): 55

Quote:
Originally Posted by studdmanster View Post
All works would begin only after Diwali...so tl then fingers xd!!!
In my opinion, the initial 'works' should consist of identifying and removing the barriers to this project notable among them being the polluting and disgusting bus terminus and encroachments along the stretch. Rather than starting work and compromising later on they should address these with highest priority. I do not want MB to say "We have shelved the project because the people did not want it", something which she has said in the past.
arijeetb no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 21st, 2011, 01:48 PM   #16
studdmanster
<!error detected>
 
studdmanster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Jamshedpur/Kolkata
Posts: 7,266
Likes (Received): 498

Foundation Laying Ceremony on 1st August

Today Mamata Banerjee from her Brigade Samabesh announced that foundation laying ceremony for the River Beautification project to be taking place on 1st August, 2011...

cc: all local news channels

OT: heard dat Dev-Koyal were also present at the rally??
__________________
No One Becomes Learned By Reading Books....
studdmanster no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 21st, 2011, 02:34 PM   #17
Suncity
By the ocean
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 23,802
Likes (Received): 3308

Quote:
Originally Posted by studdmanster View Post
Today Mamata Banerjee from her Brigade Samabesh announced that foundation laying ceremony for the River Beautification project to be taking place on 1st August, 2011...

cc: all local news channels

OT: heard dat Dev-Koyal were also present at the rally??
Mamata flaunts star and vocal power at victory rally

http://www.washingtonbanglaradio.com...-victory-rally

Quote:
Kolkata, July 21 (IBNS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chose July 21, the day she observes as martyrs day to commemorate the a 1993 police firing deaths, to celebrate her landmark victory on a rainy Thursday parading the Tollywood stars and intellectuals of Bengal with the victims of political violence in the state where she ended a 34-year-old Marxist rule two months ago.

July 21 is observed every year by Mamata Banerjee at downtown Esplanade to mark killing of 13 activists (then she was a Congress leader) in police firing on July 21, 1993 in Kolkata, but this year it was a different occasion for the communist slayer.

But Mamata this year chose to change the venue to the city's iconic Brigade Parade Ground for a massive show of strength and despite rain a large number of people gathered drawn by the star power of Mamata Banerjee.

"I thank you all for braving the weather and turning up in large number. My brothers and sisters and mothers of Nandigram, Netai, Singur and Jangalmahal (all over Bengal. I thank you all.

"Those who died will not come back. But I will try to do my best to bring peace.

"People punished them. So there is no need for us to clash with them. They robbed, they killed. But we will not do anything like that. We will give good governance," she said.

"Now we want good human beings. Now we want good youth power," she said.

"I have tried to do in two months what the Left Front did not do in decades. I tried to speed up work," she said.

"After taking over we saw that the government even did not leave any money to pay salaries. They left huge debts. They made the hospitals a gateway to hell. We increased 3500 beds in just two months," she said.


"We have already allocated Rs 1200 crore for village hospitals," she said, quoting copiously from famous Bengalis like Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam.

"The teachers will now get salary on time on the first day of the month," she said, adding that thousands of teachers would be recruited too.

"We will solve Singur problem. We will solve Jangalmahal (Maoist affected zone) problem. We will solve all," she said.

Mamata said she will now concentrate on infrastructure and ensure employment generation.

"We will show what is Parivartan (change). You welcome change, and we show what is change," she said.

"I can sacrifice my life, but I cannot sacrifice my commitment," she said, assuring that she will indeed usher in change.

She reiterated that Kolkata indeed would be like London with the launch of the pilot project on Aug 1 and north Bengal would indeed be like Switzerland.

From actors like Biswajit and popular Bengali singer Nachiketa to present day Tollywood heartthrob Dev and litterateur and Magsaysay winning social activist Mahasweta Devi, the stage of Banerjee's victory show was a galaxy of stars, singers, poets, actors and intellectuals.
Suncity no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 28th, 2011, 08:45 AM   #18
debayanlahiri
Registered User
 
debayanlahiri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 702
Likes (Received): 14



Source: The Telegraph dated 28 July 2011, page 23
__________________
Let the World be Beautiful..
debayanlahiri no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 2nd, 2011, 04:10 AM   #19
debayanlahiri
Registered User
 
debayanlahiri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 702
Likes (Received): 14

__________________
Let the World be Beautiful..
debayanlahiri no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old August 2nd, 2011, 09:31 AM   #20
BengaliTiger
Registered User
 
BengaliTiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Bhubaneswar / Kolkata
Posts: 770
Likes (Received): 47

Can any one say about the "stretch of one KM to be developed on pilot basis"? I mean from which place to which place the pilot project will be undertaken?
BengaliTiger no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT +2. The time now is 06:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like v3.2.5 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu