Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Mayar Khela"

We finalised the broad parameters of the inaugural ceremeony for Rabindra Tirtha on 22se Sraban. I met Hon'ble CM yesterday afternoon and apprised her of the details. Here is the invitation card:
5pm on 7th August :
Cover of Invitation Card for inauguration of Rabindra Tirtha
Soon after the inaugural ceremony, the dance drama "Mayar Khela" will be staged by Sutapa Talukdar and troupe. Songs by eminent singers are also being finalised.
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We are building a State Government Office Complex in Salt Lake, in a plot adjacent to UD Department. Architectural design has been awarded. Here is a clipping from today's Brtaman:
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The date of submission of proposal for the Eco Resort in New Town has been extended. Today's papers carry this advertisement:


  1. Can we go for a higher FAR so that SGOC can accomodate a large number of offices and can cater to the future demands as well. This will let the state govt to sell the remaining plots and mop up some money.

  2. 1. When would Rabindra Tirtha declared open for general public? Looking forward to visiting it soon.
    2. Invitation card looked nice.


  3. We are Prabasi Bengali (Gujju BOng) have links to Bengal that's why we visit annually to fall in love with the smell of Bangla.We appreciate the new government's special initiative to commemorate and honour those great Silpis. I painstakingly compiled a list of those immortals in various walks of life whether literature, science, commerce, music, as rulers - Bengal has so many great contributors I am amazed and as I read I am soaked with a feeling of nostalgia. We Bengalis are only concentrating and showering our love and attention substantially towards Guru Rabindranath, Swami Vivekanada, Netaji annd a few other notable greats. From my list whose link is given below, you will be surprised how many more we have totally forgotten.Or Govt due to its lack of initiative and money crunch led Bangla to forget. So, my article forget not them.... Preserve their homes, if not at least preserve their belonging so future generations and our children can see them and get inspired. And further, economically for Bengal, these spots become places of tourist attraction and an avenue for revenue generation for local people through tourist visits.Here is my 296 greatmen of Bengal list

    First 10
    1.Sukanta Bhattacharya
    2.Tarashankar Bandopadhay
    3.Jibanananda Das
    4.Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay - Vidyasagar
    5.Rammohan Roy
    6.Ramakrishna Paramahansa - Gadadhar Chattopadhyay
    7. Ma Sarada Devi - Saradamoni Mukhopadhyay
    8. Sister Nivedita
    9.Khudiram Bose
    10.Prafulla Chaki

    Last 10

    287.Haimanti shukla
    288.Protima Bandopdayay
    289.Banashri Sengupta
    290.Nirmala Mishra
    291.Mithun Chakroborty
    292.Ajay Chakroborty
    293.Tanmay Bose -Tabla
    294.Vikram Ghose - Tabla
    295.Salil Chowdury
    296.Atish Dipankar - Buddhist Preacher


    New future addition - Pranab Mukherji's school and village home :)

  4. @gautam mitra: Just visited your site and the list compiled. Amazing work. Please arrange the names in alphabetical order so that one can check if a particular name is on the list or not. For example, on baishe srabon, the following dignitaries will be present: Dwijen Mukhopadhay, Suvaprasanna, Jogen Chowdhury, Saoli Mitra, Joy Goswami and Swagatalakshmi...Do these names figure in your list? Slightly difficult to check though I did spot Saoli Mitra's name.

  5. @Gautam:I liked your expression Gujju Bong:)I had suggested a "Hall of Fame" in different epic spots and Institutions.Sadly history reminds us that only socially active public figures often become eminent.Not demeaning anyone's achievement in the 296 list.The compilation in itself is a very fine spirited effort.What I would like to see is "perpetuation of the Philosophy and practice of these individuals via various social and government interventions". The Wall of Fame and Institutional support ensures the continuity of work and ideas.If we take the case of Acharya JC Bose.His work on electricity should have been by now standardized across Bengal.Acharya PC Roy.His works on Indian ancient chemistry should have by now given the Indian Metallurgical community the key to various alloy science.List of such people(more importantly their life time work must be more accessible to the common man.However the recent trend in "reviving Bengali Heritage" is a very welcoming effort for all Bongs.Probhasi and Desi Bhasi alike.Keep up the great work Gautam Babu.

