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Durgapur, 27th Oct 2015
DSP blood bank operation suspended
The state health directorate has suspended operation of the blood bank of SAIL's Durgapur Steel Plant Hospital for four days. The step came as a penal measure against the blood bank relating to successive deaths resulting from 'contaminated' blood issued from the blood bank to a number of patients in the months of August and September.
The director, state drug control, Dr Chintamoni Ghosh, in an official communication [No: DCWB/GBB/DSPH- 29-97/2005/4 (08), dated 14 October 2015] notified the matter to the Medical and Health Services, Durgapur Steel Plant.
The order stated: ďAll the activities of the said blood bank are suspended for five days from the date of receipt of this order."Besides,it also cautioned the hospital authority saying that three months' time is granted to rectify the defects mentioned in inspection report dated 6 September 2015.

The drug control authority also has warned the hospital stating: "Operation of blood bank during suspension is a punishable offence as per law." The DSP Hospital's deputy director and in-charge of the blood bank Dr SN Chowdhury said: "We have suspended all blood collection activities and issue of blood units has also been put on hold." He added: "Our blood bank works under the pathology department of the hospital and the licensing authority has asked us to segregate the two sections." Besides, he added: "Some civil construction works have also been started at the hospital to meet the compliance requirements."
The state health services had reacted sharply in the first week of September after four patients died because of transfusion of 'contaminated' blood supplied by the DSP blood bank.
After the after The Statesman exposed the discrepancy on 6 September, on 7 September, a six-member team comprising officials and experts from the state drug control authority led by joint director Dr SN Dey held a night-long inspection of the blood bank and collected blood samples of two batches (Nos:1056 of AB + blood & 1143 of O+ blood) procured from two blood camps organised on 9 August and 15 August respectively.
The blood bank had supplied blood units to 33 patients between 22 August and 6 September, the investigations revealed.
The family members of two victims Pinky Roy and Bachhi Devi Routh had lodged complaint against the hospital authority.
An FIR against the senior officials lodged by Mr Partha Roy, Pinky's husband, brought charges of negligence causing death and not holding examination before transfusion (under section 304 of the IPC and sections 3 & 4 of the Clinical Establishment Act'2010). The FIR was registered with the local police.
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 30th Sept 2015
CITU Wins DSP Union Recognisation election
CPI(M)'s labour wing CITU affiliated HSEU (Hindustan Steel Employees Union) won the union recognition election in Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) beating its nearest rival DSPMU (Durgapur Steel Plant Mazdoor Union), affiliated under INTTUC, the labour wing of TMC. The union recognition election in DSP was held yesterday amidst tight security. The voting percentage was as high as 93.38%.

Durgapur, 26th Sept 2015
CM wants Andal airport at par with Jammu
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded that Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal near Durgapur be clubbed with airports in the North-East, Andaman & Nicobar, Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshdweep where it is mandatory for Indian carriers to operate flights. The civil aviation minister has promised to evaluate the proposal favourably.
At the meeting between Mamata and civil aviation minister Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju on Thursday, the CM pressed for Category II status for the airport as per the route dispersal guidelines issued by the civil aviation ministry in 1994. The norm requires scheduled operators like IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet and Go Air to mandatorily assign 10% of capacity on trunk routes to these airports in 'backward' regions. That means, if an airline operates 10 flights between metro cities, it has to fly one aircraft to a Category II airport.
According to government sources, Mamata had first lobbied for this during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi earlier this year. Thursday's meeting with the civil aviation minister was the perfect opportunity to reiterate the demand and she went the whole hog, pointing out that the backward districts of Bengal like Bankura, Purulia and Birbhum were in the airport's catchment area. It is also a gateway to Jangalmahal, a region that was troubled by Maoists and requires development booster shots.
Mamata also pointed out that two famous Jain pilgrimage sites - Samosharan temple and Bhomiyaji Asthan - are also located near Dhanbad that the airport serves. Lakhs of devotees visit the twin temples each year.
Making the pitch for the airport even stronger, the chief minister told Raju that being located in Durgapur-Asansol- Dhanbad-Bokaro industrial belt, viability would not be an issue. "The Category II status is required to act as a catalyst and get flights into the airport," she said.
Mamata has also urged Raju to introduce a policy on such greenfield airports and how the Centre could promote it in the initial years to ensure their viability.
Source: Times of India

Durgapur, 18th Sept 2015
One killed in blast in Durgapur, West Bengal
A man was killed and two others injured on Thursday in a bomb blast inside a electrical repair shop in Durgapur of West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said.
"One man has been killed and two others received some injuries. Prime facie it appears to be a crude bomb explosion," said Commissioner of Police, (Asansol-Durgapur), Ajay Kumar Nand.
The owner of the shop has been arrested.
While people initially presumed the explosion to be the compressor of a refrigerator bursting, police upon inspection found shrapnel and recovered two more container shaped bombs.
"The two bombs have been defused and samples sent for forensic testing. As of now, it seems they are not IEDs as there was no trigger mechanism in them. We are probing the matter and awaiting the forensic test reports," added Nand.
The man who died has been identified as Pappu Ram, 35. A forensic team is slated to visit the site on Friday.

Durgapur, 10th Sept 2015
US companies may partners with West Bengal for smart cities
With four smart cities coming up in Bengal, US based multinationals like HP, Cisco and Otis have shown interest in partnering with the state. According to sources, these companies are actively looking into technological collaboration with the state government agencies to get the proposed smart cities rolling.
The state government, which had organized a roadshow at New Delhi to attract investment and technological partners for the proposed smart cities, met the multinationals on Monday at a meeting there. According to sources, a number of US based firms including HP, Cisco, Otis, 3M have shown interested in investing in the four proposed smart city projects in the state. One of the multinational has shown interest in the proposed smart city projects in Durgapur and Haldia as they already have a base there.
Two officials of the US department of treasury had already been to Kolkata to discuss the state's plans on developing smart cities. West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is also working with representatives of Future Cities Catapult (FCC), a UK based urban planning agency to chalk out how smart cities could be developed. Bengal has signed an MOU with FCC in London during chief minister Mamata Banerjee's visit.
"Basically all of them want to contribute with smart technology and smart solutions towards making the cities smart. Later some may buy equity stake in a special purpose vehicle to fund the projects," an official with the urban development department. The four cities selected by the state government and now included in the Centre's list for smart cities are Salt Lake, New Town, Haldia and Durgapur.
"We are working on plans and talking with a number of organizations to develop the smart cities," said state urban development secretary and Hidco chairman cum managing director Debashis Sen. The state is developing theme based cities in areas like Baruipur, Kalyani, Asansol, Siliguri, Dumurjola and Shantiniketan. It has already interacted with chambers of commerce like BCCI and FICCI to act as advisors for these theme based township projects.
According to government sources, FICCI has shown interest in partnerinrng for the proposed theme city project on 127 acres in Shantiniketan. The state government has already floated the request for proposals for preparation of the smart city at Bidhannagar. At Asansol, the industry-themed city is likely to be promoted in association with the CII, while the Baruipur senior citizen-themed city will be promoted in association with the CREDAI, Bengal. Two other cities would include a culture-themed city at Shantiniketan and a sports-themed city at Dumurjola that will also be promoted by the chambers of commerce.
"We are getting a lot of response from IT majors like TCS, Infosys and Cisco apart from leading realtors to partner with the theme based city at Kalyani. While BCCI's role is limited to conceptualization and facilitation, we are also keen to partner with other city projects," said Ambarish Dasgupta, president designate of BCCI.
Meanwhile the state government is also inviting bids for the cities till September 21. For the six theme based townships, a total of 447 acres of land has been identified across the state in Kalyani, Bolpur, Dabgram, Asansol, Dumurjala and Baruipur. The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is the nodal agency for the township projects as the development authorities like KMDA, SJDA, ADDA and others will be assisting Hidco.
Source: Times Of India

