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Durgapur, 20th May 2015
Nepal Quake Relief Rally by CPIM attacked in Durgapur
A rally to collect funds for the victims of quake in Nepal by CPI(M) workers was attacked by suspected Trinamool Congress supporters. Yesterday skirmish happened in front of the HSEU (Affiliated under CITU ) office at Vidyasagar Avenue in B-Zone, Durgapur steel Township.
CPI(M) complained that on 17th May, there supportors were beaten up by TMC supportors when they were collecting funds for the earthquake victims of Nepal in Bankim Chandra Avenue, B-Zone of Durgapur Steel Township. To protest for such an event CPI(M) decided to organise a rally at 5 Pm from the CITU office to the nearby Bankim Chandra Avenue to collect relief funds.
CPIM workers were gathering at B-Zone post office Rotary for the rally and soon about 100 men attacked the CPI(M) supportors in which many got beaten. Six of them has to be hospitalised. The motorbikes parked ourside the party office were damaged and even a scooty was burnt outside the party office.
Trinamool congress however denied all charges and termed the incident as inner-party clash of CPI(M). TMC claimed that CPI(M) men gathered there to take control of the area and when his party-men resisted there broke out a clash in which 3 of his supporters were injured.
Asansol Durgapur Commissionerate of Police (East) Amitava Maity reported to the media that no prior permission was taken for conducting any rally. He however added by saying that police is investigating into the complaint of attack on CPI(M) men.
Source: Ananda Bazar Compiled by www.durgapurcity.co.in



Durgapur, 18th May 2015
India's First Private Greenfield Airport Begins Operations at West Bengal's Durgapur
India's first private greenfield airport project at Durgapur in West Bengal commenced commercial air operations today with state-owned carrier Air India flying one of its planes to and from the airport.
The ATR 42-320 airplane of Air India took off from Kolkata, carrying MPs, other dignitaries, government officials and others, landed at the Durgapur airport and flew back to the eastern metropolis.
Christened Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA), the airfield has been developed by Bengal Aerotropolis Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) with the technical expertise from Singapore based Changi Airports International.
"The flight schedule has been structured in a manner which will enable on time and easy connectivity from Durgapur to major metros like Delhi and Mumbai via Kolkata," BAPL said in a statement.
"Through check-in" facility will be available to passengers travelling from Durgapur to and from Mumbai and Delhi airports.
"Our vision to put Durgapur on the national aviation map of India is now a reality," said company managing director Partha Ghosh.
Private carrier, Pinnacle Air which is conducting air trials to the nearby Cooch Bihar airport in north Bengal also touched down in KNIA during the premiere commercial operations.
The West Bengal government has declared a 100 percent sales tax exemption on aviation turbine fuel till 2021 for flights refueling at KNIA besides a 25 percent concession on the base fare of the tickets in four passenger categories, in the commercial flight services by Air India.
Those eligible for the concessions are students from the airport's hinterland, land losers' family members, state government officials flying onward to Delhi and Mumbai from the hinterland and patients from 'Jangal Mahal' area travelling to Kolkata for treatment. The government officials will get the concession for a year.
"The concession will be provided in the way of a cash back format, wherein a passenger availing the discount is reimbursed with the entitled amount on producing valid documents as proof of meeting the criteria for any of the eligible concession categories," the company said.
The Asansol-Durgapur belt houses some of the largest industries in the state encompassing Durgapur Steel Plant, Alloy Steel Plant, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Durgapur Thermal Power Station, Alstom, IISCO, Philips Carbon Black, Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation and Ultratech Cement among others which results in an increased commutation activity in the area.
Source: the Statesman

