Durgapur, 20th June 2016
AI Andal flight suspension arbitrary and unfair: BAPL
Greenfield airport operator Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) has alleged the move to withdraw the Air India (AI) flight to Andal airport near Durgapur was arbitrary and cited several other routes in which the airline continues to operate with much lower passenger loads and without viability gap funding (VGF).
"BAPL with the support of the state government brought AI to the Asansol-Durgapur region by paying VGF at a rate that was nearly double of what it would have had to fork out to a private airline with the sole intention of connecting the hinterlands of south Bengal to Delhi. The state government on its part extended a tax holiday on refueling of aircraft at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport. Yet, AI unilaterally decided to suspend air services to Andal without prior notice and ground the airport while talks were still on to rationalize the VGF," said BAPL managing director Partha Ghosh.
With AI discontinuing the tri-weekly Kolkata-Durgapur-New Delhi and return flight from June 16, there are no scheduled flights between Kolkata and Durgapur and the airport is idle. While the airport can be used by chartered flights, it is only in October that a new scheduled carrier could reconnect Durgapur. Zoom Air that is awaiting DGCA's final nod for operations said Durgapur would be among its first port of call. The airline plans to operate 50-seater CRJ-200LR aircraft between Durgapur and Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata with Durgapur acting as the airline's regional hub, Zoom Air CEO Koustav M Dhar said.
"A confirmed agreement between BAPL and Zoom Air is in place. We had wanted AI to continue till at least then to enable seamless operation for passengers. But AI acted with unprecedented speed to discontinue flights on the very day the Centre announced the new civil aviation policy that harps on regional connectivity," Ghosh pointed out.
In six sectors - Delhi-Tirupati, Delhi-Kullu, Delhi-Khajuraho, Delhi Rajkot, Mumbai-Gwalior and Bhubaneswar Varanasi - AI operates flights despite poor passenger occupancy and no VGF. AI had charged BAPL the highest slab of charter rack rate without factoring in facilities like no landing and parking charges and no tax on ATF.
AI quoted an operation cost of Rs 22. 5 lakh, much higher than SpiceJet's Rs 13.5 lakh, Go Air's Rs 14 lakh and IndiGo's Rs 14.5 lakh. VGF is the difference between the operation cost and revenue per round trip.
"Of the 17 greenfield airports that were announced at the time, Durgapur is the only one that is operational. We have already invested Rs 750 crore. But how can an airport continue to operate with an outgo of Rs 1.5 crore in VGF subsidy per month?" Ghosh posed. Incidentally, several VIPs have used the airport, including PM Narendra Modi, who has flown in and out of it twice.
BAPL has also alleged that since AI was assured of high VGF, it did not try to market the route and in fact sandwiched the flight between two other departures to Delhi from Kolkata. On-time performance on the sector was poor.
Meanwhile, sources said BAPL was looking at fresh equity infusion in excess of Rs 100 crore through the rights issue route. At present, Changi Airports has 36.2% stake, ILFS 11%, WBIDC 1.2% and the three promoters - Partha Ghosh, Utsav Parekh and RR Modi - have 51.6% stake. Incidentally, WBIDC had 11% stake at the beginning of the project that got eroded as other shareholders brought in money. Now, BAPL has written to WBIDC, urging it to raise its stake to 11% by pumping in around Rs 70 crore.
Source: times of india
Durgapur, 19th June 2016
Gang-rape of a widow in Durgapur
A recent horrible incident of gang-rape shook the industrial town of Durgapur. Five persons have been detained by the police in Durgapur after a 28 year old widow blame them of gang-rape. Police caught the accused by tracking their mobile phone.
About a month ago, the victim, a mother of two, came to live with her parents at Amrai in Durgapur following the death of her husband. About a fortnight ago, she became friend with a local man Sheikh Shahjahan and soon they got into an affair.
On 14 June, Shahjahan told the widow that he wanted to marry her and for this he needed to introduce her to his mother. Once the woman agreed to the proposition and turned up at the designated venue, Shahjahan instead took her to a deserted place, where four of his friends were waiting.