Durgapur, 7th Sept 2015
Three die in Durgapur hospital after blood transfusion
In the last few days, three patients, who were admitted to Durgapur Ispat Main Hospital in Burdwan with various problems, died after receiving a blood transfusion. In all three cases, the blood was supplied by the hospital's blood bank and the patients' condition deteriorated after the transfusion.
They were shifted to a private facility where they died. The post-mortem report of one patient concluded that she had gone into septic shock following the transfusion.
The hospital director has set up a three-member inquiry committee to probe the deaths. Sources said the blood given was probably contaminated. So far, none of the three patients' families have lodged any written complaint with the health department.
Of the deceased is Bachhi Devi (55), a resident of Durgapur's B-zone, who was admitted to the Durgapur Ispat hospital with pain in her abdomen. After the doctors examined her, they concluded that she was anaemic. She was given a blood transfusion, with the hospital's blood bank supplying the blood. Soon, her condition began deteriorating and her family shifted her to the Durgapur mission hospital where she died.
Bachhi Devi was admitted to the mission hospital last Wednesday on September 02, around 8:48pm and died around 1:45pm on September 03. The postmortem report says that she went into septic shock after her body reacted to the blood transfusion.
Meanwhile, as the news of the deaths of Bachhi and two others spread, the families of other patients started alleging that the hospital's blood bank was supplying contaminated blood. They also accused the hospital of gross negligence, prompting it to set up the probe committee.
After the deaths, the West Bengal blood safety team from Swastha Bhavan and a central team are on their way to the Ispat hospital to enquire into the matter. Dr AK Sing, director (medical and health service), Durgapur Steel Plant, has asked the officials concerned to find out what happened and whether there was any contamination.
On Sunday, the hospital director conducted a meeting with the officials concerned and set up an internal inquiry committee to probe the matter.
SN Chowdhury, the in-charge of the blood bank at Durgapur Ispat hospital, told HT that the director of the hospital has set up a three-member inquiry team to probe the matter. He added that two high-level teams - one from the Centre and one from the state - were on their way to the hospital.
Source: Hindustan Times

Durgapur, 2nd Sept. 2015
Durgapur Airport in Bad Weather
Barely three months after Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport near Durgapur in West Bengal took off to a glittering start, India's first private greenfield airport is in jeopardy. Now, the airport wears a deserted look. A few CISF staff are guarding the airport, a lone Air India ticket counter is open, an ATM that's shut, and there's not a single car that's parked at the parking lot.
The lack of passengers has led to carriers shutting down services, bringing down the overall operations at the airport, and now, the promoters are banking on real estate to return on track.
"Our realty business will cross-subsidise our airport business," a spokesman for Bengal Aerotropolis Projects said.
Bengal Aerotropolis Projects is a special purpose vehicle formed to build the airport and other infrastructure at Andal near Durgapur. It is being developed by Singapore's Changi Airports International, which also owns a stake in the venture.
The aerotropolis project was conceived in 2006. A new airport was to be developed on an old airfield used by the US Armed Air Forces during the second World War.
In 2007, the Centre and the West Bengal state government announced plans to redevelop the airport on a 650-acre land. The plan also included building an industrial park, a logistics hub, an infotech park and a supporting township-all just 15 kilometers from the industrial town of Durgapur-spread over another 1650 acres, with a total investment of Rs 12,000 core.
The airport, with a 5,750 sq metre terminal, has the facility to handle narrow-body aircraft such as Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737. It has the capacity to handle about one million passengers per year.
On May 11 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first passenger to fly out of the new private airport and a week later the airport launched its commercial operations with three carriers - Air India, Pinnacle Air and Spirit Airways.
While Air India started a Kolkata-Andal (Durgapur) daily flight for Rs 2,500 with a 42-seater ATR, Pinnacle started a non-schedule operations between Kolkata and Coochbehar, touching Andal and Bagdogra. Spirit Airways started unscheduled operations between Kolkata and Patna, touching Andal.
Within two months of operations, Spirit and Pinnacle pulled out their flights.
Partha Ghosh, managing director of Bengal Aerotropolis Projects, said he has been negotiating with GoAir and Indigo to operate flights between Andal-Kolkata and Delhi. But the negotiations haven't gone through as yet.
GoAir and Indigo have no immediate plans to connect Durgapur, according to people with knowledge of the development. Air India, the only operator now, has cut its number of days it flies to this airport by half. It now flies three-days a week to Durgapur compared to six days a week when it began flying to this small airport.
Average occupancy was below 15 seats a flight and so the interest of touching Andal dried up despite the West Bengal government's offer of a sales tax waiver on aviation turbine fuel and the airport operator handing out discounts on landing and parking charges to the airlines. Ghosh said the occupancy rate was around 30-35% but a sustained operation could have increased it. Air India is continuing its operations since Bengal Aerotropolis is providing it viability gap funding to make up for the losses, a spokesman for Air India said.
"Small non-metro airport projects in India are generally non-viable if there is no non-aeronautical revenue. Small airports need to have at least 15-20 flights a day to make operations viable," another official at Bengal Aerotropolis said.
A quick turnaround of operations at the Durgapur airport is crucial for Bengal Aerotropolis, and more importantly for India, to attract investments in such large infrastructure projects. The Union ministry of civil aviation has identified about 50 locations for such smaller airports to be given to private firms for development.
Now, Bengal Aerotropolis is banking on the vast land bank it got as part of the project to ensure that the airport project succeeds. It has started leasing out land-parcels for private real estate development.
"The airport building has exponentially increased land price at the project site," said Lakshmi Ghoshal, one of the developers who had leased land from Bengal Aerotropolis.
Still, Ghosh is hopeful on reviving the airport operations and run it as a standalone operations without any cross-subsidy from its aerocity projects. He is betting on attracting people from nearby industrial towns such as Durgapur, Asansol, Dhanbad and Bokaro- known for their steel industry, coal mining and power production-to use the airport. "There are initial hiccups in a business.
A business will have to be given its due time for commercial success," says Ghosh
Source:financial express

Durgapur, 1st Sept 2015
PK Singh shortlisted as SAIL's new chairman
PK Singh, CEO, Durgapur Steel Plant has been shortlisted as the new chairman of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL). His name was recommended for the post by Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) at the end of the deadline of the selection process on Monday.
The final appointment will, however, be subject to approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
The chairman's post at SAIL fell vacant with the exit of the earlier incumbent, CS Verma, in June at at the end of his five year term at the helm. He relinquished charge on June 10, 2015 as the government did not extend his tenure, though, he was eligible for an extension till he attained the superannuation age of 60 years in September 2019.
The position of SAIL chairman one of the highest profile corporate appointments within public sector companies, had attracted nearly a dozenodd candidates. Also in the fray, alongwith Singh were AK Chaudhary , director ( finance), SAIL, Kalyan Maity , Director (Raw Materials), SAIL and SK Saha, Executive Director, SAIL. Others include, Malay Chatterjee, Chairman and MD of KIOCL, NK Nanda, Director Technical NMDC, MS Rana, CMD , Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCL) Jaiveer Srivastava, CMD, Fertil izers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT), Anupam Anand, Director (Personnel) Hindustan Copper Ltd, and RP Singh Director (Personnel), PGCIL, P K Mukhopadhyay , Member Secretary , DVC and Rashmi Goel, IRAS, MOR.
Steel secretary Rakesh Singh has been officiating as chairman of SAIL since Verma's exit. According to a steel ministry order, he was entrusted with the additional charge for three months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent to the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier. SAIL, a maharatna company under the Union ministry of steel and mines, is one of the country's largest steel companies. It operates five integrated steel plants and two special steel plants.

Durgapur, 29th August 2015
Man Tries to Dispose Off Bags Containing Dismembered Bodies, Arrested
A man was today caught throwing two bags allegedly containing body parts of a woman and her six-year-old daughter into the Ganga.
The man identified as Samaresh Sarkar was caught by his co-passengers in a ferry as he was throwing two trolley bags, which, he told police, contained body parts of a woman, with whom he was allegedly in an illicit relation, and her daughter.
Hoogly SP Praveen Tripathi said Sarkar, the branch manager of PSU bank in Durgapur, was arrested after his co-passengers, suspecting something foul, handed him to the police in Sheoraphuli.
One trolley bag, containing the lower body parts of a woman, was later fished out of the river by a diver pressed into service by the police, he said.
SP Tripathi said Sarkar told the police that Sucheta Chakraborty, a 34-year-old housewife with whom he was in an illicit relationship, had been pressurising him to marry her and would often take money from him.
Sarkar, however, was married and his family stayed at Titagarh near Barrackpore.
When he visited Sucheta at her flat in a housing colony in Durgapur yesterday, where she lived with her daughter after having separated from her husband, they had a heated argument following which she flew into a rage and strangled her daughter Dipanjana to death in front of him, Sarkar alleged.
Sucheta had then stormed into the adjoining room and committed suicide, he claimed.
As he did not want people to know of the incident, Sarkar claimed that he had cut up the two bodies with a sharp weapon, stuffed them in three trolley bags and reached Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district this morning in a hired car.
SP Tripathi said Sarkar had then boarded a ferry from Barrackpore for Sheoraphuli in Hoogly district on the other side of the river, but could not dispose of the bags.
He had returned to Barrackpore by another ferry and it was during the return trip that he threw the bags mid-river and was caught by co-passengers and handed over to police.
The SP said the incident is being investigated and a police team has been sent to Durgapur.