Durgapur, 15th May 2015
One more steel plant worker who suffered severe burn injuries dies
One more steel plant worker who suffered severe burn injuries in Monday's accident at the Durgapur Steel Plant succumbed at the private hospital this afternoon. This was the second death resulting from the incident.
A junior executive, meanwhile, is still fighting for life at the hospital where the three were taken after the mishap inside the plant when hot liquid metal splashed from a ladle and spilled on them during casting process.
Trainees of the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) had been agitating at the private hospital since the death of Deepak Dalui - a 19 year-old trainee and one of the three victims of Monday’s mishap at the Continuous Casting Plant - claiming that the trainee had been illegally assigned to work in a hazard - prone area alongside regular workers.
The trainees alleged: "We are trainees, but we are forced to work as regular workers and after the incident the DSP authorities are trying to escape from paying compensation for the death saying that the dependents of a trainee will not get benefits as he was yet to be regularised on the pay roll."
Central trade unions like the Citu and the Intuc have taken a stance in favour of the agitating trainees. The death of another mishap victim, Ranjit Ghosh (45) this afternoon intensified the tension at the plant. He was a junior technician.
The trainees camping at the hospital refusing to accept the body of Dalui since Tuesday had convinced the deceased's parents, Mr Subhas Dalui and Mrs Sabitri Dalui to share their stance. The parents were seen with the trainees. After the private hospital complained that Dalui’s body was lying at its morgue unclaimed, a contingent of police from New Township police station barged into the hospital and forced Mr Dalui to accept his son’s body.
Police also lathi-charged on the trainees as they were trying to obstruct the move. Chairman,SAIL,Mr C S Verma, considering the uproar at the DSP had rushed to Durgapur yesterday and after visiting the mishap victims, he inspected the mishap site at the CCP. He lashed out at the senior officials and scolded some managerial staff.
He has also dismissed the two-member fact-finding committee set up by DSP and constituted a four-member High Power Committee comprising senior SAIL officials from plants other than the Durgapur Steel Plant. The Intuc, incidentally, had been demanding the same asserting that the inquiring officials of the DSP won't be able to prepare an impartial report. Mr Debashis Chowdhury, spokesman, Intuc, said:"We had communicated our view to the chairman and he has rightly assigned senior SAIL officials from outside."
The new inquiry committee comprises Mr Arupan Banerjee, ED (Works), Bokaro Steel Plant,Mr Sanjib Taneja,GM (Operation), SAIL Corporate Office, Mr R K Rathi, ED (Works), Iisco Steel Plant in Burnpur and Mr PK Polle, GM, Mecon, Durgapur. Besides,Mr Verma while leaving for Delhi last night also ordered the suspension of the GM (Safety), DSP, Mr Amit Biswas and DGM (In-Charge, CCP), Mr P Kumar saying that they cannot evade primary responsibility, DSP sources said.
The Citu's district committee, meanwhile, claimed these steps were diversionary tactics. Mr BK Chakraborty, Burdwan district president, Citu said: "According to the Factories Act, 1992, the authority was supposed to initiate specific cases against the offenders. The workers died because of their negligence.
Source: the Statesman

Durgapur, 11th May 2015
Three DSP workers suffer burn injuries in metal splash
Three workers of Durgapur Steel Plant here suffered burn injuries today when a metal splash took place in the ladle meant for casting while casting was going on in the bloom caster of the plant.
A release issued by the steel plant said that the incident occurred around 12.10 pm.
The three workers were rushed to a private hospital in the steel city, where their condition was stated to be critical, it said.
The incident is being investigated, the release said.
CITU leader Bansa Gopal Chowdhury, who visited the injured workers at the hospital, alleged that workers' safety was lax as the plant authority was keen only about production.
The plant is one of the integrated steel plants of Steel Authority of India Limited.
Source: business-standard

Durgapur, 11th May 2015
PM Narendra Modi becomes the first passenger to fly out of the Kazi Nazrul Airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today became the first passenger to fly out of the Kazi Nazrul Islam airport, the first greenfield airport in eastern India at Andal near Durgapur, after completing his maiden two-day visit to West Bengal.
Mr Modi became the first passenger to fly out of the airport, which is yet to begin its commercial operations. He left for New Delhi by an Indian Air Force aircraft at 1300 hours and was seen off by State Governor K N Tripathi.
Prime Minister Modi flew to the India’s first private green-field Airport at Andal, set up in collaboration with Changi International Airport of Singapore and promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd( BAPL) by a helicopter from Asansol, where he dedicated to the nation an upgraded and modernized IISCO steel plant at Burnpur.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that the airport is ready for commercial operation from May 18 with Air India subsidiary Alliance Air operating an ATR-48 aircraft. The 48-seater plane will fly between Andal and Kolkata, putting the industrial belt on the air map. Though an air strip existed earlier, it was privately owned by the Indian Iron and Steel Co prior to its takeover by Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).
Ms Banerjee said Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal is India’s first green-field airport. Though, seventeen such airports were announced to be set up in India but only the Bengal project was completed. The 650-acre airport is the centre piece of the Rs.10,000 crore Aerotropolis, an ambitious township project in the Durgapur-Andal region, presently in the developmental phase.
Source: dayandnightnews