Subsequently, the alleged five raped the victim, one after another. Shahjahan threatened her not to reveal the incident to anybody and freed her. The victim however, gathered courage and reported the matter to Durgapur police.
Police registered an FIR and sent the woman for medical examination that sent the woman for medical examination that confirmed sexual assault. The investigators then started tracking the mobile phone location of Shahjahan and arrested him on 17 June evening. By interrogating him, the rest four were picked up later in the night. The four are Sheikh Amirul, Sheikh Rejaul, Sheikh Biltu and Sheikh Alamgir. All the five are a in their early 20 of age.
The five were produced before a local court in Durgapur yesterday and the judge sent them to 14 days of judicial remand.
ADCP (East) of the Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate Kumar Gautam informed that a case of gang-rape has been registered against all the five after medical report confirms sexual assault on the widow.
Durgapur, 15th June 2016
Air India to withdraw flight from Kolkata -Durgapur- Delhi Section
Air India has decided to withdraw its flight on Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sector from June 17, six months after its inauguration, due to 'operational reasons'. "Air India is set to withdraw its flight on Kolkata- Durgapur-Delhi sector, after a little over six months of its inauguration, from June 17 due to operational reasons," an AI spokesman said here today. Even as the airline officially did not elaborate the reasons behind discontinuing the service, insiders said economic non-viability was forcing AI to withdraw the flight. Air India is operating thrice-a-week service with a 122-seater Airbus 319 aircraft. Before the launch of this flight, Air India used to operate a small aircraft between Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata and Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) at Andal in Durgapur. Even as the airline officially did not elaborate the reasons behind discontinuing the service, insiders said economic non-viability was forcing AI to withdraw the flight. "Despite assurance to provide viability gap funding (VGF) to the airline, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) failed to maintain its promise," they said pleading anonymity. BAPL Managing Director Partha Ghosh, however, told the decision of the AI is temporary. "The airline will resume its operation on the sector within a week or so." Denying the allegation on VGF, he said "We are aware of Air India's decision. We discussed the issue in our meeting today. I am sure the operation will be resumed within a week or so." The airline sources said alternate arrangements have been made for passengers by way of refunds and routing them to and from Delhi. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated the long-awaited Kolkata-Durgapur-New Delhi flight on December 7 last year, connecting the industrial city of Durgapur, which had the country's first private greenfield airport, directly with the national capital. Banerjee herself boarded the flight after inaugurating it here on her way to Delhi and had expressed hope that the service would help in growth of industry, commerce and tourism in the region. Before the launch of this flight, Air India used to operate a small aircraft between Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata and Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) at Andal in Durgapur.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 26th Feb 2016
SUSPECTED IS SPY ARRESTED IN DURGAPUR
NIA arrested one student suspecting him to be a IS spy in Durgapur's Kaksa's Gopalpur on Friday. Student named Ashif Ahmed was arrested by the Delhi's detective department of NIA.
According to sources, he might be flown to Delhi for interrogation. Detectives have gathered a lot of evidence and documents in connection to IS against him.
According to Detectives, this youth has been staying in Kaksa's Gopalpur's poschimpara at a rented house since few days. since it was a Brahmin community, he had hidden his name. It has been known that he is first year student of Durgapur's Rajendra Academy and is a resident of Hooghly's Dhonekhali. He had rented the house by the excuse of studying at the College. There has been information from special sources, that he had been transferring information on defence installation and establishments.
After this a team from NIA arrived in Kolkata from Delhi to interrogate the student. On Wednesday student Ashif was detained by NIA. He will be taken to Delhi on Friday for interrogation.
Durgapur, 10th Feb 2016
West Bengal's Andal airport gets wi-fi connectivity from 'Jionet'
The Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal in West Bengal's Durgapur got connectivity of a new kind. The airport saw the launch of wi-fi internet connectivity, which will initially be made available free of cost to consumers.The wi-fi connectivity at the air port is being provided by the 'Jionet' service of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). The login would be valid for 24 hours and would disconnect after 30 minutes of inactivity.
