Kolkata: Eighty electric buses will be introduced in Kolkata and its adjoining areas ahead of Durga Puja.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Eighty electric buses will start operating in the state before Durga Puja. It will be a Durga Puja gift to the city dwellers.” The buses will be plying on different routes in the city and it will bring down the level of pollution.Initially, the state transport department was in search of a solution to recharge the batteries of electric buses. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome of the electric buses are 9 metres in length and there will be a seating capacity of around 30, while the remaining buses are 12 metres in length, with a seating capacity of 40.Moreover, there will also be sufficient space to stand while travelling if there is no vacant seat in the buses.With introduction of the electric buses, the total number of buses in the city and its surrounding areas will go up and it will be of great help to the common people in Kolkata and its suburbs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior officials of the department held discussions over the issue and decided that the buses will be recharged in the depots of the transport corporations.As a result, decision was taken to install 30 battery chargers at the depots, while 10 “fast battery chargers” will also be kept at different bus terminals. The “fast battery chargers” will take lesser time compared to the normal ones to recharge the batteries of the electric buses.The electric buses can be easily recharged at a short span of time in between one or two trips, using the “fast battery chargers”. HIDCO and Coal India have jointly procured three electric buses recently to ply on different routes in New Town.It may be mentioned that the state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles, in a bid to ensure an environment-friendly transport system in Bengal.With promotion of the electric vehicles, Kolkata becomes the third city after Mysore and Hyderabad, where the facility of taking e-cars on rent for self-drive purpose has been launched.
Tarakeshwar: Without naming the BJP Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that some groups with vested interest were circulating rumours just to incite the Hindus against the Muslims which might snowball into a major riot before the Lok Sabha polls.Addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon, she said: “Rumours are being spread that child-lifters are loitering in some areas and women wearing burquas are seen in those areas. People are beating them up. Some groups are spreading rumours that Muslim women are being beaten up and heckled by the Hindus resulting in creating differences between the members of these two communities. Be careful and inform the police whenever you suspect anything. As the head of the government I will tell you that lies have been circulated in very subtle ways to confuse you and divide you. We are not going to tolerate any division of attempt to disturb social peace and harmony,” she said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee said saffron-coloured attire were worn by monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha and these monks were inspired by the philosophy of sacrifice and service. “Now some people are wearing saffron -coloured attire to pose as sadhus. They are fake sadhus who are trying to divide society,” she said. In Bengal the philosophy of Hinduism that speaks about toleration and acceptance is followed and nowhere children are taught to develop hatred for the people of other communities, she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I was born in a Hindu family but my parents never taught me to hate people belonging to other communities and religion. This is Bengal’s culture and we will continue to follow it. We will not allow those who try to organise riot in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister. “We have renovated temples, mosques and churches and want that people from different religions, caste and creed continue to live peacefully in Bengal,” she further said. Referring to her movement in Singur in favour of the farmers who had been opposing acquisition of their farmland by the erstwhile Left Front government , she said during her 14-day dharna in Singur local people used to bring food for her. “How can I forget those days. This was followed by a fast that lasted for 26 days at Esplanade on the same issue. People of Singur had offered full support.” She said the state government had taken up a slew of projects for the development of the farmers. “Not only their annual income has trebled, in Singur the state government has returned the land of the farmers. It is a great achievement as we had promised them to return their land. A martyrs column will soon be set up at Singur,” she said. Banerjee said a project had been taken to control flood in Hooghly, Howrah and east Burdwan districts at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,300 crore. Another ecotourism hub is coming up at Balagarh. The birthplace of Raja Rammohan Roy will be renovated and a tourist centre will be set up, she said. Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Rani Rashmoni Green University and inaugurated Mati Tirtha.
Kolkata: A nurse, who worked at a private hospital here in the city, was allegedly found dead at her residence at Narayanpur on Friday night.The woman was a resident of Kerala and she lived at the staff quarter of the hospital. According to police, on Friday night, the woman identified as Saneeshamol (23) was found unconscious at her home by some occupants of the quarter. She was immediately rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter a preliminary medical examination, doctors said Saneeshamol might have been a drug addict. Officers of Baguiati police station sent the body for an autopsy. On Sunday, the doctor, who conducted the autopsy, said traces of an unknown drug were found in Saneeshamol’s body. It is suspected that she might have died due to overdose of drug. But, some occupants of the staff quarter feel Saneeshamol committed suicide by consuming poison. The police came to know that when Saneeshamol was taken to the hospital she was alive as some nurses claimed that her pulse rate was Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatalow when she reached the hospital. Police are probing all possible angles in the case. They are questioning other staff members of the hospital. The cops are trying to find out if the drug found in Saneeshamol’s blood was injected by someone. Saneeshamol joined the private hospital in June last year. A source said she was looking for a new job but could not find one. As a result, she was depressed since the past few days.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police have arrested a youth, accused of clicking a woman’s photograph inside a moving bus within seven minutes after receiving the distress call. The incident took place on Sunday morning in front of NRS Medical College and Hospital.According to police, on Sunday, at 10:08 am, a woman called the police control room and stated that a youth is clicking her picture while she was traveling in a bus of Dhulagarh- Sealdah route bearing registration number WB-11-C-2645. The bus was moving towards Sealdah. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately all the traffic police personnel, police stations and divisional mobile vans were informed and instructed to intercept the bus. At 10:15 am, traffic police personnel of Sealdah traffic guard saw the bus in front of NRS Hospital. When the cops intercepted the bus, they found that the youth was being manhandled by other passengers The woman who called up the police control room was also there inside the bus. The accused youth identified as Md. Khan of Kulgachhia in Howrah was detained and handed over to Muchipara police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe victim woman also went to the police station and submitted a complaint following which the youth was arrested. The woman said she along with her husband and daughter boarded the bus from Baksara in Howrah to reach Sealdah. Khan was inside the bus earlier. Near Wellington crossing a passenger of the bus saw Khan clicking pictures of the woman. Police officers came to know that there was another youth with Khan who had managed to escape from the bus when the accused was caught red-handed. After that Khan was manhandled by other passengers of the bus till police intervened in the situation. Police are interrogating Khan in order to nab the other accused who was with him when the incident took place.