Durgapur, 10th May 2015
More development awaits for Asansol-Durgapur region: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that the Asansol-Durgapur belt and its adjacent areas would see witness many more development programmes after the inauguration of long awaited IISCO modernisation.
"A large amount of development has taken place in this region after we came to power in the state, while many more development awaits for this entire industrial region," Ms. Banerjee said after inaugurating the Kazi Nazrul Islam University near the poet’s birthplace at Churulia.
Mr. Banerjee has also asked the KNI university authority to prepare a proposal urging Dhaka University for collaborative programmes between these two universities. “When I will visit Dhaka, the matter can be discussed with the appropriate authority there," she said.
"The university has now a campus of eight acres land. We are trying to expand it further to accommodate a B.Ed college and a Law college," she said. Stating that due honour was not given to this rebel poet, Ms. Banerjee said that her government had developed this university and an Academy after the name of the poet, besides developing Nazrul Tirtha at New Town, Rajarhat.
Giving a list of development programmes which already had taken place in the area, Ms. Banerjee said commercial operation of the country’s first private Greenfield airport at Andal would begin from May 18 with a six-days-a-week flight service between Durgapur and Kolkata.
Stating that the entire region would immensely benefit from this service, Ms. Banerjee announced 25 per cent concession in this air service for students, previous landowners and government officials from the area of Durgapur, Asansol, Raniganj, Bolpur, Santiniketan and Jangalmahal for a year.
Besides, ailing residents of Jangalmahal area could also travel with 25 per cent concession for their treatment, she said. Ms. Banerjee also announced sales tax exemption to the carrier on ATF required for air operation at Andal for a period till 2023.
She also said that a private operator Pinnacle Air would begin air services on Kolkata-Durgapur-Bagdogra-Cooch Behar sector from the same day.
Ms. Banerjee claimed that it was due to an initiative she had taken long back that the modernisation of IISCO took place which was inaugurated by the PM on Sunday.
"I gave a proposal on this first during the time of UPA I government contained in the ‘Bengal Package’ in which IISCO was mentioned. It took eight years to complete this modernisation programme," Ms. Banerjee claimed at a function near Churulia here after inaugurating the Kazi Nazrul Islam University.
"Had we not given 3,000 acres of land, modernisation and expansion of IISCO would not have been possible. With the inauguration of this project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the region will enter into a new horizon," she claimed.
Ms. Banerjee also said that during her tenure as Railway Minister she had also helped to recover the ailing Chittaranjan Locomitve Works (CLW).
The infrastructure in the area including roads, drinking water and power have also improved a great deal in the area, Ms. Banerjee said with the mention of a police commissionerate and Fast Track Court.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister either inaugurated or laid the foundation of 46 development projects in the area. Source: thehindu

Durgapur, 8th May 2015
Durgapur Airport to start flight from 18th May
India's first private greenfield airport set up in West Bengal's Durgapur-Andal region in collaboration with Changi International Airport, Singapore, will begin operations from May 18, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.
"India's 1st private greenfield airport set up in collaboration with Changi International Airport, Singapore is ready for commercial operation. We have named Andal airport after Kazi Nazrul Islam. Flight services will commence at Andal airport from May 18," Banerjee said at a media meet at the state secretariat "Nabanna".
The 650-acre airport is the centrepiece of the Rs.10,000 crore Aerotropolis, an ambitious township project in the Durgapur-Andal region, presently in the developmental phase.
Banerjee said flights from Singapore to Andal will commence "soon".
"Air India will fly to and fro from Kolkata. This will help people from Asansol-Durgapur to travel to Delhi and Mumbai with great ease. Happy operators have proposed to keep fares reasonable," she tweeted.
Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, said her government has exempted sales tax on aviation for the airport till 2021 and is taking steps to compensate those provided the land.
"Special discount of 25 percent will be available to students, patients, family members of land givers for the project and all state government officers.
"Our government has exempted sales tax on aviation turbine fuel for this airport till 2020-21 to make air travel affordable for common people," she said.
Source: business standard

Durgapur, 7th May 2015
7-yr-old dies after eating stale biryani in Durgapur
Jasmin Khatun (7), a resident of Taltala bustee in Durgapur, died and six others were admitted to a local hospital on Tuesday evening after consuming stale biryani from a hotel earlier in the day. While Jasmin, who comes from a family of ragpickers, was admitted to Bidhannagar hospital initially, doctors recommended that she be shifted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital (BMCH) when her condition deteriorated. However, she died on her way to BMCH.
Five other members of her family also fell ill and were admitted to DSP hospital. The seventh person (to fall ill) is a member of another family. Three persons were released on Wednesday.
Sources said doctors suspect it is a case of food poisoning. After consuming the leftover biryani brought from a local hotel by Taj (12), a slum-dweller, the family members started experiencing acute stomach pain and began vomiting. As Jasmin's condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Bidhannagar hospital where doctors referred her to BMCH.
Local councillor Mrigen Pal (from Trinamool Congress) told Hindustan Times, "When family members brought Jasmin to Bidhannagar hospital in a critical condition, she was referred to BMCH. But the family is very poor and they didn't have the money to take her to Burdwan. So they brought her home first. She died on her way to BMCH."
He added that the male members collect old paper and dirty plastic. The women work as domestic help or cleaning staff in hotels. On hearing about the suspected food poisoning, Pal rushed to the spot and promptly shifted Jasmin's family members to DSP hospital. They are Saheba Khatun(14), Altaf Ansari (8), Aftab Ansari (5), Sahzad Ansari (8 months) and Sakina Bibi (22). Their condition is now condition and three persons were released on Wednesday. Pal also said that the Left Front had done very little for slum dwellers in its 34-year rule. Many of them did not have BPL cards. Rather, comparatively better off residents had been given these cards.
The residents of nearly 122 slums in Durgapur sub-division live in unhygienic conditions and earn their livelihood by rag picking and working as hawkers. Jasmin was reportedly buried at a local graveyard on Wednesday.
When contacted, Durgapur SDO Kasturi Biswas told HT that Jasmin Khatun was a student of Bharati Hindi School. She and her family had biryani around 9 am and started feeling sick from 11am on Tuesday. Seven persons from two families were affected. A relief team, led by the local Councillor, will be sent to the slum.
Source: Source: Hindustan Times