Durgapur, 27th August 2015
Durgapur in list of 98 named for Smart City project
The Centre on Thursday named 98 cities for the Narendra Modi government's flagship Smart Cities project, with Uttar Pradesh bagging the most.
The names of the cities selected for the Rs 48,000 crore Smart Cities project was released by the Centre pending a nomination each from Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
West Bengal has got four: New Town Kolkata, Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia. (Full list:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ambitious project with announcement of criteria and guidelines for 100 Smart Cities to be selected through city challenge competition. The smart cities are supposed to be ready by 2022.
While Jammu & Kashmir has to nominate one city, UP has got slots for 13 cities to be proposed as Smart City based on the urban population and number of notified cities.
"The Government of Jammu & Kashmir sought more time to firm up their choice. More information is sought from the Uttar Pradesh government about the 13th smart city that is yet to be announced," Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said here after releasing the list here.
According to ministry sources, Jammu & Kashmir wants both Jammu and Srinagar to be developed as Smart Cities though the state has got only one slot in the project.
Meerut and Rae Bareli have got equal points for the 13th slot in the city challenge competition in UP so now the state has to decide whom it wants to nominate, sources added.
Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Bareilly, Aligarh, Jhansi, Sharanpur are among 12 cities selected in UP for the Smart City project.
However, Patna and Bangalore and Mumbai are not in the list.
"It is the states which has sent the names of the cities to be included in the project. Names of Patna and Bangalore were not proposed by their respective states. As far as Mumbai is concerned, Maharashtra has proposed Mavi Mumbai for that purpose," Naidu said.
While UP has maximum of 13 cities, followed by 12 by Tamil Nadu and 10 by Maharashtra to be developed as Smart Cities, Madhya Pradesh has seven cities in the project.
Karnataka and Gujarat have six cities each while Bihar and Andhra has three each and rest of the states have two and one cities respectively in the project.
All Union Territories, including Delhi, have found place in the list.
Moradabad, Solapur, Amritsar, Rourkela, Durgapur and Ajmer also figure in the list of 98 cities.
The next stage is the choosing 20 cities in the first lot by end of the year and the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving Central funding of Rs 500 crore spread over five years.
Naidu said "The first stage of competition was entirely conducted by the States and UTs only with little role for the Union Urban Development Ministry."
Centre will release Rs 2 crore for each of the 98 cities in the next couple of days for preparation of Smart City plans.
Our ministry has drawn up region wise panels of reputed agencies for assisting the cities to prepare Smart City plans, he said.
For the selection of 20 cities, the broad criteria will be city vision and strategy, cost effectiveness, credibility of implementation and innovation.
Naidu said those cities not selected in the first round can again participate in the second and third round by improving their performances.
Source: telegraphindia

Durgapur, 13th August 2015
Why were over 8,000 trees chopped in Durgapur, NGT wants to know
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Eastern zone bench, on Thursday, wanted to know from state authorities why a decision was taken to chop down over 8,000 full grown trees on a green verge in Durgapur. The NGT also passed an interim order, directing that no further degradation of ambient air quality in Durgapur should be allowed till further orders.
A green patch was created in Durgapur several years ago as a buffer between the industrial and residential zones. It came to be known recently that the state government granted permission to the West Bengal Wasteland Management Corporation Ltd to chop down 8,275 trees in this green patch. The Asansol Durgapur Development Authority was apparently not aware of this. The logic given was that 'more eco-friendly' trees would replace the 'less eco-friendly' ones.
Environment activist Subhas Datta then moved a petition in the NGT which was admitted.
"In my petition, I submitted that I am not aware of what 'more eco-friendly' trees are. Among the trees felled are Neem and Maha Neem trees. I wonder how such trees can be called 'less eco-friendly'. Neem trees not only purify the air but also have medicinal values. I also pointed out that if saplings are planted in place of the full grown trees, the effects would start being felt after 10-15 years. This mismatch can't be made up. I also prayed that the authorities be asked to submit who conducted the study on the eco-friendliness of the trees. Under a rule that came into effect in 2006, it is for the government to grant permission to any agency to fell trees after considering all aspects," Datta said.
According to experts Neem is extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani, Homoeopathic as well as modern medicine. The Neem tree contains more than 100 bioactive ingredients. The most important bioactive compound is Azadirichtin. Maha Neem or Persian Lilac is a native to the upper Burma region. It's inner bark contains a resinous alkaloid substance that is used as an anthelmintic. Scientific studies have reported the analgesic, anticancer, antiviral, antimalarial, antibacterial and antifungal activity of this plant.
The bench noted that Durgapur is one of the 24 most critically-polluted cities in the country and passed the interim order.
Source: timesofindia

Durgapur, 12th August 2015
Accused councilor finally granted bail
Trinamul Congress councillor Heeralal Bauri was finally granted bail by the ACJM Court here on Tuesday from where he had walked out with his lawyer yesterday after the Court did not grant him bail.
The ACJM Court, Durgapur, had issued a proclamation order against Bauri, a councillor with the Durgapur Municipal Corporation on 23 July asking him to surrender before the Court by 4 September or face the legal consequence of seizure of his property.
The proclamation was ordered under section 87 CrPC, that provides for issue of warrant in lieu of, or in addition to summons by a Court in which it is empowered by the Code to issue summons against the persons when the Court sees reasons to believe that the absconder will not obey summons.
Bauri was accused of causing assault to a civil contractor Taraknath Bagdi and his nephew Saikat Mondal on 4 June when they refused to pay extortion money demanded by the councillor and his aide.
Charges of voluntarily causing grievous hurt, extortion, property damage and criminal intimidation (under sections 323, 325, 341, 384, 506 of IPC) were brought against him.
Bauri remained at large since the day the FIR was registered against him. Yesterday, he had voluntarily appeared before the ACJM Court where his lawyer Debabrata Sain (In-Charge) pleaded that 'some urgent papers' relating to the case was yet to be prepared and his client should be allowed to appear before the Court the next day.
The ACJM (In-Charge), Aditya Gunjan however didn't allow his bail, but neither did he ask the policemen present in the Courtroom to take Bauri into custody.
Today, Bauri further appeared before the ACJM Court,Durgapur, where the complainant Bagdi and his nephew also appeared and filed an affidavit stating that he had no grievance against Bauri.
The ACJM, Durgapur, Sudhansu Sil asked the petitioner whether he would have any objection if bail is granted in favour of the accused.
The bail in favour of Bauri was granted immediately after the petitioner told the Court that the dispute between them had been mutually settled and that he would have no objection against the bail move. The accused was released on bail against Rs 2,000 personal bail bond.
Apart from this the Court directed the accused to register attendance at Durgapur police station once in a week.
Source: thestatesman

Durgapur, 10th August 2015
Durgapur along with Salt Lake, New Town in smart city race
The state government has proposed names of four municipality areas - Salt Lake, New Town, Haldia and Durgapur - which may come under the Centre's 'Smart City' scheme in which 100 cities across the nation will be developed as smart cities.
State urban development department had last week sent a proposal to the Union ministry urging it to include the four selected areas in its 'Smart City' plan. Once included, the state will receive central funds to develop these places as smart cities. These four areas were picked up from 59 municipalities after the Centre said only four municipalities from Bengal would be able to join the 'Smart City' scheme. A state-level high power committee was set up under the chief secretary that also comprised KMC mayor and several administrative department principal secretaries to look into the selection process.
The municipalities were asked to prepare a report describing the civic infrastructure they have now and how much infrastructural facilities they would be able to provide if they were named smart cities.
Based on the reports, the state officials gave marks based on which Salt Lake, New Town, Durgapur and Haldia were selected. "The proposal for including the four municipality areas has been sent to the Centre for consideration," said a senior government official.
During the recent London trip, senior government officials visited a number of places in London, including the office of 'Transport for London', to receive tips on how smart transport system in the state can be developed.
Salt Lake, New Town, Durgapur and Haldia have been selected for the central scheme.
Source: timesofindia

