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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
GOOD NEWS FOR DURGAPUR!!!
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 Twocircles.net.
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 Twocircles.net 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 www.durgapurcity.co.in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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