The Andal airport serves the towns of Burdwan, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Suri, Bolpur/Shantiniketan and Rampurhat in South Bengal and Dhanbad and Bokaro in Jharkhand. 'Jionet' services would assist passengers at Andal airport to sample the digital ecosystem that Jio has built, comprising specially designed apps and rich content running on Jio's fibre based high speed data networks," said a RJIL spokesperson at the launch of the service.Air travellers using the airport can connect to the 'Jionet' wi-fi network on their devices and get connected to the internet for free after registering with the service with an SMS verification code.
The login would be valid for 24 hours and would disconnect after 30 minutes of inactivity.The Andal airport serves the towns of Burdwan, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Suri, Bolpur/Shantiniketan and Rampurhat in South Bengal and Dhanbad and Bokaro in Jharkhand.
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 9th Feb 2016
Ranigunj school wins science competition
School students from in and around Durgapur got a chance to showcase their scientific knowledge at the 4th Times-NIE Science Project competition on Friday. Presented by NSHM Knowledge Campus, the event was held on the college premises.
The projects which were from physical science, life science and social science included a life-saving transfusion device, mobile AC, reflex arc, a rainwater harvesting and hydroelectricity producing apparatus, homemade Van De Graff generator and and a hydraulic alarm among others.
With nearly 30 science projects to consider, judges Seema Sarkar Mondal, associate professor, department of mathematics, NIT Durgapur; Samaresh Ghosh, assistant professor, department of chemistry, Bankura Sammilani College, Bankura and Pathik Kumbhakar, professor and head, dept of physics, NIT Durgapur, had a tough time picking winners.
DAV Public School Ranigunj came out on top for their automatic railway gating system. While the first runner up was DAV Model School Durgapur for their auto directing device for visually impaired people, the second runner up was Burnpur Riverside School for their project on the mechanism of bacteriophage replication.
The six special appreciation awards were bagged by Bidhan School, for their project on power storage from wheel, East West Model School, for An unknown relationship between black hole and dark energy, Hemsheela Model School, for The Four Colour Theorem, DAV Durgapurfor their floor cleaner, Guru Teg Bahadur Public School for their project on generating electricity from urine and Suresh Chandra Modern School. for their fire writing project.
The thrilled winning team of three from DAV Ranigunj said they literally burned the midnight oil to set up the project in just two days.
"Keeping in mind the train accidents which take place daily, we made this project based on IR technology to prevent accidents," said Arijit Sarkar, a member of the winning team.
Probir Kumar Bose, campus director, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Durgapur, said: "Such events are a social commitment for us at NSHM to encourage scientific temperament among students. Young minds are brimming with new ideas and such contests give them a chance to explore them. For our society to progress we need young minds like these who are so interested to do something. We want the lesser-known schools to come forward and participate too, since there is so much hidden talent in them. However, students should ensure that their projects are practical and implementable. I feel that we should have such competitions at least twice a year to give more scope to the schools in the area."
Source: Times of India
Durgapur, 9th Feb 2016
Car with Defence Ministry number plate seized, 6 arrested
Six suspects were arrested in Jamalpur area in Burdwan district of West Bengal for allegedly traveling in a car with Ministry of Defence (MoD) number plates on Monday morning.
The Swift Dzire car, having a commercial number plate with MoD stickers and Ordinance Factory Board written on it, was on its way to Durgapur from Kolkata.
On the National Highway - 2, the car was stopped at a check point and the six people traveling inside the car were asked to produce valid MoD documents.
However, the suspects failed to provide any valid documents specifying that the car belonged to the MoD and establish themselves as employees of the ministry.
Immediately, the suspects were detained and the car was seized. Later, the suspects were arrested and are likely to be produced before the Burdwan court on Monday.
Burdwan district police officials reveal that the six suspects are residents of Topsia Road in Kolkata and that one of them has a criminal record. Source: dna india
Durgapur, 8th Feb 2016
President Pranab Mukherjee Visits Ailing Brother In Durgapur Hospital
President Pranab Mukherjee today visited his ailing elder brother at a private hospital in Durgapur.