Durgapur, 9th August 2015
Durgapur, the former industrial hub in West Bengal is devoid of any industry
In the '70s and '80s, Durgapur, an industrial and business hub in West Bengal, had a number of companies including large MNCs, PSUs, small and medium enterprises with heavy investments in different infrastructure sectors. While many were making profits, others were showing signs of floundering. In some cases, the PSU's investment decision was not based on market realities. Hence, the growth that was expected did not happen. The business plan that these companies were following back then, and the long and short term vision that they had for their businesses, provides many a lesson in survival for businesses even after a few decades.
An example is Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC), a heavy machinery manufacturing PSU set up 1965 with Soviet help and technology. The company has been in the red since 1992, with hopes for revival looking bleak. Like many other PSUs and even private players in the region in those days, MAMC was heavily dependent on the government for business. Such companies did not plan any big diversification for the future. As large infrastructure businesses stagnated, such companies dependent only on big government projects could not keep their head above water.
In the case of units such as MAMC, that they were set up with Soviet technological know-how, there was another problem. Often machines and processes became obsolete and there were no back-up plans in place for modernisation or indigenisation. In industrial hubs such as Durgapur, when a company shuts down, the collateral damage is evident among the employees and their families. While such townships are assets of the sick unit, they very often lie locked in and cannot be utilised for any revival plans.
The dilapidated MAMC township - Viswakarma Nagar - now bears testimony to a failed business and antiquated business plan. Some of the employees still live in the houses provided to them by the company many years back, having lost all hope of it reopening after almost 20 years.
Many other large units in Durgapur - both in the private and public sector - suffered from complacency with the management not remaining agile and willing to change with the times. Innovation in terms of renewed market focus, products, services, HR practices and use of technology was missing. And unfortunately most of them were either forced to down their shutters or went into the red.
Source: economictimes

Durgapur, 8th August 2015
14,000 more weekly flights likely by October
Indian domestic carriers have sought permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to operate around 14,000 weekly flights in the winter schedule beginning October this year.
Once approved, this would amount to a 13.5% jump in the number of weekly flights compared to the winter schedule of the previous year. The winter schedule commences from the last Sunday of October while the summer schedule starts from the last Sunday of March.
"A total of 12,533 flights were operated in the present summer schedule. Domestic airlines had operated 12,305 flights a week last winter,"a senior DGCA official said.
"Operations in winters, especially in the North, are badly affected by foggy weather. DGCA will have to ensure that airlines and airports are well prepared before granting approval," said aviation expert Subhash Goyal.
Durgapur airport in West Bengal and Kadapa airport in Andhra Pradesh are the two airports that will be added during the winter schedule.
Source: hindustantimes

Durgapur, 3rd August 2015
Floods in West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee says situation 'beyond control'
While dark clouds hovered over the state and intermittent rains lashed different areas, the authorities' immediate worry was heavy discharge of water from reservoirs, both in Bengal and Jharkhand. The Durgapur barrage in Bengal was scheduled to release about 65,000 cusecs of water on Sunday, with authorities warning that the release may go up to 90,000 cusecs.
There were scores of other dams releasing water simultaneously like Tilpara, Hinglo, Kangshabati, Massanjore, Maithon and Galudi in Jharkhand. The rivers in these areas like Subarnerekha , Kangshabati, Damodar were swollen and the reservoirs full.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had often described floods during the Left regime as "man made" because it was caused largely due to release of water from dams, regretted that her government was watching vast areas getting submerged as water was being released from dams.
Speaking to mediapersons at Nabanna on Sunday, Mamata said: "In the last four years, there has been no flood like this. So far, we have witnessed man-made floods and we have restricted them quite successfully. But the situation at present is rendered beyond control." The CM, who reviewed the flood situation at Nabanna with senior officials - including the chief secretary, DGP, IG (Law and Order), IG (Police) and disaster management secretary - added that the water retention capacity of some dams had been reduced as their condition was not good. Advising the people in vulnerable areas to take shelter in relief camps to avoid "untoward incidents", Mamata said: "I know that it is difficult to stay out of home, but life is priority. So, you must stay in relief camps for two to three days. Yesterday, I had said that there was 61 per cent excess rainfall. Today, it's 70 per cent." Due to water being released from the dams, over 210 blocks in several districts across the state were inundated.
Holding the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) responsible for releasing excess water resulting in floods in the state, Mamata said: "DVC is doing business. We love them but that does not mean they will submerge Bengal. Two years ago, we had written to the Centre that more than two lakh cusecs of water can be reserved in DVC reservoir only if dredging is done. I will again write to them." Mamata has also cancelled her visit to North Bengal from August 4 to 7. She is expected to stay in Kolkata to monitor rescue and relief operations. In Purbasthali in Burdwan, the Army had to be called in as roads were submerged and thousands of villages were marooned. Speedboats were pressed in to service to ferry people to relief camps. The NDRF teams were also sent to different areas in Ghatal, Moyna, Panskura, Udainarayanpur, Amta areas in Midnapore, Hooghly and Howrah districts. Large parts of Singur were inundated as rivers in the area breached the banks and flooded human settlements. The Alipore Weather Office said that the monsoon was active and simultaneously the deep depression was causing heavy to very heavy rainfalls in Gangetic West Bengal.
Source: indianexpress

Durgapur, 17th July 2015
FCI staff on absorption roll
After almost 40 years of serving a nationalized company, nearly three dozens of casual workers with the Food Corporation of India are being awarded absorption on the roll, which could be possible following a Supreme Court of India judgment.
The Assistant General Manager, at FCI's Kolkata regional office on 15 July has started issuing offer letters to the labourers struggling since 1976. T P Kuttan, AGM (P)'s communication stated that the labourers would be getting arrear benefits from 9 June 1999. Ten of the beneficiaries', meanwhile, have died.
FCI set up in 1964 aiming to fulfill the objectives of Centre's food policy matters linked with distribution of food-grains throughout the country for public distribution through effective price support and by ensuring national food security.
In 1976, the Durgapur warehouse of the FCI had engaged 49 wage labourers to help loading-unloading from the lorries. After serving the company for 18 years, the labourers, in 1994 placed demand for absorption on the roll.
The Central Labour Commissioner's office in New Delhi directed the matter to be heard at the State Industrial Labour Tribunal in Asansol. The Tribunal, on 9 June 1999 ordered the FCI to help immediate absorption of the workers on the roll.
This further was ratified by the Calcutta High Court's Single Bench and the labourers were given casual labour status, which however was quashed by the Division Bench of the CHC. In 2009, the entire labourers were retrenched.
The Inttuc affiliated 'Durgapur Casual Worker's Union' further moved the matter to Supreme Court. The FCI authority, after a tripartite meeting in presence of DM, Burdwan, meanwhile had agreed to absorb the retrenched labourers as casual workers.
The Supreme Court's Single Bench on 12 December 2014 delivered a verdict asking the FCI to honour the labourers rewarding the status as 'full time' workers with retrospective financial and statutory benefits.
Biswanath Parial, president of the casual labourer's union said: "The long time battle of the labourers though ended with a joy but we have lost 10 of our co-strugglers by the time. Thirty four labourers would be getting the benefit now."
He said: "The struggling workers would be getting cash benefits worth around Rs.40 lakhs individually and this is going to set an example in this industrial zone." Amit Tiwari, Area Manager, FCI in Durgapur said: "The absorptions are made following the SC verdict."
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 16th July 2015
Matix set to put Bengal back on country's fertiliser map
After two decades, West Bengal will be back on the country's fertiliser map next week with Matix Fertilisers and Chemicals planning to fire the boiler of its urea facility at Panagarh, near Durgapur.
The State stopped producing fertiliser in 1997, when shutters were pulled down on the naphtha-based Durgapur facility of Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation. Promoted by the Kanodias of the Datamatics group, Matix's 1.3 million tonne urea plant was idling for last two years for want of gas, leading to a cost overrun from the originally estimated Rs 5,000 crore.
Firing a boiler marks the beginning of the commissioning process, which usually takes a little more than three months. According to sources in Matix, production should start in the third quarter of this fiscal.
Source: the hindu businessline