Durgapur, 7th May 2015
45 trapped inside Durgapur coal mine rescued
All coal miners trapped inside the coal mine at Pandabeshwar in Durgapur at West Bengal were rescued after five hours on Thursday morning.
As many as 45 coal miners on the night shift had stepped inside the mine with the help of a trolley at 12am. The shift was to get over at around 8am, but with the boiler inside the mine malfunctioning, the miners were trapped inside.
While all of them were safe, the management reportedly made sure they had sufficient food and water supply inside the mine throughout the rescue operation.
Finally, at around 1.30am, the boiler inside the mine was repaired and all the 45 miners trapped inside were rescued with the help of a trolley.
Source: dna india

Durgapur, 6th May 2015
Realty threat to birds & heritage site in Durgapur
Developers of a private residential project in Durgapur have been accused of filling up a portion of a Mughal- era pond with earth dug from the site and affecting migratory birds that settle there.
Rights activist Sudhajit Mukherjee and residents last month lodged complaints with the sub- divisional officer and the forest department against the housing project that is coming up on a PPP model in association with Asansol- Durgapur Development Authority ( ADDA).
Mukherjee also alleged that the local labourers working at the construction site had been killing the lesser whistling ducks that come there from southeast Asia for its meat.
" The builders have already filled up at least 25 per cent of the heritage pond by dumping construction material waste.
This is also posing a threat to the thousands of migratory birds that settle on the water body. The masons and labourers working at the site are also killing the birds for their meat and are destroying the eggs," Mukherjee said.
Trinamul had opposed the construction of the residential complex ------Aquapolis ---- when it began in 2010 under the Left regime. Construction was stopped after Trinamul took charge of ADDA in 2011.
Asansol mayor Tapas Banerjee was then in charge of the authority.
But current ADDA chairman Nikhil Banerjee allowed the two private developers to resume work in 2013, sparking criticism from the residents.
Local historians said the pond has been there for centuries and women in the Mughal era used to bathe inside a tunnel that is at one end of the water body.
The heritage conservation committee of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation had declared the tunnel and the pond a heritage site in 2009.
A signboard was put up, mentioning that under the West Bengal Preservation of Historical Monuments and Objects and Excavation of Archaeological Sites Act, 1957, damaging heritage sites was a punishable offence. The maximum punishment under the act is 10 years' imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 5,000.
According to local lore, legendary dacoit Bhabani Pathak had used the tunnel many times to evade forces of local zamindars and the British.
The tunnel is located adjacent to a Kali temple where, according to local belief, Bhabani Pathak lived.
Over the past few years lesser whistling ducks have been migrating from southeast Asian countries and settling along the pond during winter. While most of the birds left the water body with the onset of summer, some have stayed back.
ADDA chairman Banerjee said he would not allow the birds to be affected by the project.
" I will not shield the private developers if they are found to be filling up the pond and their labourers are involved in killing the birds. I will seek a report from the promoters in this regard," he said.
Forest officials led by divisional forest officer Milan Mandal had inspected the pond last month and put up signboards around the water body to create awareness about the birds.
" So many lesser whistling ducks come here. These brown, long- necked birds with broad wings are nocturnal feeders and during the day, they are found in flocks around the water body or nearby paddy fields. Residents have complained to me about the birds being killed by masons working at the residential project. It is difficult to catch them red- handed. So I have advised my officials to keep a watch. We have also put up signboards saying that killing of the birds is illegal and can attract punished under Wild Life Protection Act 1976," said Mandal.
Kamal Dutta, one of the private developers, said he was not aware that the pond was a heritage site and that masons were killing the migratory birds.
" I have no idea about the pond being a heritage site or that my labourers are killing migratory birds. I am busy in completing the project as it has been delayed by two years.
The ADDA stalled work for two years. After much request, they allowed me to start work in 2013," he said.
Durgapur- based Dutta Builders and Developers Pvt Ltd and SSE Nirman Pvt Ltd bagged the assignment to construct the residential complex Aquapolis along with a commercial hub in a PPP model with the former Left- led ADDA in 2010 and started construction beside the pond at City Centre.
Two basement plus 13- floor apartments, including ground floors, will come up on the 90- cottah plot comprising 160 flats beside the water body.
" I had purchased the land from ADDA at Rs 2 lakh a cottah and also promised to sell them 16 flats at cost price," Dutta said.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, 5th May 2015
CPI-M urges Modi to revive two closed urea plants in Bengal
Calling upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure revival of two closed urea units of Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation at Durgapur and Haldia in West Bengal, CPI-M Surjya Kanta Mishra on Monday expressed dismay over the central government deciding to reopen three other plants elsewhere while overlooking the interests of the state.
In a letter to the prime minister, Mishra said the union government has very recently taken a decision for revival of three closed urea manufacturing PSU units at Barauni (Bihar), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Sindri (Jharkhand).
The decision was taken following the announcement by the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) to extend the gas pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia.
"Incidentally, these two units in West Bengal, at Durgapur and Haldia, will fall enroute the 2,500 km stretch of pipeline extension for the GAIL project," said Mishra, also the leader of opposition, in the letter.
Both Durgapur and Haldia plants of HFCL were closed down during 2002-03 along with Barauni unit of HFCL and Sindri, Talcher, Ramagundam and Gorakhpur units of Fertiliser Corporation of India "on the plea of higher production cost and the then availability of urea in the international market at a cheaper rate", the missive said.
Subsequently, the unon government decided to revive Talcher and Ramangundam units of FCIL.
"Now the decision to revive the three units (Barauni, Gorakhpur and Sindri) leaving behind the two units in West Bengal clearly indicates that he interest of the state has been once again overlooked by the union government.
"In the circumstances, I would request you kindly to issue necessary instructions for the revival of the two closed urea manufacturing plants at Durgapur and Haldia at an early date," said the Communist Party of India-Marxist leader.
In a separate letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mishra requested her to take up the matter "to protect the interest of the state".
"I would further request you to kindly consider resolving the issue of residential problems of the ex-employees of the units."
Source: SME Times