93-year-old Pijush Mukherjee, who stays in Birbhum, is suffering from septecaemia and had been hospitalised on Tuesday.
The President reached Durgapur by a Navy helicopter from Kolkata accompanied by his son Abhijit and daughter-in-law this afternoon, officials said.
He was at the hospital for an hour and also spoke to doctors, who told him that his brother's condition was now stable, hospital sources said.
After the visit, Mr Mukherjee left in the chopper for Kolkata on way to Delhi.
Durgapur, 2nd Feb 2016
TMC leader tries to board flight with gun, detained
The CISF Sunday detained TMC leader Naren Chakraborty at Kolkata airport when he was allegedly attempting to board a Chennai-bound flight while in the possession of an unlicensed gun. He was produced at the Barrackpore Sub-Divisional Court Monday and was sent to one-day police custody.
Chakraborty, the Pandabeshwar Block Trinamool Congress president and also a member of the Durgapur Zila Parishad, had taken a helicopter from Andal airport and landed at NSCB airport in Kolkata in the afternoon, police said, adding he was scheduled to leave for Chennai on a SpiceJet flight in the evening.
"CISF detained Chakraborty at the check-in point after it was found that he was carrying a gun and some cartridges but had no arms licence. The CISF then contacted us and handed him over. We are investigating the case," said a senior officer at Airport police station. He said the TMC leader was charged under sections 25 (1)(a) of the Arms Act.
Apart from the ammunition, a gun, which was marked as being made in Italy, was found in his luggage, the officer said, adding, "Chakraborty didn't inform the airline authorities and neither could he produce a license for the firearm"
As per the airport rules and regulations, guns and firearms are not permitted to be carried on person, in cabin baggage or in registered baggage.
Contacted, TMC president of the Durgapur sub division, Uttam Mukherjee termed the incident as "a bad" precedent. "This is reminiscent of the CPM rule and their goons. If someone in our party has done this, he has set a bad precedent," he said.
Source: Indian Express
Durgapur, 31st Jan 2016
Starving kids forced to beg for food
Hundreds of students of a state-run boarding school were forced to go begging for vegetables from local farmers today after an NGO headed by a member, mayor-in-council, Durgapur, stopped supplying food articles to the school for non-payment of bills.
The hostel authorities were unable to provide food to the students since Thursday as according to Kalicharan Bauri, one of ten cooks employed there: "Nothing is available in the storeroom as the NGO has stopped supply. We are helpless." He added: "We cooked khichuri for them after the children managed to collect vegetables from farmers in the local area." The SDM, Durgapur, functions as the administrator of the school after its managing committee was disbanded on 27 December 2015 following a crisis, which forced transfer of the headmaster Mr Bishudhhananda Roy. Mr Roy, after vacating his post allegedly retained the keys of the school almirah where bank cheque-books were locked up and caused problems in making payments to the supplier, the SDM, Mrs Kasturi Sengupta, said. She added: "Considering the gravity of the situation, an adhoc payment of Rs 3 lakh was made to the NGO to resume immediate supply of food items." She said: "We shall seek explanation from the NGO why they stopped supply without prior notice."
Pandit Raghunath Murmu Adibasi Abasik Vidyalaya, a boarding school for backward class children accommodates some 370-odd students hailing from districts like Purulia, Bankura, Midnapore (East & West). The Backward Classes Welfare Department governs the functioning of the school and provide funds to meet its expenses. A contractor agency owned by the brother of a councillor of the civic body had been supplying the materials since three years back, but after a dispute it was substituted by one NGO headed by an MMIC of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation in November 2015. "The average monthly expenditure on food is Rs 2.45 lakh and during the Puja and summer vacations it's Rs 1.80 lakh," said Mr Kalyan Banerjee, former secretary of the disbanded school Managing Committee.