Durgapur, 2nd July 2015
Durgapur Steel CEO gets additional charge as IISCO CEO
Prakash Kumar Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Durgapur Steel Plant took over additional charge of CEO of IISCO Steel Plant on July 1, 2015 in addition to his existing responsibility.
An engineering graduate from IIT,Roorkee, Singh joined SAIL in 1980 at Bokaro Steel Plant and began his career at the Blast furnace Dept. Since 1989, he has served at Burnpur as a part of the Core Group formed for prospective modernization of IISCO, Burnpur. In 2001 he was transferred to Durgapur as DGM where he stuck to Blast Furnace department.
In 2008, Singh was back at Burnpur as General Manager(Iron). Next year he was transferred to Bokaro but only to come back to Burnpur for his third stint in May 2011 on promotion as ED(Works). After a brief stint as ED (Works) at Bokaro Steel Limited and Durgapur Steel Plant he took over as CEO of DSP on May 1, 2012 and has been at the helm of affairs at DSP for the last three years.
Source: economictimes

Durgapur, 28th June 2015
Industry roads cry for repair - Factory owners write to chief minister seeking intervention
A factory owners' association has written to the chief minister urging her to order the construction of concrete roads in a small industrial zone in Durgapur where Amit Mitra had promised improvement of infrastructure two weeks ago.
Members of the Durgapur Small Scale Industries Association said the move followed repeated requests to the Asansol-Durgapur Development Authority and the Durgapur Municipal Corporation, which collects toll from the factory owners for using the road.
"We had to write to the chief minister requesting her to order the re-laying of roads. The roads were constructed decades ago and have not been repaired for the past two years. We pay between Rs 60 and Rs 80 a truck as toll to the local civic body daily. Rain has made the situation worse. The potholes that dot the stretches are water-logged in the monsoon, making the roads virtually unusable," said Kripal Singh, the president of the factory owners' association.
Sources said around 500 trucks use the network of roads daily to carry raw materials or finished products to and from the factories. The Telegraph had in August last year reported that the puddles on the stretches had become home to ducks, which were seen swimming in them.
The industrial zone houses around 100 factories, each having made an investment of Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore. Most of the factories came up during the seventies and are ancillary units of the Durgapur Steel Plant, Alloy Steel Plant and IISCO.
The request to Mamata Banerjee by the factory owners comes in the wake of finance minister Mitra promising to develop infrastructure in the industrial zones of Asansol and Durgapur.
At a meeting with businessmen two weeks ago in Asansol, Mitra had said: "Our chief minister is very keen to upgrade infrastructure in the industrial zones to attract investment to Bengal. We have decided to upgrade the infrastructure in Asansol and Durgapur, including roads."
The minister had assigned the responsibility of improving the infrastructure to ADDA.
ADDA chief executive officer Sumit Gupta said the government body was preparing a detailed project report (DPR) on the condition of roads.
The officer added that the DPR would be submitted to the urban development department for sanction of funds. He said the process would "take some time", without elaborating on the period.
"The municipal corporation should undertake the repairs till then. After all, they collect toll from the vehicles," Gupta said.
Municipal authorities pleaded helplessness, saying it was not possible for the civic body alone to undertake the repairs. "The ADDA should join hands with us," said Prabhat Chatterjee, member mayor-in-council.
Source: The Telegraph

Durgapur, 25th June 2015
Bar ransacked over song dispute. Posters at Durgapur multiplex torn
Two groups of drunken youths ransacked a bar and restaurant at a mall in the heart of Durgapur town last night and beat up bouncers and waiters following an argument over whose request a singer would listen first.
The youths then came out of Pavilion Lounge Bar and Restaurant, the only watering hole in Durgapur, at the Dreamplex shopping mall in City Centre around 10.30pm and tore off movie posters at the ticket counter of the multiplex.
They also damaged an LCD television and broke the glass casings of the posters.
They overturned flowerpots and beat up the security guard of the multiplex - Cineplex.
People who had come to see Jurassic World, which was to begin at 10.40pm, panicked and ran helter- skelter.
" Five persons who had already bought tickets and were waiting in the lounge rushed into the theatre. Those standing in the queue to buy tickets fled. We too got scared," said an employee of the multiplex who requested anonymity.
Just five persons saw the movie, which started late because of the ruckus.
The rampage continued till police arrived around 11pm and chased the youths away.
The police rounded up 15 people who were drinking at the bar and the seven female singers of the facility. They were later released.
The youths who vandalised the bar escaped. Later, the police arrested one of them - Mrinal Kanti Dutta.
The police said the two groups of youths had separately requested a singer to sing songs of their choice.
" The singer had assured them that she would keep the requests of both groups but the youths got involved in an argument over whose wish would be granted first. The arguments snowballed into a clash in which both groups hurled glasses and beer bottles at each other," a police officer said.
Local DYFI activists today submitted a memorandum to the sub- divisional officer of Durgapur, Kasturi Sengupta, accusing the management of running " immoral activities" at the bar.
" The bar authorities allow indecent dance by female singers in objectionable dresses, which is against the culture and tradition of Durgapur.
We will not allow the bar to carry on with such immoral activities here," said Subhajit Roy, a DYFI activist.
Women Trinamul Congress activists had last year staged a demonstration outside the bar, accusing the management of running a sex racket and forcing female singers to wear objectionable dresses.
Some residents staying at the upscale housing complex adjacent to the shopping mall also alleged that " skimpily clad" women performed at the bar.
" We often go to see movies at the theatre at night but feel unsafe as the lounge is always packed with drunken youths.
They smoke in the lounge too," said a resident of Kanakangyan Residency.
A senior police officer in Calcutta said singing was legal in hotels and bar- cumrestaurants in Bengal but no dancing was allowed. Special permission is granted for dances at hotels and bar- cumrestaurants during Christmas and New Year festivals by the police.
The additional deputy commissioner of police ( east), Amitabha Maity, said the police had received complaints about the dance performances at the Durgapur bar.
" We have sought CCTV video footage from the bar authorities to check if dance performances are held at the bar," Maity said.
Jagjit Singh, the owner of Pavilion Lounge Bar and Restaurant, denied allegations that dancing took place at the bar. " Yesterday, some youths got involved in a brawl at the bar. We don't hold dance performances at the bar," he said.
The Telegraph, however, is in possession of video footage of a dance performance at the bar.
Vandalised poster cases and torn
Source: The telegraph

