A ten-member delegation from the World Bank met me today to take stock of the progress of projects under the National Ganga Programme. The team was led by Dr Genevieve Connors who is now the Team Leader now for this project. Others in the team included Srinivasa Rao, Mehul Jain, A S Harinath and others. Kripan Roy of Govt of India was also a part of this delegation.
We reviewed the progress of the schemes. I told about the difficulties encountered by the States and argued for a positive and dynamic framework.
I will attend a meeting at Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt of India, at Delhi on Monday.
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Mr Gaston Stronk, Ambassador of Luxembourg in India, was in Kolkata today. Mr and Mrs Stronk visited Rabindra Tirtha today morning. I accompanied them and explained the concept. They seemed to quite like the two exhibition halls displaying Tagore's works and portraits. In course of conversation, I recalled my visit to Luxembourg in 2003.
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a long meeting at Town Hall today with all Ministers, Secretaries and DMs. To a question I replied that construction of Banglar Hat was going on in full swing and that preparations for receiving complaints at New Town was being made.
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Here is a picture clipping from today's Anandabazar about water zorbing in Eco Park :
Last Poila Baisakh, we had the citizens' meet at Rabindra Tirtha. It was good to see the report in Telegraph today that the hard work that we are doing is being recognised at least by some. A clipping:
And finally a clipping about the flagging off of a Ladies Bus on the same day (Poila Baisakh):