Source: the statesman
Durgapur, 28th Jan 2016
TMC pursues votebank politics in Hyderabad but doesn't help Nadia, Malda victims: Smriti Irani
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday alleged that Trinamool Congress leaders visited Hyderabad after the Dalit student's death due to votebank politics and lashed out at Mamata Banerjee government over Malda violence claiming it was "appeasing" minorities.
Addressing a public meeting, the BJP leader questioned why the Trinamool leaders did not visit Nadia in the state in 2015 when an alleged incident of atrocities against Dalit women had occurred there.
"In 2015 when three Dalit women were tortured in Nadia district, nobody said anything. Mamata Banerjee was silent then," Irani said.
"TMC sent delegation to Hyderabad University to pursue votebank politics. Why didn't they send a delegation to Nadia district then? Why didn't Derek O'Brien go there?", the HRD Minister asked.
A two-member TMC delegation led by its national spokesperson Derek O'Brien had visited Hyderabad University, where the body of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula was found hanging in a hostel room in the campus on 17 January.
Accusing the TMC government of indulging in "minority appeasement politics", Irani said "What is happening in Malda? In Malda a police station was burnt under the patronage of the ruling party and the police remained a mute spectator. What were they doing? TMC is pursuing votebank politics," she alleged.
Irani claimed that the state the government had "completely failed" in maintaining law and order situation which has led to increase in crime against woman.
"TMC had come to power saying they owe their victory to Ma, Maati and Manush (Women, Land and People). Now, when the women and the people are tortured in the state, they remain a mute spectator.
"TMC is making a mockery of the dignity of women in Bengal. Women are being raped and the chief minister is fixing Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 as compensation for them," she alleged.
Turning to the issue of illegal mining in Asansol-Durgapur region, she alleged, "Though the TMC government speaks publicly against illegal mining, they actually encourage mine mafias and provide support in running the illegal mines."
Durgapur, 4th Dec 2015
Bhutan Airlines may start flights from Andal
Bhutan Airlines has expressed interest to start services from Andal to Bhutan, Mamata Banerjee said in Durgapur on Thursday.
The memorandum of understanding may be signed between Bengal Aerotropolis Project Limited, the promoters of the Andal airport, and Tashi Air Private Limited at the Bengal Global Business Summit in Januray 2016 in Kolkata, in the presence of Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay . Partha Ghosh, BAPL MD, nfirmed that they had recei confirmed that they had received a written expression of interest from Bhutan Airlines for flight operations between Andal and Bhutan. "We are working on the proposal and the services are expected to start next year," Ghosh said. The airline was likely to operate Airbus A-319, sources added.
Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport will be the first greenfield private airport in India to start commercial inter-state flight operations from Andal to New Delhi from December 7.TISS meet: The city meet of Tata Institute of Social Sciences was organized by their alumni association in Kolkata on November 29. It is part of the all-India meet where alumni from six cities, including Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad, met at their respective cities and shared their views to implement knowledge-based management in social and human resource development.
The Kolkata city meet was attended by HR personalities, such as like Manas Das and Sudipta Mondal, and educators.
Durgapur, 2nd Dec 2015
Gift of life for Afghan orphan
A 14month-old war orphan, Sadat Bibi Aiesha, who was born with four holes in her heart, has got a new breath of life after a complex surgery in a Durgapur hospital. Aiesha's father was killed in the Afghan turmoil. The baby is from the war-ravaged Laghman province of east Afghanistan, which has no electricity or school for girls, thanks to decades of war, coupled with Taliban repression, American bombing and instability. Aiesha was referred to Mission Hospital, Durgapur,by Baha Uddin, an Afghan doctor who has trained here.
"I came to know of her through a friend. Her villagers funded her visit to Pakistan, where she was diagnosed, but not treated," said the doctor who has been a war refugee, emailed to TOI from Kabul. Doctors at Mission Hospital identified the holes at four levels -one between the left and right sides of the heart, two at the ventricular level and a fourth at the arterial level. Blood gushed from the left to right of the heart, flooding her lungs."Left untreated, the baby could have had heart failure and and died early," said cardiothoracic surgeon and chairman of the hospital, Satyajit Bose. The fragile 18-month-old will go back home after a week. The hospital waived off her medcal expenses as a gesture of goodwill, with the help of Rotary Club 3240. An Afghan NGO bore her travel expenses.