Durgapur, 24th June 2015
Union Cabinet today clears 100 Smart City Projects. India has allocated nearly Rs 6000 crore for development of these smart cities. Here goes the list of cities that have been proposed by Union Cabinet to be upgraded to smart cities. Durgapur is 8th in the list
1. Pune - Maharashtra
2. Mumbai - Maharashtra
3. Nagpur - Maharashtra
4. Nashik - Maharashtra
5. Aurangabad - Maharashtra
6. Bhivandi - Maharashtra
7. Calcutta - West Bengal
***** 8. @DURGAPUR -West Bengal*****
9. Haldia - West Bengal
10. Habra - West Bengal
11. Jangipur - West Bengal
12. Ahmedabad - Gujarat
13. Surat - Gujarat
14. Vadodara - Gujarat
15. Rajkot - Gujarat
16. Bhavnagar - Gujarat
17. Junagadh - Gujarat
18. Gandhi Nagar - Gujarat
19. Bhopal - Madhya Pradesh
20. Indore - Madhya Pradesh
21. Gwalior - Madhya Pradesh
22. Burhanpur - Madhya Pradesh
23. Jabalpur - Madhya Pradesh
24. Chennai - Tamil Nadu
25. Coimbatore - Tamil Nadu
26. Madurai - Tamil Nadu
27. Tiruchirappalli - Tamil Nadu
28. Salem - Tamil Nadu
29. Tirunelveli - Tamil Nadu
30. Bangalore - Karnataka
31. Gulbarga - Karnataka
32. Bidar - Karnataka
33. Bijapur - Karnataka
34. Badami - Karnataka
35. Pattadakal - Karnataka
36. Mahakuta - Karnataka
37. Thiruvananthapuram - Kerala
38. Kollam - Kerala
39. Kottayam - Kerala
40. Tiruvalla - Kerala
41. Ernakulam - Kerala
42. Cochin - Kerala
43. Thrissur - Kerala
44. Hyderabad - Telangana
45. Warangal - Telangana
46. Karimnagar - Telangana
47. Nizamabad - Telaganana
48. Nalgonda - Telangana
49. Guntur - Andhra Pradesh
50. Vijayawada - Andhra Pradesh
51. Kurnool - Andhra Pradesh
52. Chittoor - Andhra Pradesh
53. Kanpur - Uttar Pradesh
54. Allahabad - Uttar Pradesh
55. Lucknow - Uttar Pradesh
56. Jhansi - Uttar Pradesh
57. Faizabad - Uttar Pradesh
58. Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh
59. Jaipur - Rajasthan
60. Ajmer - Rajasthan
61. Bharatpur - Rajasthan
62. Bikaner - Rajasthan
63. Jodhapur - Rajasthan
64. Kota - Rajasthan
65. Udipur - Rajasthan
66. Ludhiana - Punjab
67. Amritsar - Punjab
68. Jalandhar - Punjab
69. Patiala - Punjab
70. Muzaffarapur - Bihar
71. Patna - Bihar
72. Gaya - Bihar
73. Bhagalpur - Bihar
74. Bihar Sharif - Bihar
75. Faridabad - Haryana
76. Gurgaon - Haryana
77. Panipat - Haryana
78. Ambala - Haryana
79. Guwahati - Assam
80. Tinsukia - Assam
81. Odalguri - Assam
82. Tangla - Assam
83. Goalpara - Assam
84. Bhubaneswar - Odisha
85. Cuttack - Odisha
86. Rourkela - Odisha
87. Sambalpur - Odisha
88. Balasore - Odisha
89. Shimla - Himachal Pradesh
90. Dehradoon - Uttarakhand
91. Haridwar - Uttarakhand
92. Roorkee - Uttarakhand
93. Jamshedpur - Jharkhand
94. Dhanbad - Jharkhand
95. Ranchi - Jharkhand
96. Gangtok - Sikkim
97. Pelling - Sikkim
98. Yuksam - Sikkim
99. Bishnupur - Manipur
100. Chandel - Manipur
Source: india tv news

Durgapur, 22nd June 2015
Class 12 boy of Durgapur goes missing on his way to school
A class 12 student of Bidhan Chandra Institution in Durgapur is missing since last Tuesday 16 June 2015. His parents have lodged a police complaint on the same day and expressed their dissapointment that though five days have already passed but police are yet to trace any information about their son.
Narayan Chandra Murmu (18), son of Umakanta Murmu, is a resident of Dayananda Road in A-Zone, Durgapur 713205 has left for his school from his house at around 11 am on 16 June. But he didn't return on the usual time of 5 pm.
On asking his friends, the parents came to know that Narayan didn't went to school that day. Unable to find their son, the anxious parents lodged a missing report in the Durgapur police, the same night.
Narayan Chandra Murmu has a facebook account name as "Narayan Murmu," is a science steam student of Bidhan Chandra Institution of Durgapur. He passed his ICSE from St. Peter's School of Durgapur and known in his locality as a calm and composed boy.
Narayan's parents are now suspecting that some conspiracy is behind their son's disappearance. They expressed their faith that police would soon be able to solve the mystery behind their son's sudden disappearance.
We at Durgapurcity would like to appeal all our viewers, readers and followers to take a bit of initiative to locate Narayan Murmu and find him. If anyone has any information about Narayan Chandra Murmu, please contact with his father Umakanta Murmu directly at: 9474541613.
Picture of Narayan Murmu found from his Facebook Profile

Durgapur, 15th June 2015
Sprit Airlines to begim flight operations in Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA), Andal, Durgapur
Bengaluru-based chartered air carrier Sprit Airlines on Monday said it has commenced flight operations in Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) in West Bengal's Durgapur.
Flying three days a week, the carrier will fly from Kolkata to Durgapur and then proceed towards either Patna or Darbhanga in Bihar. On the other way, the flight will also originate from either Patna or Darbhanga, proceed towards India's first private greenfield airport at Durgapur and finally land at Kolkata.
It is also offering chauffeur services.
The company said upon booking, a customer will be driven from his home to the airport in a sedan class car and will also be driven to his destination in the city he is flying to.
Source: rapidleaks

