Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Street Map of Nabadiganta : with numbers

The street numbered map was generated through AutoCAD today. The next step is to put up signages. This will be done in next step.
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Millennium Post dt 17 Jan 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Squash Court and Indoor Badminton Court

The NKDA Board met today. It decided, inter alia, to set up a Squash Court and an indoor Badminton Court along with a viewers' gallery, players' changing room, store room etc under the New Town Business Club. This was in response to demand of members and residents for theses sports facilities. The Business Club already has more than 700 members who enjoy the two swimming pools, outdoor badminton, tennis and basketball courts, gym, billiards room, darts room, banquet room, kids room, lounge, guest rooms, fine dining restaurant, snack centre etc. Picture below is from the New Year Party on 31st December that was attended by over 500 members and their guests.

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Times of India dt 16 Jan 2017

Khabar 365 dt 16 Jan 2016

Sunday, January 15, 2017

MSTC takes Plot for Office Complex in New Town

MSTC Limited is a Mini Ratna Category-I PSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel. It had participated in an e-auction for a plot of land measuring 20 kottahs for office complex. They won the bid and yesterday, at its Board Meeting, Hidco approved the proposal to allot plot no. CF-18/2 to MSTC. Their Director had met me some time ago and had expressed desire to set up their regional office in New Town. Incidentally, Coal India already has its national headquarters in New Town while ONGC, ISRO, Coast Guard, NSG, Passport Office, DAE and many other Government organisations are in various stages of setting up their offices in New Town.
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Bartaman dt 15 Jan 2017

Khabar 365 dt 15 Jan 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hidco Board for additional digital modes

Hidco Board met today. It decided to go for additional EDC Machines (Electronic Data Capture , popularly known as swipe machines) of SBI for its Café Ekante, Najrul Tirtha, MWM etc as existing machines are sometimes "crashing" due to over-use by various clients. The Board also decided to opt for SBI digital wallet called SBI Buddy Merchant Account to deal with increased demands in view of demonitisation.
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Bartaman dt 14 Jan 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Vector Prescription

Dr Gautam Chandra, Vector Biologist visited various spots of New Town today with NKDA officials and advised us the best way forward for controlling mosquitoes in New Town and with special reference to the BGBS dinner scheduled at Eco Park next week. He advised use of BTI spray, citronella oil and pay attention to two canals rather than Eco Park Lake whose water was examined by him and found to contain no larva. He even gave a "prescription" to follow on a the run up to BGBS and thereafter in phase 2.

This is part of the general preparations for BGBS in New Town and Sector 5: I held meetings and field visits today at both places.
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Asian Age dt 13 Jan 2017

Salt Lake Telegraph dt 13 Jan 2017

ToI dt 13 Jan 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Cities

In course of yesterday's workshop on Future Cities, Dy Director IIT Kgp spoke of a new centre on Happiness that has been opened recently in IIT. He promised me to send me more details. I searched the web and found this link http://www.happiness-iitkgp.org/happiness/index.php .

How can cities be happy? By ensuring that citizens need less time to commute, by having less traffic jam, by having zones of recreation and entertainment, by having a sense of safety and security, by having centres of yoga/ meditation/ sports and by having a feel-good look in the public spaces. But to consciously and scientifically proceed further, we may collaborate with the IIT's Centre of Excellence on Happiness and so I have already sent a message to Director IIT.
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Times of India dt 12 Jan 2017
Bartaman dt 12 Jan 2017
Millennium Post dt 12 Jan 2017
Aajkal dt 12 Jan 2017
Khabar 365 dt 12 Jan 2017
Times of India dt 12 Jan 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Human Behaviour as a Design Tool

The day-long workshop on "Future Cities: Prospects and Challenges" took place today at the Glass Hall, Eco Park. It was inaugurated by the British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata. Delegations from the University of Columbia, University of Tokyo, University of Edinburgh, IIT Kharagpur and many others participated. Presentations were also made on behalf of Naya Raipur and Amravati. I sat through the day and listened to the points of view presented, looking for cues to take New Town and the Theme Cities ahead.

Graphic Desgn for Future Cities

I got the sense that future cities need to recognize human behaviour as a design tool. The concept was introduced by a professor from Amsterdam (Dr Sytse de Maat) who elaborated by explaining that, for example, pedestrian-cyclist-motorcyclists-buses-trains-ferries conflict and chaos in a central part of Amsterdam was taken care by making the zone a pedestrian plaza as humans were more efficient in criss-crossing each other in a chaotic origin-destination situation.

There were many other important insights too. I have requested the IIT team to give a synopsis document.
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Aajkal dt 11 Jan 2017

Ekdin dt 11 Jan 2017

Pratidin dt 11 Jan 2017

Bartaman dt 11 Jan 2017

Anandabazar dt 11 Jan 2017

Millennium Post dt 11 Jan 2017

Millennium Post dt 11 Jan 2017