Durgapur, 30th April 2015
Industry rebuffs strike call in West Bengal
Industrial units in West Bengal today remained functional despite the general strike called by the Opposition Left parties and the BJP to protest against the alleged violence perpetrated by the ruling Trinamool Congress in the just-concluded civic polls.
The industrial belts of Asansol-Durgapur region and Haldia port town kept their gates open and workers reported for duty to maintain production at the units.
While the Left parties have called the general strike for 12 hours, the BJP has given a call for 10 hours.
Loading and unloading operations at both the Haldia Dock Complex and Kolkata port were normal during the day, which also coincided with the 24-hour transport strike called by Left trade unions led by CITU and supported by INTUC.
Burdwan district magistrate Soumitra Mohan said industries like IISCO, Durgapur Steel Plant and collieries in Asansol and Durgapur areas were functioning normally.
Loading and unloading operations in the collieries were normal, he said.
Nearly 100 per cent attendance was reported in government offices and vehicular flow was also like any other day, he said.
Operations at the information technology (IT) sector at Salt Lake electronics complex and elsewhere were also not affected.
However, banking operations were partially affected as several bank branches and ATMs remained closed.
In the tea gardens of Dooars, Terai and Darjeeling, there had been no disruption in operations.
Source: business-standard

Durgapur, 29th April 2015
Durgapur airport to get off the ground
With the regulatory authority issuing the aerodrome licence last week, a spanking new airport at Andal, near Durgapur, in West Bengal will soon start commercial operations.
Efforts are on to invite a Singapore Minister for the inaugural in May. Singapore’s Changi Airports India Pte. (CAI), a subsidiary of Changi Airports International Pte., has 36 per cent equity in Bengal Airports Projects Ltd. (BAPL), the infrastructure company which has set up Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, an official said.
Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services and three other companies are equity partners.
The BAPL has progressed in its discussions with national air carriers to start flights, its managing director, Partha Ghosh, said.
Source: the hindu