Durgapur, 12th June 2015
Durgapur steel plant hit by another mishap
A month after the mishap that left three workers dead, the Steel Authority of India's Durgapur Steel Plant saw yet another accident on Thursday.
A worker was badly scalded when a hot water pipe burst at the plant. The man, who sustained severe burn injuries was shifted to the burn care unit of the DSP's Main Hospital here.
On 11 May, hot liquid metal spilled from a ladle and doused three workers at the DSP's Continuous Casting Plant, all of whom died subsequently. SAIL authorities had appointed an inquiry committee to unearth the lapses that led to the accident and the general manager (safety) of the plant was suspended.
The committee, however, is yet to table the report. The accident on Thursday took place at the Steel Melting Shop at around 3:30 pm. Plant sources said that the mishap occurred when a hosepipe fitted with a water jacket covering the oxygen feeder at Converter No: III split open and hot water splashed wildly.
Swarup Bhakti (42) was standing near the giant pipe and was badly scalded by the boiling water. "He was scalded thoroughly. His condition is not good and fellow workers shifted him to the Main Hospital," said Mr Biswajit Biswas, general secretary of the Intuc-affiliated workers' union.
The union members had staged a demonstration at the general manager (steel)'s office yesterday after several ruptures were found in the hosepipe that carries boiling water over the four days. "But the DSP authorities remained indifferent to this," Mr Biswas said.
The DSP authorities remained tight-lipped on the latest mishap till this evening and the chief of communication's office maintained an absolute silence.
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 9th June 2015
Destroying nature indiscriminately in Durgapur
Indiscriminate felling of trees in the zone earmarked as green corridor of Durgapur in the urban stretches along NH-2 has triggered a controversy, which on Monday drew actor turned BJP state committee leader Rupa Ganguly to the industrial city.
Mrs Ganguly, leading a team to the Divisional Forest Office here on Monday, complained, "The state authorities have destroyed valuable trees in the green corridor, which is highly objectionable and we have raised our voice against the gross wrong doing." Nearly 400 hectares of green corridor stretched along 1.2 km was laid out beside the NH 2 in Bidhannagar here.
The same has also been depicted in the Land Use and Development Control Plan map prepared by the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority - a state-backed statutory body in its revision plan [under section 40 of the West Bengal Town and Country (Planning and Development) Act' 1979] for Durgapur Municipal Corporation also had labelled the stretch as green corridor.
The ADDA owns the land where the green corridor is laid out. Last fortnight trees on nearly 10 hectares within the green corridor were felled. Mrs Ganguly today said, "It is ridiculous to see how the state itself is ravaging the green belt, which appears to be highly emergent for a place like Durgapur, where pollution level is soaring day by day." She complained, "The DFO skipped meeting me today although I had given prior intimation to him about my arrival on the issue. Also the Range Officer bunked office when he was told to show me the government order regarding indiscriminate felling of green trees here." ADDA senior officials said that the work of felling of some 'old' trees is being carried out by the Forest department itself.
The DFO, Durgapur, Milon Kumar Mondal, said, "The Centre's Working Plan department under the ministry of environment and forest already has issued a circular for the felling of old trees, especially like eucalyptus, Akashmoni (acacia) which are more than 15 years old as these block grooming of shrubs and other trees under their shade." He added, "Our chief minister has also instructed us to implement Environment Plantation Scheme exclusively for industrial zone. We have plans to fell old trees on 60 hectares in that area. We shall compensate for it by planting on 200 hectares during the coming monsoon."
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 6th June 2015
Ispat Urdu School under encroachment; administration reluctant to take action
One acre land allotted in the name of Ispat Urdu School in this industrial township about 35 years ago is now under threat with miscreants - allegedly belonging to the ruling TMC - encroaching parts of the land's entrance day by day.
The land is situated on the Trunk Road in the heart of Durgapur City, with estimated present valuation of not less than Rs one crore.
The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), a government of India enterprise, which runs the Durgapur Steel Plant here in Burdwan district, had in 1980 started allotting lands to different sections of the society for community purposes, especially for educational institutions. The Durgapur-Asansole area has more than 10 % Muslims with their mother tongue as Urdu. So at that time, some Muslim workers and officers of the Durgapur Steel plant aided by few local Muslims decided to start a school for the Muslim community.
It was decided to name the school as Ispat Urdu School and the group applied for land. The SAIL authority handed over to secretary of Ispat Urdu School M A Hafeez, an employee of SAIL, a 33-year contract for a nominal Rs one per year.
After allotment of the land, Ispat Urdu School was started temporarily. But soon as some Muslim workers retired, few returned to their respective native places, the school stopped functioning. It remained closed down for a few years.
"Then in 2008, the Committee of the Ispat Urdu School took an initiative to raise a fencing around the land," Sk Asif, the present secretary of Ispat Urdu School, told
Asif and his new team of office bearers of the Ispat Urdu School had taken the initiative to re-start the school as an English medium school with Urdu as second language. This new body decided to put a fence around the land and accordingly, Asif wrote to the local MLA, SDO and the Mayor of Durgapur Municipal Corporation seeking administrative help. He also sought police help for the same.
Asif claims, when the work started, a group of miscreants forcibly stopped the work. "Then tactfully, few leaders of the then ruling CPIM party backed the miscreants. We waited for the change in government. When TMC came to power, we thought things will change, but unfortunately, situation has remained the same," he alleged.
"Earlier this year, we prepared a plan and got it passed from the competent authority for construction on the land itself for the school building. But then too, a group of youngsters, all supporters of the ruling party, came and stopped the work," he further alleged.
The secretary, Ispat Urdu School, complained to the state Minority Commission, Burdwan district magistrate, SDO, BDO, SDPO and also the local police station. But the police and local administration is totally silent and have not come forward to help save the land from encroachment, he claimed.
A delegation of Muslims also approached the Central Minority Commission member Farida Abdullha Khan during her Burdwan visit in February 2015. She directed the District Magistrate of Burdwan, in the presence of Joint Secretary of Minority Affairs and Madrassa Education Department of West Bengal government, to look into the matter.
The committee yet again decided to build a fence around the land. Asif said: this time too he informed all the authorities such as Mayor, SDO Kasturi Sengupta etc. "Few days later the SDO sent a letter calling for a meeting to solve the matter on May 8, 2015 at 4 pm. But they started the meeting around 11 am. When the school committee member reached to the SDO office as per scheduled time of 4 pm, they were told the meeting was over," Asif claimed.
"Few days later, miscreants led by local Trinamool Congress councilor, tried to start construction on the school land. The school authority immediately lodged a complaint at the local police station against the councilor along with this supporter. But no action was taken against them," he said.
This prompted the school committee to move the sub-judicial court at Durgapur. On May 11, 2015, the court ordered maintaining the status quo but that did not deter the miscreants to again start illegal construction and occupation of the land, the school officials claimed.
The School Committee members also met state urban development Minister Firhad Hakim but nothing has changed, they said. When contacted SDO Kasturi Sengupta, she denied exploiting the Ispat School committee members and said the schedule of the meeting was changed in emergency and hence no member of the school could be present. Apurba Mukherjee, Mayor of Durgapur Municipal Corporation, said, "It is a disputed matter. A case in pending in the court. We cannot decide on this matter."
Asif alleged that the Mayor was deliberately avoiding the matter even when all the papers are in favour of the Ispat Urdu School. The supporting documents include land hand over, land revenue and court order.
Ispat School committee members are sad at the fact that only the ruling party has changed, not their condition and blamed the local TMC people for the problem. However, the mayor and the local MLA, both belonging to TMC, have denied TMC's involvement in the whole manner.
MLA Apurba Mukherjee assured to Muslim delegates of Ispat School that if it is proved that TMC party people are involved, party will take action against it.
Source: twocircles

Durgapur, 5th June 2015
MCI spots dubious admissions
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has identified seven candidates who had secured admission at the IQ City Medical College and NH Hospital, Durgapur, even after they failed to obtain the minimum eligibility marks in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) last year.
The MCI is likely to take steps against these candidates, a senior official, who asked not to be named, said. The matter has been brought to light during the ongoing investigation conducted by the MCI into the alleged fudging of marks in the WBJEE, 2014. It has been learnt that these seven candidates were inducted into the undergraduate medical studies at the medical college after another seven candidates did not take admission, though their names featured in the counselling list.
The investigation reveals that these candidates were allotted seats at the IQ City Medical College and NH Hospital Durgapur under the state government quota of medical seats. There are altogether 150 seats in this medical college, of which 50 are reserved for the West Bengal government as state quota seats, while the rest are reserved for NRI and management quota. But their admission was illegal as these candidates had failed to obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the state entrance examination and therefore their names did not feature in the counselling list.
The obvious question that arises here is as to how the IQ City Medical College authorities admitted these seven candidates who neither cleared the entrance examination, nor were enlisted in the counselling list.
It is not clear whether some senior government officials issued any directive to the college authorities instructing them to admit these candidates. Or whether the college authorities inducted the candidates on the basis of some verbal instruction.
Some of the guardians of the medical aspirants in the city, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, alleged that a section of the high ranking officials within the state government might have been involved in the entire medical "admission scam" that had taken place in the state last year. Dr Madhusudan Chakraborty, principal of the medical college said: "I took the charge as the principal of the college four months ago and hence I am not aware about the process of admission that had taken place nearly a year ago. However, I can say that the medical college admits candidates on the recommendations by the state government."
Incidentally, a complaint has also been lodged with the MCI, which alleged that the director of medical education issued notifications regarding the counselling of candidates, in violation of a government order that had assigned the chairman of West Bengal Medical Counselling Committee (WBMCC) to conduct the process of counselling.
The WBMCC chairman happens to be a special secretary of the state health department who was responsible for the candidates' counseling.
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 4th June 2015
After spillage, WBPCB bans tanker ops
Tanker operations by state-owned chemical major DCL have been suspended by the state's pollution control authority in the wake of yesterday's acid spill from a tanker that had been loaded at the chemical unit here.
Hydrochloric acid spilled from a loaded tanker following a leakage that occurred after the tanker carrying a 30 ton consignment left the factory gate of state owned Durgapur Chemical Works (DCL).
Acid flowed across the road and drained into a nearby pond. A huge sensation was created in the area after locals saw fishes dying one after another. The Durgapur civic body also had warned people not to use the contaminated water and held an emergency meeting apprehending the acid's flow might taint the water being transported to the civic body's water works via a canal.
The DCL authority, meanwhile, had neutralised the acid discharge using bulk volume of lime. Mr Subrata Mukherjee, Director (InCharge), DCL stated: "The outlets from the factory were blocked before neutralisation."
The senior officials of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board meanwhile took the case of acid spill as a matter of serious concern. In the last two days, the WBPCB representatives held repeated inspection of the factory and the affected site.
Besides, the WBPCB officials have ordered immediate suspension of tanker operations from the factory. The chemical consignments from DCL area being transported through tanker and 20 tankers are engaged for the purpose.
The WBPCB authority has stressed the need for immediate inspection of the tankers and have asked DCL to provide fitness certificate of the vehicles.
Anjan Faujdar, Regional Environmental Engineer, WBPCB said: "Vehicles carrying such special loads need to be at par with the safety standards. We have asked the authority to be ready with their fitness papers and till the reports come to hand, tanker operations have been suspended."
Also, the factory has been asked to reduce production level.
"The gasket of the tanker that caused the mishap got pierced and caused the inconvenience. We have checked the remaining tankers and have started working on the direction guided by the WBPCB," said Mr S K Pal, environmental officer, DCL today
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 2nd June 2015
Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh launched a new PC Jeweller showroom in Durgapur, West Bengal, on May 31.
Chitrangada Singh wrote on Twitter: "At the store opening of PC Jeweller. Wishing them glitterringg days!!"
Talking about her love for jewellery, Chitrangada recently said: "I keep wearing jewellery as per the demand of my roles or for different fashion shows due to which I am fond of buying them."
The official FB page of PC Jeweller, too, posted: "On the grand opening of PCJ's 52nd showroom in Durgapur. Gorgeous, Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh with PCJ COO & Executive Director Mr. R.K Sharma."
Reportedly, the showroom is spread across a total area of 5,000 sq ft and is segregated into two floors. The ground floor exhibits gold jewellery, whereas the first floor houses diamond and silver jewellery and an exquisite lounge.