She flew from Kabul to Delhi and then to Kolkata by Air-India on November 20, escorted by Hasib Utttah. Four days later, six surgeons led by pediatric cardiac surgeon Sreerup Chatterjee operated on the underweight child. "It took us four hours. This was a rare case, but we do rarer cases," said Bose. Mission Hospital is one of the three chosen for Mamata Banerjee's Sishusathi programme where underprivileged children get specialized medical care at subsidized costs. According to WHO, Afghanistan's health status is one of the worst in the world. India is the obvious choice because the treatment cost is a fraction of that of developed countries.
Durgapur, 30th Nov 2015
NIT director resigns after MHRD intervention
Silence reigned at the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, with eleven days of continued agitation, sloganeering and shouting coming to a halt on Sunday when the director of the institute finally declared that he was going to put in his papers.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), to put an end to the impasse, asked Tarkeswar Kumar, the director to resign on Sunday. Kumar's responsibility became the focus of controversy after the death of a final year electrical engineering student Prosenjit Sarkar on 18 November due to alleged negligence of the institute's medical unit. Despite his severe illness in the semester examination hall, Prosenjt was sent back to his hostel room. Dr A Sarkar, the medical officer, according to Uditya Ghosh and Rahul Das, batch-mates of the deceased, "mocked Prosenjit's illness, saying it was just a plea to escape the exams."
Prosenjit, however, succumbed on the way to a private tertiary care hospital in the night.
This caused the NIT student to erupt in protest and they gathered to address their grievances to the director, but the latter refused to face the angry horde. The students staged protest in front of his residence till the wee hours of the following morning but the director had called up the police, alleging that the students were about to attack his house.
A RAF contingent was immediately pressed into action by the Asansol Durgapur Police. However, they held back as they found nothing foul on the part of the students.
The Students' Gymkhana came forward to lead a mass boycott of academic activities since 19 November and put forward two major demands - resignation of the director and punitive measures against the medical officer along with other medical staff involved.
Though the NIT had constituted a seven-member inquiry committee led by Dr A K Saha, it is yet to table a report. The Gymkhana had sought intervention by Smriti Irani, HRD minister and she reciprocated immediately and sent two senior MHRD officials, R S Solanki and P K Saha, who arrived at the campus on 24 November.
Considering the deteriorating situation, according to the senior officials: " Irani gave consent to ask the director to step down to put an end to the issue."
On Sunday, Tarkeswar Kumar convened an urgent meeting in which all the Deans with the NIT and three Gymkhana leaders -Rohit Kumar Yadav, Sagar Bhartiya and Eslavath Deevakiran Naik- were also asked to attend.
"He, in the presence of the students stated that he was going to put in his papers," said Anirudhha Ganguly, dean (Administration), NIT.
The chairman, Board of Governors, NIT, Professor A B Bhattacharya told The Statesman from New Delhi: "The MHRD asked me to instruct Tarkeswar to tender his resignation. On Monday he will put in his papers. This was a dynamic and unprecedented decision."
He added: "Considering the continued uproar there, MHRD found this as the most suitable decision." Prof Bhattacharya further said: "I shall be at NIT within a couple of days and director from some other NIT will be asked to take interim charge."
Source: The Statesman
Durgapur, 27th Nov 2015
Biz meet focus on smart cities
The state government has planned to show-case the four proposed smart cities -Durgapur, Haldia, Salt lake and New Town -and six intelligence cities -Asansol, Baruipur, Dumurjola, Kalyani, Siliguri and Bolpur -in the forthcoming Bengal Global Business Summit that will take place between January 1 and 9 next year, said urban development secretary and Hidco CMD, Debashis Sen.
He was speaking at an event held at the auditorium of Durgapur Municipal Corporation. Four cities in the state have been included by the Centre in the list of first 98 smart cities in the country .