  6. Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism.
    Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities. For these reasons, ecotourism often appeals to advocates of environmental and social responsibility.
    Since the 80’s this has become a major tool for advocacy and entertainment. At the same time a very import social engagement tool to emphasize and elaborate Ecological mandates. Unfortunately in India the last three decades has seen a reverse trend in developing and benchmarking such endeavors. Only certain states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala has to an extent developed good working business models of Eco Resorts and Parks. In most cases of such efforts across India has been a mere use of the word to extend the Luxury Hotel Industry.
    Australian Wildlife Conservation movement since the mid 80’s has been successful in being the front runner in such Eco Park and Resort development Industry /Institution involvement. As a result some of the Best Eco Parks and Eco Resorts across the world has been developed with Australian Organization and inputs. Personally I have been very active as a Energy Efficiency Engineer for various such establishment across the globe during my last 25 years of Professional engagement .It is with this backdrop that I would request the Department to first embark on a study and dynamics of the Park Model by local and global experts to primarily set the standard of Construction ,Operation, maintenance. This has to be followed by a working Norm(WN) that has to be managed and mentored throughout the proposed Life Span of the project.
    On another note. Studies and modeling done by world conservation groups (including the Green Peace) along the Bengal delta indicates that Coastal management with ecological engagement along the coastline can employ and engage about 50% of the coastal population.
    Hence I would request that instead of a short term practice. A long term schedule be drawn up for Eco Resort/Tourism and activities. On behalf of the Global Sustainability Round Table, it would be a pleasure to provide your department with inputs for consideration.

  7. TOI has carried a good write up on DSDA and future plans.It is also good to see that 6 Private players have expressed their interest for developing the Mega Eco Tourism Hubs in Digha.Incidentally I had a lengthy discussion with the Australia Eco Tourism development Operators and Developers Council.Ozzie Companies are very keen to develop a "total coastal restoration and Eco Tourism development schedule".As you are aware that we Australians have the "Best of Best" conservation and earth friendly tourism standards, the world best Coral Reef and coastal Zone restoration mandates.It would be great to have us involved in the process.I had sent them the EOI.Our discussion also included development of Water Tourism and water tourism route development.Right from the Border of Bengal to the Sunderban Delta.This could also include inland water ways development.Something that had been systematically destroyed in the last 300 years.Ironically it is evidenced from History that Bengal was a no Flood Zone.This was because of the extensive inland waterways and Dighi (catchments) which used to direct and harvest the water flow.This whole advanced system of trade and transport saw its demise in the mid 1800's due to the blockade of a few river streams upstream.Specially in Murshidabad as noted by Morley in his accounts.
    With regards to embankment stabilization.A proposal is probably gather dust in the Irrigation department which was initiated in 2004.This was a comprehensive collation and recommendation on the various interventions that can be taken up as PPP.In fact un official personal mathematical modelling we had done shows that the inland transport burden could be reduced to half .Not only that services such as Boat Mobile Medical Units,Floating Libraries and even floating facilitation centers can be incorporated via the SHG or Cooperative route.

  8. REFERENCE: Notice No. M-7037/HIDCO/Admn-1283/2009 dtd. : 30.11.12/01.12.12
    OBSERVATION: The route no. 3 goes is supposed to be .Akhankha - Ultadanga I was unable to locate any Bus Terminus near Akankha Housing in the layout map of AAIIC on the WBHIDCO site. The nearest one that I could locate was the 0.47 Hectare plot numbered CBD/15; CBD-C on the CBD layout map.
    Does WBHIDCO not believe in it’s own approved plans maps?
    Does this mean that, despite all the government’s claims that Rajarhat New Town will be the first world class planned township in Bengal, WBHIDCO believes in preserving our heritage (after all, we have already accommodated squatters and jhopad-pattis in AAI)? Auto in 2013?????
    Any bus stops planned? Or does WBHIDCO still believe in keeping alive our traditions of passenger customized bus stops
    The maps on the WBHIDCO website are not at all user-friendly (just try to enlarge them and read the text and you will appreciate my point). Could they be improved? With the IT hub nearby, that should not be a problem.
    Could Rajarhat New Town buck the trend of roadside bus terminals?
    Could WBHIDCO publish route maps (say one painted at every bus stop) and impress on it’s law enforcement counterparts do their job?
    Could Rajarhat New Town start with dedicated bus lanes keeping future transportation volume in view (any doubts about its utility may be laid to rest by analyzing its efficacy in Delhi ASIAD and London Olympics)?
    PS: I hope this does not lead to clampdown --- all maps going off-net.