Sunday, December 30, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Eiffel Tower on Christmas Day

Here is what today's Telegraph says:
The Telegraph 25.12.2018
And here is an explainer video atop the Eiffel Tower:

 And now a video taken yesterday when we went (my video recording skills are improving !) :

Christmas Carnival at Eco Park on Christmas Day

Cake Cutting at Cafe Ekante on Christmas Day

Monday, December 24, 2018

Blockchain Congress: Continued


Cafe at Eiffel Tower and Pagoda Washroom at Seven Wonders

The Cafe (or, as some call Cafe de Paris - but this is not the official version) was inspected today. It is in the campus of the Eiffel Tower which will also be opened to public on Christmas Day tomorrow. Designed by Abin Design Studio, I took an interview today afternoon at site and uploaded on YouTube. Here is the link:

. And here are two photos:

Entering Eiffel Tower Complex

Cafe de Paris Reception
It will start operating from tomorrow.

Earlier, the Pagoda style toilet - designed by Rupchand Kundu - was made open to all. A group photo:

Near the Pagoda Washroom, a new extension counter of a biryani restaurant was opened that will serve food from different countries from where the 7 wonders originate:

Food platters from around the world
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Few clippings:
Bartaman 24.12.2018

Millennium Post 24.12.2018

Ei Samay 24.12.2018

Aajkal 24.12.2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Australia-Bangla Band Perform at Rabindra Tirtha

At Rabindra Tirtha
Good collaborative Australia-India (Bengal) Band played at Rabindra Tirtha today with involvement of Australian High Commission and This happened at 6-7.30pm. I inspected the site of Kolkata Pous Utsav at Rabiindra Tirtha too, that will start tomorrow.  also inspected new arrangements being put in place for Eco Park year-end rush (today Saturday 22nd Dec's footfalls were 21,000+ ). We decided to keep Eco Park open on 24th and 31st December even though these are Mondays.

Kobita Utsav began at New Town Mela today at 4pm .

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Khabar 365 dt 22.12.2018

Anandabazar 22.12.2018
Ajkaal 22.12.2018

Ei Samay 22.12.2018
Pratidin 22.12.2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

New Town Mela Starts Today 21 Dec 2018

 New Town Mela and New Town Boi Mela  starts today at New Town Mela Ground today. At 5pm. Till 1 Jan 2018. Special attraction: Misti Hub Stall of Hidco. 

Hidco Stall at BNCCI Fair at Park Circus Maidan to start today.
Hidco Stall at Bidhannagar Mela going on in Salt Lake

Salt Lake Telegraph dt 21.12.2018
Khabar 365 dt 21.12.2018
(See yesterday's blog
post too, below)

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Co-ordination Meeting for Eco Park

Meeting at Hidco with Police, NKDA, Fire and others today (20.12.2018)

Today I held a meeting with Commissioner of Police, DCPs and other Police Officers, CEO NKDA and other NKDA officers, ED Hidco and other Hidco Officers, Transport Department, Fire Services Department, CMOH, Disaster Management etc to plan for special arrangements for the ensuing year end rush at Eco Park.

Some decisions:
- Overhauled traffic and parking arrangements.
- Extra buses (90) to be mobilised. For dispersal, buses would be lined up between Gate 1 and 4.
- Combined control room with police, health, NKDA and Hidco
- Special waste disposal squads
- Additional ticket counters

Source: WBTC

Khabar 365 dt 20.12.2018

Times of India dt 20.12.2018
Millennium Post 20.12.2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Events in December 2018

Important events scheduled in December 2018:

1. 21st 5 pm : New Town Mela inauguration
2. 22nd 3pm : Kobita Utsav inauguration
3. 22nd 3.30pm: Eco Park Gate 4 cultural unction
4. 23rd 4pm: Pous Mela, Rabindra Tirtha inauguration
5. 24th 2pm: Eiffel Tower inauguration
6. 25th 4pm: Christmas Cake at Cafe Ekante
7. 29th 2pm: Gitabitan Mela inauguration at Bolpur

And here is a clipping:

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Few other clippings today:
Times of India 19.12.2018

Khabar 365 dt 19.12.2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Consensus : Global Blockchain Congress

First Blockchain based birth certificate.
On first day of fist global blockchain congress "Consensus"
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(Later: 19th Dec 2018)

Dr Amit Mitra, Minister, releasing first birth certificate on

AC Toy Train

Abz 18.12.2018
Khabar 365 dt 18.12.2018
Ei Samay dt 18.12.2018
This is the second toy train in eco park. The first one is non AC, has 24v seats. The second one is AC, seats are cushioned, curtains are thee and a rear generator drives the ac machine. Ticket price Rs 250 for AC, Rs 150 for non-AC

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Save Green, Stay Clean

Today 2 December is National Pollution Prevention Day.
Yesterday, CEO NKDA received an award for a PPP Project at Delhi created under the State's Green City Mission. Details of this Apps Based Bicycle Sharing PPP Scheme can be seen at the video below:

Here is the picture of the award ceremony:

Dec 1, 2018. New Delhi
CEO NKDA receives award by
Businessweek NationalConclave
in Best PPP Model category.
On dais:
Minister, Himachal Pradesh,
CMD Businessworld
and others

We held an awareness meeting at Eco Park this afternoon (4.30pm) on "Save Green, Stay Clean"

Niel Law (with cap), Supriya Bagchi, me, Gopal Ghosh, Biswanath Sengupta, Suman Neogy: At Eco Park today

Several steps have already been taken under Green City Mission at New Town. Some are:
* Extensive plantation
* Persuading corporate houses to adopt and maintain greens (TCS, for example)
* Planned landscaping
* Using creepers to camouflage steel fencings
* Vertical Gardens on concrete walls (Gate 2 Eco Park, for example)
* Use of LED street lights
* Use of Solar Energy (Rootrop, Canaltop, Floating)
* Enforcing spot fines for littering
* GPS monitored mechanincal sweeping of roads
* Rooftop farming
* 10 EV Charging Stations
* 3 AC Electric Buses
* Cycle lanes
* Free Sapling distribution to residents and creating awareness
* Collecting waste plastics for use in road surfacing on a pilot basis