Durgapur, 27th April 2015
Bengal Aerotropolis Projects gets DGCA nod for airport
Pinnacle Air will connect Andal and Cooch Behar with Kolkata, GoAir and Indigo likely to start Delhi-Durgapur flights.
Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) today said that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted the Aerodrome License to its Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNI Airport) in Durgapur-Andal region in West Bengal on April 24, 2015, which is the final approval from the civil aviation authority.
"The country will soon witness the airport operating commercially and improving air connectivity across Bengal and India," a BAPL statement said. The date, however, is yet to be finalised.
While Pinnacle Air will launch non-scheduled operations through small fixed-wing aircraft, connecting the airports of Andal and Cooch Behar in North Bengal with Kolkata four days a week, scheduled airlines GoAir and Indigo are in talks with Bengal Aerotropolis Ltd (BAPL) to commence operations on the Delhi-Durgapur route.
BAPL, however, said, it was in talks with all national carriers. "As and when it materialises, we will update. The name of the airlines and date of operations will be announced shortly," it said.
Apart from sales tax waiver on aviation turbine fuel, BAPL is offering concessions on parking-landing charges and 'seat underwriting', or buying seats to attract fliers. Now, BAPL is banking on the Aerodome License to influence other airline operators.
Having obtained this final approval from the authority of Indian civil aviation, the airport will now become India's first operational private greenfield airport under the country's Greenfield Airport Policy, BAPL said.
The 650-acre airport is the centrepiece of the Rs 10,000 crore aerotropolis project. Partha Ghosh, Managing Director, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited, said, "A special mention is a must for our partners Changi Airports International who have shown utmost confidence in our vision and supported us throughout our journey with their technical expertise." Changi Airports International holds a 36.32 per cent stake in the company.
Source: business-standard

Durgapur, 23rd April 2015
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Plans to Rename 6 Townships
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee plans to rename six townships in the state, officials said.
Of them, Siliguri will be known as Teesta, a major river in North Bengal, and Bolpur as 'Gitabitan', a popular compilation of songs of Rabindranath Tagore.
The twin industrial towns of Asansol-Durgapur will be known as 'Agnibina', a collection of poems by poet Kazi Najrul Islam.
Gajaldoba in Malda district has been rechristened as 'Mukta Tirtha' while Garia near this metropolis will become 'Uttam City', after the late matinee idol Uttam Kumar, the officials said.
Ms Banerjee renamed Kalyani, the township in Nadia district developed during the time of Bidhan Chandra Roy's chief ministership, as 'Samriddhi'.
A seventh satellite township, 'Viswa-Bangla' will come up later near the Eastern Metropolitan By-pass in the city to house government employees, the officials said.
Ms Banerjee had also renamed several stations in metro railway in the city when she was Railway Minister.
Source: NDTV

Durgapur, 19th April 2015
Elope account of girl
The 17- year- old Birbhum girl who had disappeared from an Asansol bus stand in September last year reportedly told the police today that she was not kidnapped but had fled with a youth she loved.
She told the police that she had come in contact with the youth through a missed call on her mobile phone, to which she had responded.
The girl also told the police that she had come to Asansol with her father on September 23 from her village in Birbhum.
" She had given her father the slip by telling him she was going to the toilet. The youth was waiting and they fled together. She told us that she had married the youth and was staying with him in his Jamurai residence since September last year," a police officer said.
The girl was rescued by the police today from near Durgapur station and she was taken to Asansol ( south) police station but the youth fled.
Earlier the girl's father had lodged a missing persons diary at Asansol ( south) police station and also filed a petition at Calcutta High Court.
After failing to find his daughter, the father lodged a missing complaint at Asansol ( south) police station. When the police asked the father whom he suspected, he had named two persons of Kalyanpur in Birbhum, alleging they might have kidnapped his daughter because they used to " tease her regularly". The high court expressed displeasure at the police for its failure to trace the girl and gave the case to the CBI.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, 19th April 2015
A ride with Pawan Hans
The vintage flying club at Behala in the South Western fringes of Kolkata has been given a fresh lease of life with the state-run Pawan Hans Ltd starting its helicopter services.
Initially the services were launched as a joyride over the city but later they were extended for commercial operations also.
Although the ride service for the civilians has currently been discontinued, Pawn Hans' helicopter services will be available on routes such as Durgapur, Balurghat, Malda, Shantiniketan, Haldia and Gangasagar.
The 11-seater helicopter took 45 minutes to reach Durgapur and charged Rs. 1,500 per person to fly one way. If visibility is clear then it is possible to have astonishing glimpses of the surroundings from nearly four thousand feet altitude.
Source: The Hindu