Debashis Sen, who had earlier worked as the district magistrate of Burdwan, said that about 500 acres at the posh City Centre area of Durgapur have been acquired and prime focus will be on greenery , e-services and technical upgradations like under-ground cable laying. The proposals will be sent for final approval to Centre before Decembr 15, Sen added.
As part of the scheme, the local civic body has already decided to declare Durgapur Municipal Corporation as a plastic-free city from January 1, 2016.
There will be a 50% discount on building plans if a minimum of four saplings are planted and a provision for rain water conservation is arranged, said Kasturi Sengupta, comissioner of DMC.There is also a plan to renovate the entire street lighting system of Durgapur.
Police commisioner Ajay Kumar Nand said that a few hundreds CCTVs would be installed and the manual signal system would be replaced by automatic system in Durgapur.
Durgapur, 27th Nov 2015
Air India to operate Delhi-Durgapur services from Dec 7
Come December and Eastern India's first greenfield airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, is all set to be connected to Delhi. National carrier, Air India, will commence three flights a week from Durgapur to Delhi.
The inaugural flight will take off on December 7 from the Dum Dum airport at 13.00 hours. It will fly from Kolkata to Durgapur and from there reach Delhi at around 17:45 hours.
From Delhi, the flight will take off at 18:15 hours and will reach Kolkata via Durgapur at 22:00 hours. It will reach Durgapur (from Delhi) at 20:45 hours.
Interestingly, Air India had been amongst the first airlines to start commercial operations from the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Durgapur. The inaugural flight was operated by Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, with a 48-seater ATR-42 aircraft.
Located 170 kms from Kolkata, the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport is promoted by the Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), in which Singapore’s Changi Airports International has an over 36 per cent stake; and five other Indian promoters
Durgapur, 24th Nov 2015
Turmoil at NIT-Durgapur after student's death; Smriti Irani intervenes
The death last Wednesday of an engineering student at National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Durgapur, allegedly due to negligence and ineptitude of the institute, has led to major student unrest which evoked intervention by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Officials of the ministry were due to visit the institute on Monday to enquire into the issues raised by the protesting students who say the death of Prosenjit Sarkar was the fifth in the past one year in a series of what the institute had dismissed as case of 'unnatural death'.
Prosenjit, a fourth year engineering student, suffered persistent headaches for two days that prevented him from completing his semester paper, his classmates said. Despite being approached repeatedly, the medical unit of the NIT failed to attend to his worsening condition or to help him to get treatment from outside.
Caught in this state of negligence and ineptitude of the medical unit, he died on November 18, they said.
The students also said that NIT director Tarkeshwar Kumar refused to speak to them and the chief warden when they approached him to discuss the issue on November 18 and that their protests had instead been responded by the director calling over 150 riot police and RAF personnel.
The students have been protesting, holding vigils, boycotting classes, and have started an online campaign with the hashtag #JusticeForProsenjit.
"Have asked for an explanation from the concerned authorities," responded union HRD minister Smriti Irani on November 21 to social media messages of the agitating students.
Irani added on Twitter on Sunday that "Officers from MHRD will be in NIT Durgapur tomorrow (Monday)."
The institute said on Sunday that an investigation committee had been set up to probe the incident and a report was expected within a week.
"For the past one year, there has been more than five deaths in the campus and every time the case is closed with the verdict 'unnatural death'," the agitating students said.
Durgapur, 20th Nov 2015
NIT Durgapur student dies due to medical negligence, students protest against management
A fourth year student of the Electrical Engineering department, Prosenjit Sarkar, died on Wednesday night (November 18) in NIT Durgapur on Wednesday. The institute has now constituted a committee to inquire into the incident.
Prosenjit had appeared for the first paper of his 7th-semester exam. "He was suffering from a headache for the last two days, and soon after his first paper was done, he visited the Medical Unit (MU) in the campus for treatment. But the doctor was unavailable until 5 p.m," said one student who was his batchmate. Around 5 p.m. the doctor prescribed pills as well as put him on three bottles of saline. He was discharged close to 8 p.m.