Durgapur, 1st June 2015
Asansol-Durgapur unit of TMC rejigged
In a desperate bid to counter the faction feud in the Asansol-Durgapur belt, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday split the Asansol-Durgapur district committee and made Durgapur mayor, Apurba Mukherjee, the president of the Durgapur district unit and party leader V Sivadasan (Dasu) the president of Asansol district unit.
After the victory of BJP's Babul Supriyo in the last LS polls, the ruling party decided to pull up socks. In fact, Trinamool lagged behind in six out of seven assembly segments in Asansol. Apurba Mukherjee used to head the undivided industrial district earlier. But, his team, insiders said, couldn't stand the one led by another party heavyweight in the area, Moloy Ghatak.
Talking to the TOI, Sivadasan said that he was happy that Didi had assigned him such a big job. "I will try my best and won't tolerate any faction fight. I need to focus on Jamuria, Kulti, Raniganj and Asansol," he said. In fact, former Trinamool leader Asif Khan had earlier claimed that Sivadasan was the only leader who had no connections with Saradha scam.
After losing the Siliguri civic board to the Left Front, the Trinamool has become extra-cautious. Mamata does not want her party men to repeat the same 'mistake' in the forthcoming Asansol Municipal Corporation polls. The polls in Asansol Municipal Corporation and Kulti Municipality have already been delayed and the state now wants to form a mega municipal corporation by merging Asansol, Kulti, Raniganj and Jamuria. This, political observers feel, might boomerang. The residents of Raniganj, Jamuria and Kulti have already objected to the proposed mega merger.
There were also several allegations against the loyalists of Moloy Ghatak, including three councillors - Abhijeet Ghatak, Rocket (Gurudas) Chatterjee and Animesh Das. The chief minister is aware of this and has warned Moloy Ghatak too. Abhijeet Ghatak has already been removed from the post of Trinamool Yuva district president after Dola Sen's defeat in the last Lok Sabha polls. In various factories here, the ruling party has two trade unions and Abhijeet Ghatak leads one of those. This didn't go down well with the party supremo.
There are also rumours that TMC will field Tollywood celebrities as candidates in the 2016 Assembly polls to retain the seats here and stop the saffron brigade from gaining further foothold. The possibility has increased after minister Aroop Biswas was appointed the Burdwan district observer on Saturday. Aroop is believed to be close to several Tollywood stars.
Source: Times of India

Durgapur, 30th May 2015
Highway blocked after bus crushes students
Local people erupted in protest against rash driving on the Bankura-Durgapur state highway after a speeding bus hit a motorcycle bearing three Higher Secondary candidates who were on their way to their school to collect result sheets.
Two of the students, Suman Bhuin and Kalyan Mal, both 17, were crushed to death while the condition of the third, Akash Mondal, is said to be critical. Akash was referred to the SSKM hospital, Kolkata.
The injured were initially taken to the Bankura Sammiloni Medical College and Hospital, where Suman was declared brought dead. The three boys, all residents of Banagram village were students of the local Beliatore High School and were heading to the school on a motorcycle at around 11:30 a.m. The school is just five minutes' ride from the village.
A SBSTC bus of Durgapur-Bankura route was heading towards Bankura and the driver, anticipating that he would be unable to prevent a collision, jumped off the running bus and the speeding vehicle hit the motorcycle. The boys were crushed as the motocycle slammed into the front grill of the running bus.
Within minutes the local people assembled and attacked the bus and ransacked it. The driver, however, managed to give the mob the slip.
The angry mob put up a roadblock for two hours, and several lorries stranded on the road also were ransacked. The police remained quiet spectators as they were outnumbered by the swelling mob.
The school mourned the death of its students and suspended distribution of HS results.
Sisir Mondal, headmaster, said, "It was a shocking incident and no one were interested in the results here today."
He added: "Both of the deceased had qualified in the examination."
Source: The Statesman

Durgapur, 26th May 2015
Babul Supriyo takes a dig at state on bus launch
Union minister of state for urban development, Babul Supriyo, whose recent political courtesy towards Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, had put him on a sticky wicket in his own party, on Sunday alleged "political discourtesy" against the state government after he was "kept in dark" over the launch of buses purchased under Centre-aided Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme for Durgapur-Asansol.
Babul Supriyo's recent bonhomie with the chief minister has left his own party colleagues in he state flabbergasted. His party colleague and actor Roopa Ganguly openly criticized saying, "Babul must ask the CM why BJP workers were being beaten up?" On Sunday, Babul retorted. "Having jhalmuri doesn't mean that there's no jhal (words of protest) left in me," he said.
On Sunday, Babul's allegations were directed to state labour minister Moloy Ghatak. Significantly, both Ghatak and Babul share the same electoral battle field. While Ghatak is an MLA from Asansol, Babul is an MP from the same place. Ghatak on Sunday inaugurated six buses under JNNURM scheme, though Babul Supriyo was very much present in his constituency.
Babul alleged, "I am not angry because I was not invited. But, I oppose the way Ghatak misused the government platform to achieve political goal. I have been pursuing the issue so that people of Durgapur and Asansol get new buses as early as possible. I coordinated with principal secretary (transport) Alapan Bandyopadhyay and personally surveyed the routes where passengers' demand is very high, yet number of buses is very few. I also gave list of routes to the managing director of South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC)."
However, Ghatak said, "It is not true that Babul Supriyo facilitated the process to bring these buses to Asansol. The process started before he was made a minister. So, Babul cannot take any credit for it. For the last four years, the state government meticulously prepared report which was approved by the Centre."
But, Babul referred to Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu's letter to him on August 1, 2014 saying that "the first instalment of Government of India's share amounting to Rs 6.30 crore for procurement of 60 buses for Asansol under the JNNURM scheme was released". Naidu, apparently, requested Babul to coordinate with the state government for early operationalization of these buses.
Referring to the procurement report of buses under JNNURM, Babul pointed out that there are 82 midi diesel non-AC buses (48 for Asansol and 34 for Durgapur) and 20 semi-low floor non-AC buses (12 for Asansol, 8 for Durgapur) procured for SBSTC. The Central's share in bus procurement is Rs 21.38 crore, while the state's share is Rs 5.35 crore.
Source: times of india

Durgapur, 25th May 2015
Durgapur Steel Plant to host Durgapur Ispat Sanskritik Mahotsav
This is the 6th year in a row that DSP is organising the Durgapur Ispat Sanskritik Mahotsav under its CSR scheme.
The festival provides a platform to the cultural troupes from the peripheral villages of the steel township to perform on the same stage along with the famous and renowned cultural groups from different parts of the country. It aims at promoting and popularising the traditional cultural activities of the region.
"The 2-day long Durgapur Ispat Sanskritik Mahotsav-2015 will be inaugurated by Mr P K Singh, CEO, DSP at Bidhan Bhawan at DSP Steel Township on 26th May, 2015 at 7.00 pm. The program is open to all," read a government statement.
Along with the traditional dance performances by various cultural troupes from the peripheral villages, the festival will have dance performances by eminent exponents from different parts of India.
"This year the famous groups from different parts of the country will include Bharat Natyam Dance by Kalatharangini Centre of Performing Arts and Culture, Rabindra Nritya by Geet-o-Jharna Cultural Association, Kaththak Dance by Kathak Dharohar and Siddhi Goma / Siddhi Dhhama by the Siddhi Goma Troupe,"
Source: India Blooms

Durgapur, 25th May 2015
Ajay Nand appointed as Asansol commissioner
Ajay Kumar Nand, special IG and DIG (Burdwan range), was again posted as the commissioner of the Asansol Durgapur police commissionerate on Friday. Nand was appointed as the first police commissioner of Asansol -Durgapur in September 2011.
Close to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and one of her trusted IPS officers, Nand was two years ago hurriedly transferred as the DIG (Midnapore) when he was sent to Purulia.
After that, he was posted in Bankura and later appointed as the special IG and DIG (Burdwan range).
Source: times of india

Durgapur, 21st May 2015
Air India will fly its ATR
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

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

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