Friday, December 2, 2016

Banglar Mishti Hub

Artist's impression of Mishhti Hub near Gate 3 of Eco Park 

The Board of Hidco in its meeting dated 25 November resolved to approve construction of Banglar Mishti Hub in New Town for promotion of traditional Bengali sweets with particular focus on people flying out from Kolkata.  Renowned sweet shops will be able to display and sell various types of Bangla sweets. The Board noted that many well known brands of Kolkata have shown interest in participating. But the Hub of 10 odd stores will also have space for traditional geo-tagged Bangla sweets such as Shaktigarh's Lyangcha, Bardhaman's Mihidana-Sitabhog, Krishnanagar's Sarbhaja-Sarpuria, Berhampore's Chhanabora etc.

The design was approved by the Board and tenders have been invited.
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Khabar 365 dt 2 Dec 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meeting on Gitabitan

Draft Brochure of proposed Gitabitan Township in Shantiniketan
We held a long review meeting on Gitabitan Township yesterday. The brochure design was finalised and target dates were given to different wings such as PHED, WBSEDCL, SSDA, HIDCO etc. We decided that although theme and culture would be the theme, all street lights would be LED and there would be Wi Fi hotspots too. We will take the next stage after next Friday.

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Bartaman dt 1 Dec 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Designer Wi Fi Hot Spot

Suman Neogy, Debashis Datta, me, Sutanu Kar,
Debapriya Biswas and Arup Ghosh:
29th Nov 2016

Yesterday, we launched the first designer Wi Fi Hot Spot in New Town Kolkata. This is at the first rotary traffic island, near the Bus Stand. The design is made by a team from IIT Kharagpur led by Prof Dr D Pandit. The fabrication of the white metal structure is done by an engineering team led by Suman Neogy, GM, Hidco. The bandwidth / router is provided by NTTIDCO, a joint venture company of Hidco.
The idea is to universalise access to internet, create public spaces that encourages real-life socializing (not only on facebook !: see the number of people already making use of it in the lower picture). We will analyse the responses received from the pilot ptoject and then spread out to 60 odd locations in New Town already identified by the IIT Team
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Khabar 365 st 30 Nov 2016

Anandabazar dt 30 Nov 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Green City Mission Launched

Minister Firhad Hakim, me, Talleen Kumar, Pr Secy IT
At Nazrul Tirtha today, Minister Firhad Hakim launched the Green City Mission by watering a plant and inaugurating a website ( ). All Municipal Chairpersons of the state were invited and many came with their officers. Tallen Kumar, IAS Pr Secy IT, Raju Das, IFS, MD, WBWDCL, Sudip Datta, COO BUIDL, Anindya Chattopadhyay, Special Secretary  Power, Mani Pradhan, Director SUDA, Ms Shakuntala Ghosh, Chairpeerson IGBC (Eastern India), CII etc also spoke. S Mukherjee, JS and I presented on behalf of UD/ Hidco. A proforma was given for benchmarking that will be the baseline for implementing the mission. A WhasApp Group was also to be formed

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meeting on Modern State of the Art Public Digital Library in Kolkata

We had today a meeting in Hidco with Mass Education Department and C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) to explore the possibility of setting up a modern digital library in New Town. Mr Manish Jain, IAS, Principal Secretary, Mass Education and Library Department, Director of Library Services, Col (Retd) A K Nath, Executive Director CDAC, and Sutanu Kar JMD Hidco, Supriya Bagchi, Chief Engineer, all were there. A powerpoint presentation was shown by Library Department. Web based intelligent digital library features were explained. I added that we'd prefer (a) large print reprints of popular books for the senior citizens (b) a stock of rentable Kindle machines with backlit screen for reading in the dark without disturbing sleep of others and with selected book downloaded (c) a coffee shop (d) Wi Fi and (d) on-line membership of specialised web libraries for use by professionals such as law / medicine professionals.

The department will revert soon after doing some further homework.
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Millennium Post dt 28 Nov 2016

Times of India dt 28 Nov 2016

ToI dt 28 Nov 2016

Bartaman dt 28 Nov 2016
Khabar 365 dt 28 Nov 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bhutan Japan

The Buddha Statue that was installed in Suruchi Sangha during last Durga Puja has been installed in Japanese Garden. Suruchi had created a Bhutanese monastry as the Puja Pandel. I took the photo today. The Japanese Garden is slated to open in late December after a Japanese expert comes to see and suggest changes, if any.  In the Japanese Garden, there will be a pagoda, prayer wheels, wishing pool, aromatic walk, rows of Budhdhas, beautiful landscape and lighting, a Japanese restaurant, a souvenir shop and Japanese plants.
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India Today dt 5 Dec 2016
(Simply Kolkata)

Saturday, November 26, 2016


We introduced PayTM just before Pujas this year. We were lucky to have done so as soon after that (8 Nov) the demonetization hit us. Crowd in Eco Park, Wax Museum etc has dropped but PayTM collections have shown a steep rise as the following data shows:
PayTM Collections (in Rs)

I got the data today from A Saif, Finance Officer. In the morning, I did a review of the performance of the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre being done by L&T. I was told that due to demonetization, many workers were absent for several days and that has an adverse effet on completion time.
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Millennium Post dt 26 Nov 2016