Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Kolkata Development Authority Meet

NKDA Board meeting was held today. We decided, inter alia, that (a) parking fees would be introduced in New Town :  the rates were approved today (b) block committees consisting of officers would be formed to report on local problems and solve (c) water meters would be installed in commercial, institutional and bulk residential buildings (d) scada-based sensing automation for utilities such as water supply, sewerage, power supply, optical fibre etc would be devised (e) strong action would be initiated against such institutions who had started operating with involvement of many students/ people without Completion Certificates (f) e-tender would be used for all works above Rs 50 lakhs
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I held the review meeting with all agencies at Eco-Park today. I advised for two more entry gates - one near the Rabi Aranya and the other near the Bonsai Garden. Here is a picture from my Sony h55 today morning of the Bonsai Garden area:
Bonsai Garden site
Inset: View Tower being built
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In the review meeting today, I referred to the Anandabazar story that appeared today. Here is the clipping:


8 comments:

  1. Welcome steps.
    "strong action would be initiated against such institutions who had started operating with involvement of many students/ people without Completion Certificates" - "institutions" means only institutions like educational institutions or does it broadly include real estate companies forcing people to take possessions without Completion Certificates as well? I guess in case of any untoward incident in such housing complexes fingers will be pointed towards NKDAs as well - hence better to send strong notices to those builders as well.

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  2. Dear Mr.Sen,The Eco Park management and maintenance proactive action that needs to be developed can have a number of innovative secured, self sustaining, advocacy,info-entertainment energy savings,waste to wealth,wildlife preservation PPP business modules.Bench marking the Eco Park to world class such endeavors happening globally would be a logical forward intervention.
    I reviewed the little information available on public domain on the dynamic drivers of the ecosystem of the park.Given the size of 450 acres and located within an wetland it is feasible to integrate Best Of Best practices creating employment and empowerment to the local community involved in the caring and custodianship. Ironically this year is the Wetland Tourism Year.Look forward to seeing exciting innovation integration in developing the Eco Park.
    Best Regards
    Sauman Dasgupta

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  3. @Sauman: We are also thinking. One thought that has crossed my mind is to consider village tourism - whereby villages near eco-pak may be geared up for high end tourists. I'll talk to Yes Bank tomorrow to exchange some ideas: they have done something in Purulia

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  4. Just curious, what if the tender amount is split into multiple units; each below 50 lakhs for a single job? Just a thought.

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  5. Sir, talking about eco-tourism, I had recently visited a place called Monchasha near Kanthi, and it was a lovely experience.A couple has ventured to try out a community based tourism in Bengal, and it's a laudable effort. I would really love it if such things come up in this eco park.

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  6. @Shri Debashis Sen:The Clean Tech TIE forum ,Pace UNI,AWEI,SGIP and a host of Institutions and individuals are working in this arena of developing Lab to Land appropriate "Ethical Eco Leisure and learning Business models".All driven by MDG's,VER's and Best of Best global best practices.One such effort with MNRE+NGOS'+Institutions is creation of clusters of 100 Super Smart Villages in the States of Bihar,Bengal and Odisha.A number of models has been tried and adopted in the Sub Saharan Africa.The Models developed for India and Asia pacific are based on 5P rating/Platinum Rating VER projects,spanning at least a period of 25 years.Meaning permanently eradicating poverty and pollution in that community.In India the PURA (APJ Kalams) model is being taken as the bench mark which is going to be supported by the PURA GREEN GRID.Addressing Energy poverty,education poverty and empowerment issues.This is the Facebook Page Link :https://www.facebook.com/SuperSmartBioEnergyVillage .These villages will have assorted clusters of core activity.Ranging from tourism to premature.The First Prototypes will provide Civic Bodies,Planners,Researchers and Enterprise data and first hand Learning to explore and implement ideas relevant to specific location and culture.A similar plan is being worked out to develop such integrated models for Two and Three Tier Cities.This should start rolling out by early 2013.Banks and the functions there off can be modeled as per the Green Economy schedules done by UNEP.This process ensures that both Bank and accounts are ethically accounted for.A pre essential that needs to be made more accessible to the mass.Indeed so much to do ,so little time.Dr.A.K.Das will be in town on 10~13th to get the TIE-Clean Tech East going.Will you be in town?Would love to catch up and share some exciting things we are doing.
    Best Regards
    Sauman Das Gupta
    http://in.linkedin.com/pub/sauman-dasgupta/3/757/b22
    "Mumbai and Kolkata will soon be beneficiaries of the expertise exchange. Please join me in complimenting Dr. Ashok Das on his wonderful efforts in the true spirit of TiE."
    https://bangalore.tie.org/article/8/presidents-note-2

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  7. Work we have been doing in Sangdo Korea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHO_zkHPTaI&feature=player_embedded

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