Durgapur, 15th April 2015
Safety exhibition held at DSP, Durgapur
A 2-day safety exhibition was organized inside the plant premises covering the important captive engineering shops like Central Engineering Maintenance, Wagon Rapair Shop and Loco Repair Shop of Durgapur Steel Plant today. P K Singh, CEO, DSP inaugurated the exhibition amidst a large number of officials and employees of the plant. While speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh, CEO, DSP said, "Our topmost priority is safety. Several initiatives are taken throughout the year in DSP to strengthen safety measures and also to propagate and reinforce safety awareness to all people working in the plant. The exhibition highlights innovative safety related activities and also creates better safety awareness". The safety exhibitions are organized in all major shops of DSP throughout the year.
The exhibition displayed various innovations introduced in the machine operations for improved safety of both equipment and people working on it. A safety skit was also presented by the employees, which drew huge applause. (EOIC)
Source: Echo of india

Durgapur, 8th April 2015
Contractor beaten to death for drink protest
A contractor died after a group of youths smashed his head against a wall when he protested their drunken gambling near his house in Durgapur.
Police have arrested one of the four youths. All the accused are unemployed and do odd jobs to eke out a living, the police said, adding that they had been booked earlier for eve- teasing.
Manik Pal, the 45- yearold contractor, was at his house in Natun Pally, home to mostly labourers and masons, as he had fever. In a police complaint, Manik's wife said he came out of his house when the youths started shouting and abusing each other and told them to leave the place.
" He couldn't take it any longer. He wanted to sleep but the shouts of the youths disturbed him. So he went out to confront them. I told him repeatedly that the group was dangerous and could hit him. But he didn't listen to me," said Tarulata, the contractor's wife.
Manik was rushed to Durgapur Sub- divisional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Doctors said he had received injures to his head and had bled from the mouth.
" The four youths had been holding a gambling and drinking session in front of our house since morning. They had been drinking openly under a tree beside a pond. They frequently organise such bouts. My father, who did not go to work because he was a little unwell, came out and protested when the youths started shouting and abusing each other. " First, they started arguing with him, then one of them picked up a brick and hit him on the head. They hit him with sticks and then banged his head against a wall. I couldn't do anything," said Manik's son Nabakanta, a second- year B. Com student in Durgapur.
The youths picked up Manik and threw him into a roadside drain before fleeing, the police said. Residents of Natun Pally said the youths frequently organised such drinking sessions. " We had lodged complaints with the police but such bouts did not stop. We will launch a protest if the culprits are not arrested soon," said Raju Singh, the Trinamul secretary of the local ward.
A police officer said they were looking for the other accused. " We have arrested one and are looking for the others. We raided their homes but they were not there," the officer said.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, 8th April 2015
Salespersons assaulted by youths after being denied fuel for not wearing helmets Rogue bikers attack petrol pump staff
Salespersons at two petrol pumps of Burdwan were allegedly assaulted by bike- born youths after they refused to top up their tanks as they were not wearing helmets.
Burdwan district magistrate Saumitra Mohan had last month ordered petrol pumps not to give fuel to bike riders without helmets and car drivers who have not fastened their seatbelts.
The petrol pump owners alleged that the youths returned and vandalised property. Fuelling stations across the district have threatened to go on a strike in protest against the incident.
On Saturday evening, two bike- borne youths arrived at Jamalpur Service Station in Burdwan Sadar sub- division. Both of them were not wearing helmets and the salesperson refused to give them petrol.
" I told them that we cannot give them fuel as they are not wearing helmets. When they started arguing, I showed them the DM's order. But they pounced on me and pushed me around. My colleagues came to my rescue but the youths fled," said the salesperson who refused to be quoted.
The pump's manager said he called up the police but none turned up. The police denied the allegation. The youths, according to the salesperson, returned last evening and threw stones at the pump and broke some flower pots.
In Asansol, a youth riding a motorcycle arrived at Banerjee and Son's refueling station in Raha Lane around 8am on Sunday. The salesperson, Paresh Hazra, 50, refused to give him petrol as he was not wearing helmet.
" The youth parked his motorbike and started arguing. He then picked up a stone and threw it at the meter and broke the glass," said Hazra.
The youth fled but returned along with three others. They allegedly beat up Hazra and also ransacked the pump's office. " The youths slapped and punched me and also vandalised the manager's room and office. I ran away," Hazra recalled today.
The pump's manager, Banikanta Chand, informed owner Jayanta Sen, who called the police. " The police and the sub- divisional officer advised me to install CCTV cameras at the pump and assured assistance.
Our employees are scared to continue working like this," Sen said. Wearing protective headgear while riding two- wheelers or fastening seat belts while driving cars is mandatory and a violation attracts fines under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
The Burdwan administration has showcaused five petrol pump operators for not obeying the order not to give fuel to people not wearing headgear. District magistrate Mohan said he had asked the police to intensify patrolling at fuel stations and deploy policemen at the two pumps where the salespersons were attacked for the next two weeks.
" It's a new system. It will take some time for people to get used to it. Initially, there could be some stray incidents but there is nothing to worry about. I have asked the police to beef up patrolling at the pumps," the DM said.
The police denied the allegation that they took the complaint lightly. " The police went to the spot immediately after being informed. We are trying to identify the culprits but it is tough as the petrol pump does not have CCTV cameras," said Sanjay Chakraborty, officer in charge of Asansol ( south) police station.
Petrol pump operators in Burdwan have threatened to go on a strike, accusing the police and the district administration of not ensuring security before implementing the DM's order.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, 7th April 2015
Matix Fertilisers to get assured fuel supply from Essar Oil
The woes of Matix Fertilisers and Chemicals, country's first major project based on coal-bed methane gas as fuel, is set to end with assured supplies from Essar Oil's nearby block set to begin in the current quarter.
The assurance from Essar, with whom Matix has a 20-year supply pact, has also prompted the promoter of the project, the Kanodias of the Datamatics group, to speed up the project, with mechanical completion set to end soon and trial production to start in 3-4 months, Kapil Khandelwal, senior VP - commercial of Matix, told dna.
Matix's project at Panagarh in Burdwan district of West Bengal, with capacities to produce ammonia and urea of 1.3 million tonne a year, was initially slated to get commissioned in the first half of 2013, has thus suffered a delay of about two years.
The Kanodias and the Ruias of Essar are related: Nishant Kanodia, son of group head Yogendra Kanodia, is the son-in-law of Ravi Ruia.
"Coal Bed Methane supplies will start this quarter beginning with 1.2 - 1.4 million metric standard cubic meter a day (mmscmd) which would help us produce 1.3 million tonnes of urea per annum. The 20-years contract with Essar is for 2.8 mmscmd, which would be reached as their field ramp up its capacities," Khandelwal said.
The development comes at a time when coal bed methane production in India and its utilisation hasn't seen any encouraging levels.
As per Petroleum & Natural Gas ministry's latest data of March, although the government has so far awarded 33 CBM blocks in four rounds of auctions, there are only three producing block belonging to ONGC, Great Eastern Energy and Essar.
Essar Oil's block in Ranigunj, RG(E)- CBM-2001/1 has entered development phase with production of 0.5 mmscmd, making it the largest CBM producer in the country. In comparison, Great Eastern's Ranigunj South block which has been in production since 2007 is pumping 0.3848 mmscmd while ONGC's output at Jharia in Jharkhand is just 0.007645 mmscmd.
Essar has so far set up 100 wells while an additional 155 wells have been drilled and are at various stages of the hydrofracking-completion-dewatering cycle for further gas production ramp up.
To bring in the CBM gas from Ranigunj to Panagarh, Matix has build a dedicated 30-kilometre pipeline. Smarting under the delays, Matix, however, is not betting on CBM for the second phase of the project.
"The expansion project will be based on natural gas, also which will be transported through Pata-Haldia GAIL pipeline," Khandelwal said.
Source: dna india