"He returned to the hostel and had his dinner. But after a while, his room-mates found him lying on the floor and vomiting in his room. They took him back to the MU, and the doctor suggested that he should be taken to the Mission Hospital in the city because his pulse was low around 9.30 p.m.," said another student in his fourth-year. But, the students allege that the ambulance of the MU itself was delayed and that they had to take Prosenjit in an auto rickshaw.
"He was declared dead on arrival by the doctors in the Mission Hospital. He was dead for over an hour. It is appalling that the Medical Officer in the institute couldn't diagnose his condition and its seriousness," added the student.
When PaGaLGuY spoke to the Medical Officers of MU, Dr. B. Sarkar, and Dr.S. Patra, they both refused to comment on the incident.
The students have been protesting against the administration outside the bungalow of Director, Prof. Tarkeshwar Kumar, until this morning. "The director did not come out of his house. The police was called in the campus as well. It's almost one day since his death, but the Director has not met us. We shall continue to protest against the administration and their lack of apathy even tomorrow," said a first-year student in the Electrical Engineering department.
PaGaLGuY spoke to the Student Affairs Dean, Prof. A.K Bhattacharya, about the situation in the campus. "We have constituted a committee to investigate into the incident. We cannot allege that the cause of death is due medical negligence, or because of lack of proper medical care by the Medical Officer in the campus," he said. He also confirmed that the students have been protesting and that the police was called in to handle the situation in case it went out of hand.
When the Director, Tarakesh Kumar was contacted, PaGaLGuY was told that the Director is unwell due to high blood pressure and could not comment.
PaGaLGuY also spoke to another student who passed out of NIT Durgapur a year ago. He alleged, that he was prescribed a high dosage of medication for a condition which was not so serious. He further added that his health deteriorated to such an extent, in his first semester, that he almost missed his semester examination. He claims it took him a month to recuperate.
Durgapur, 17th Nov 2015
Junction mall's 'Wifi' gift to Durgapur
Another feather in the cap for Junction Mall situated at Durgapur in West Bengal as it successfully hosted eastern India's first and only fully free wireless frequency zone on Saturday.
Junction Mall management has collaborated with Jio Net to bring this service for the customers.
This is aimed at adding value to the shopping experience. Junction Mall caters to thousands of enthusiastic shoppers daily.
With seamless connectivity and superfast 4G internet customers can sit-chat-surf at the food court, check movie schedules, map their way around stores, make data calls and do much more.
This is part of Junction Mall's contribution towards government of India's Smart City initiative. The management at Junction Mall has embraced digitisation whole-heartedly. With more steady steps Durgapur will soon be the most technologically advanced township in the area.
A host of esteemed delegates and dignitaries will be present at the launch ceremony to announce the WiFi zone active.
The CEO of Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA), the Chairman of ADDA, the Commissioner of Police, the Sub Divisional Magistrate, the Mayor In Council (Durgapur), Mayor and the first lady of Durgapur graced the occasion.
Junction mall is one of the major projects of the Primarc Group. Primarc Group is a diversified dominant position in the retail & realty sector in Eastern India. Primarc owns and operates over 45 stores across various formats across East India.
Durgapur, 13th Nov 2015
Five cops assaulted in Durgapur, attackers get bail
Five policemen were assaulted by rival groups at Vidyasagarpally under Durgapur township police station area when they went to quell a fight in the industrial township, a day after a sub-inspector was allegedly beaten to death by gamblers in Cooch Behar district. Police had arrested 17 suspects for attacking the cops last night. However, all of them got bail today. Additional Commissioner of Police of Durgapur region Amitava Maity said the suspects were arrested under different sections for assaulting cops and damaging a police vehicle last night. However, all the accused were released today on bail by a court order when they were produced before the judicial magistrate's court. On Tuesday night West Bengal police sub-inspector Ranjit Pal was allegedly beaten to death when he went to raid a gambling den in Cooch Behar. The killers, reportedly, hit the police officer on his head with a bamboo leading to his death. 21 people have been arrested in the case.
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: “All 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