Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dedicated water supply for New Town, Rajarhat

After a longish meeting with water experts from all wings of the government and elsewhere, I decided to have a dedicated raw water pipeline for the New Town, Rajarhat.
Here is a link to a story:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Digha Beach Festival in December 9, 2011

I met Tourism Secretary Mr Raghabendra Singh last Tuesday and proposed that we could have a beach festival in October, a water sports festival in December and a Sea Food Festival in January - in and around Digha-Sankarpur-Mandarmoni. We finally agreed to converge all on a week or fortnight starting on December 9, 2011. It is a Friday, a day before full moon. Yesterday, I got a confirmation from the Tourism Department.
I will hold a meeting tomorrow to introduce a theme to Digha Tourism. Bright Blue & Yellow (I am thinking of Van Gogh' ), a logo ('let's go to digha' ) and a signature tune. Let's see.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


In Telegraph, Times of India etc, HIDCO has published a notice inviting Expression of Interest for engagement of a Project Management Unit.
Here is the link:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Convention Centre at New Town, Rajarhat

I met Mr Prasoon Mukherjee of Universal who is a 50% partner of a Company that is going to make a Convention Centre. I was told that work would start on 2nd October 2011. Here is a picture of the proposed centre:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meeting with Roberto Zagha

I met Mr Roberto Zagha, Country Director of World Bank in India yesterday in Kolkata. We discussed about the possibility of reviving the Secondary Cities Project and also co-financing of the Kolkata Riverfront Development Project. We also talked of looking at Kolkata's rejuvenation anew. I was interested to know that the FAR of New York was 11.4 while we have in Indian cities FARs around 2 or so: thus the cities were "chapati cities", to quote Mr Zagha.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rabindra Tirtha Announced by Chief Minister

Yesterday, at Writers' Buildings, CM announced that Rabindra Tirtha will be constructed in Rajarhat. I was present when this was done. The day before, I had had an occasion to discuss this project with her. It will be built over 5 acres of land. The land is earmarked. I will hold a meeting on Baise Sraban (8th August) even though it is a holiday.

But I am given only 8 months for this project. How can I achieve this, I wonder.
Helpful suggestions, anybody?