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    Kolkata: Cyclists take a stand against air pollution


    Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay | TNN | Updated: Nov 8, 2020, 13:03 IST


    Some of the participants of Cycles with Lights Parade on Saturday

    KOLKATA: Twenty-five cycle groups across 12 cities in Bengal embarked on a unique campaign against fireworks this Diwali. Organized by Bengal Clean Air Network (Bengal CAN), a platform for environment activists, the “Cycles with Lights Parade” was launched on Saturday in front of the main gate of Victoria Memorial Hall.

    The event, organized across 14 major cities, saw over 500 participants who decorated their cycles with eco-friendly LED lights and posters about clean air.

    They also raised slogans against air pollution and distributed leaflets on how to make the upcoming festival cleaner, safer and pollution free. The participants included groups like Kolkata Cycle Samaj and Cycle Network Grow from Kolkata, Track and Trails from Haldia and Sunrise Cycling Group from Siliguri. There were some groups from Kalimpong and Asansol as well.

    Speaking at the event, Ekta Jaju, co-founder of SwitchON Foundation and Bengal CAN, said, “A large-scale awareness drive is needed to sensitize citizens on the harmful effects of air pollution from firecrackers. It is especially needed this year when we are in the middle of a pandemic and there is a ban on fireworks.”

    “We don’t need firecrackers to have fun during Diwali. There are more sustainable ways of having fun,” a participant said.

    “We are riding to spread joy and not pollution, so that our children can have a safe future. Festivals and spirituality should bring us closer to nature and not harm them,” said another participant.











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      Bidhannagar civic body proposes uniform property tax structure for Salt Lake, Rajarhat

      The move to revise the property tax structure will pave the way for the civic body to start collecting property tax dues by March, 2021.
      KOLKATA: The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation has proposed a uniform property tax structure for the entire corporation area of Salt Lake and Rajarhat. The civic body has asked West Bengal Valuation Board to formulate the tax that will cover all 41 wards.

      The move to revise the property tax structure will pave the way for the civic body to start collecting property tax dues by March, 2021. Residents of the corporation area of Salt Lake and Rajarhat currently pay property tax based on the valuations that were assessed in 1997 for Salt Lake and in 2005 for Rajarhat.

      Civic officials said the valuation board was engaged in chalking up a new tax structure for the entire Rajarhat area and four other wards adjoining Salt Lake proper. Tax payers in 11 wards in Salt Lake will, however, continue to pay their property tax following the old structure due to an ongoing legal case. The new rates will come into effect retrospectively.

      “The valuation board is making a fresh assessment of the tax structure for Bidhannagar. Once it is chalked up, the new tax structure will be applicable for the first 26 wards that lie in Rajarhat and just four Salt Lake wards, where residents currently don’t pay property tax,” said a civic official. Officials said that once all 41 wards come under the revised tax structure based on the present valuation, the civic body will be in a position to mop off revenue of around Rs 150 crore.

      Currently, the civic body gets around Rs 25 crore-Rs 28 crore property tax from Salt Lake and Rs 10 crore to Rs 12 crore from Rajarhat. Only 50% dues of the current financial year of 2020-21 have been collected till now.

      Till the four wards in Salt Lake — 27, 28, 35 and 36 — comprising Mahisbathan, Nayapatti and a bheri area off EM Bypass are brought under the revised tax structure, they will have to pay taxes following the old structure in Salt Lake as an interim measure. Residents of these wards pay Khajna or land revenue at the nearby BLRO office.















      Bidhannagar civic body proposes uniform property tax structure for Salt Lake, Rajarhat, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)



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        Tallah breach: 2019 challenge returns to haunt civic body

        Saikat Ray | TNN | Updated: Nov 26, 2020, 13:10 IST

        KMC has started doing the ground work for repairing the 60-inch pipeline

        KOLKATA: The 60-inch pipe that has developed a crack at Nilmoni Mitra Row happens to be the same one that had breached in March last year. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will now form a crack team to repair it.

        According to a KMC water supply department official, formation of the crack team was necessary as the civic body would need to go all-out and find leaks since this pipeline - made of mild steel - acts as the lifeline to the city's water supply system.

        "This pipe connects to four major booster pumping stations in north and central Kolkata. If we fail to repair the leak, it will remain as a long-lasting threat to water supply in north and central Kolkata. This apart, we can't shut down Palta plant or Tallah water reservoir repeatedly for repairing leaks," said a KMC water supply department official.

        Last year, KMC had to shut down Palta water treatment plant and Tallah reservoir for 24 hours to facilitate repair of the pipe. "Though we could detect the leak, we could not repair the leak as we could not pump out residual water for a whole day," said a civic official recalling the challenges KMC had faced in 2019.

        Repairing the pipe this time would be equally challenging since a part of the pipe runs 30 feet below the railway tracks. "We are still in the dark about the exact location of the breach. But given the difficult location of the pipe, we may get nowhere near the breached portion. We will then try to go down 30 feet below the surface to access a sewer line that is running parallel to the water supply line. This way we may go nearer to the pipe that has developed a crack," said a civic official.














        Tallah breach: 2019 challenge returns to haunt civic body | Kolkata News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)

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