Durgapur, 6th April 2015
Essar vows support to Bengal facility
Essar Oil will invest Rs 1,000 crore over the next 12 months to reach a peak production of 3 million standard cubic metres per day (mscmd) of coal bed methane by May next year from Ranigunj in Bengal.
The company today announced it reached half-a-million-tonne gas production and laid down the road map to ramp up output six-fold in a little more than a year.
"We have the environmental and forest clearances, and most importantly, land for drilling wells. The company is on course to drill 370 wells in the next one year," Manish Maheshwari, CEO (exploration & production) of Essar Oil, said.
Essar Oil now operates 100 wells in Ranigunj and is putting the final touches to bring another 155 into production by September. Once completed, the company would be producing 1.2 mscmd gas from the region.
CBM, a source of clean energy, replaces liquid fuel such as diesel or furnace oil. Essar supplies to a host of industries in the Durgapur-Asansol region such as Durgapur Steel Plant, Alloy Steel Plant and Philips Carbon Black.
The cost of gas for customers is $6-6.5 per million British thermal unit, depending on the distance from the well. The price is determined by the government, which allows the company to keep a transportation cost and marketing margin.
Essar will drill another 100 wells for which it has acquired the land. The company needs to secure land for another 20 wells. Essar owns land for wells, gas gathering stations, compressors and boosters, while taking it on lease for a pipeline. After facing backlash over acquisition on some occasions, Essar reworked its strategy to use 40 per cent less land for drilling by taking up a cluster approach.
The company plans to sell half of its peak production to anchor customer Matix Fertilisers which will produce ammonia and urea.
Source: The Telegraph

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