QKolkata: Buck Stops at PWD for Majerhat; Bridge to Be Rebuilt

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A part of the Majerhat flyover collapsed on the evening of Tuesday, 4 September.

1. Buck Stops At PWD for Majerhat Bridge Collapse

The high-powered investigation committee that looked into the collapse of the Majerhat bridge has held a section of PWD officials responsible for the disaster and identified piling for the Joka-Esplanade Metro as a possible cause of damage to the structure.

These and other findings and recommendations are in the committee's preliminary report to the chief minister.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Mamata Target: New Bridge In A Year

The entire span of the Majerhat bridge will be pulled down and a new one built "within a year", chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Friday amid doubts about whether the deadline is feasible given the challenges of erecting a structure over rail tracks and getting work done during the festive season.

"The (investigation) committee headed by the chief secretary has recommended that the remaining portions of the Majerhat bridge be pulled down immediately. Construction of the new bridge will start within a month and will be completed by a year under the direct supervision of the chief secretary," Mamata said during a news conference at Nabanna, the state secretariat.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Detour Bleeds Buses On Behala Routes

Owners of buses that run between Behala and central Calcutta have been dealt a double whammy by rising diesel prices and long detours forced by the collapse of the Majerhat bridge.

Several buses on routes like Behala Chowrasta-BBD Bag, Sarsuna-Howrah and Shakherbazar-Milk Colony have been grounded already. Their owners say it is not feasible to run buses by paying record prices for fuel and travelling extra kilometres without any commensurate increase in fares.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Vehicle Charging Hubs In New Town

Charging electric cars and scooters on the go is a reality in New Town.

As many as 10 charging docks have been set up by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) in all three action areas of the township.

"Battery-powered buses now ply on the New Town roads. These charging points will now make battery-driven cars and bikes more popular," said an official of the NKDA, the administrative body of the township.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Lohia Meets Governor

The vice-chancellor of Presidency University met governor and chancellor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday as he had asked her why some students wanted to meet him over the convocation imbroglio.

Some students have sought an appointment with Tripathi on 19 September to discuss the convocation and Eden Hindu Hostel repairs.

"The chancellor asked me to come. He was concerned why students wanted to meet him," VC Anuradha Lohia said. "He wanted to know what we could do about awarding the degree certificates? Besides this, he wanted to know the situation on the campus. Have they (the students) opened the gates? We have updated him."

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. 2 Kids With Swine Flu Fight For Life In ICU

Two children down with swine flu are battling for life in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at a city hospital. While both are on ventilation, doctors said condition of one was particularly critical. Virologists are baffled at the prevalence of H1N1 virus now, given it usually retreats by August.

Hooghly’s eight-and-a-half-year old Sritama Roy was rushed to Institute of Child Health on Tuesday with severe respiratory distress and fever. Right since her admission, she has been on ventilation. Reports confirming H1N1 reached the hospital on Thursday. “The girl was in a very serious condition when she was brought in and she was put on ventilation right away. Her condition is extremely critical,” said Dr Prabhas Prasun Giri, PICU in-charge at ICH.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. SC Recommends 4 Judges For Calcutta HC

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended four new judges for appointment in the Calcutta High Court. The court, which has a sanctioned strength of 72 judges, now has 22 permanent judges and 14 additional judges.

However, among the permanent judges, Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya is set to complete his tenure on 24 September, Justice Nadira Patherya’s tenure will end on 18 November and Justice Debasish Kar Gupta will complete his tenure on 31 December. The new appointments, when cleared by the Centre, are likely to help the HC work with a functional strength of over 50%.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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