Kolkata: The state government will go for an expenditure of Rs 7,000 crore for further infrastructure development in Kolkata.The initiative has been taken with a vision of making Alipore in South Kolkata “clean and green”. This comes at the time when Baruipur Correctional Home was inaugurated, to which Alipore Central Correctional Home is getting shifted. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement of the Rs 7,000 crore investment for infrastructure development from a programme at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Wednesday, in which the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman award was given to different Durga Puja committees. The Chief Minister inaugurated Baruipur Correctional Home, Narendrapur Police Station in South 24-Parganas, the new buildings of Barasat police station, Bakultala police station and Jhargram Police Line. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said: “Today the Baruipur Correctional Home has been inaugurated, where the Alipore Central Correctional Home will be shifted. The space of Alipore Central Correctional Home will be used for some good purpose. We will decorate Alipore as a green and clean city and a new project worth Rs 7,000 crore will come to Kolkata.” “We have carried out record development of infrastructure in a very short time. Around Rs 33,000 crore has been given for infrastructure development. No one has become successful in carrying out such infrastructure development in such a short period of time,” she added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe development work was carried out despite the state clearing huge debts. “We cleared debts of Rs 25,000 crore in 2011 after coming to power, as CPI(M) had taken huge loans and they had even touched the small savings. The amount went up to Rs 28,000 crore, Rs 30,000 crore and Rs 38,000 crore in the subsequent years. We have given Rs 48,000 crore in 2017-18 and the amount would be around Rs 48,000 to 50,000 crore in 2018-19 as well,” she said, adding that Bengal would have run the entire country if it didn’t have to clear the debt of Rs 48,000 crore. After inaugurating the new building of Jhargram Police Line, Banerjee said: “Earlier, there was no place to stay in Jhargram. We are developing the necessary infrastructure now.” She further said that around 20 lakh people visit Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island. So, necessary infrastructure has also been developed there. “We have also decided to give 74 percent share of Tajpur Port to the Centre, provided they construct a bridge to connect Sagar Island with the main land,” the Chief Minister said. Mentioning the issue of spitting on the newly built skywalk at Dakshineswar, she urged the Durga Puja committees and clubs to create awareness about keeping their areas clean.
Kolkata: A promoter at Patharghata in New Town was shot dead by some miscreants on Sunday night. It is suspected that the crime was committed over some business rivalry.According to the locals, the victim, Chanchal Mondal was a speculator of land in New Town. He also used to measure land and prepare maps of those lands. Recently, he started promoting business. On Saturday, two persons came to Chanchal’s home at Mondalpara, Patharghata in New Town. They claimed to be coming from Rejinagar in Murshidabad and asked Chanchal to prepare a map of a land. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey provided the documents needed for the work and gave Rs 500 as advance. One of them gave a mobile number and claimed himself to be Rafikul Shaikh and left. On Sunday afternoon, Chanchal’s brother Debabrata, alias Debu, called Shaikh on that number and told the work was complete. They can take the map after paying the rest of the amount which was due — Rs 500. Shaikh told Debu that they would come around 7 pm. Debu informed his brother that Shaikh along with two persons would come to their home around 7:30 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen Debu handed over the map they asked where Chanchal was. As he was not there at that moment, Debu called his elder brother and asked him to come home. Within a few minutes Chanchal came and Debu went outside. Chanchal asked them to move inside and sit but they refused. All of a sudden one of the persons, who came with Shaikh, took out a firearm and fired three shots aiming Chanchal. Three of the bullets hit Chanchal’s stomach, chest and face. Debu claimed on hearing the gun shots he ran toward his home and found that the miscreants were about to flee. He obstructed one of them and a scuffle occurred. To free himself from Debu, the miscreant fired two rounds of bullets but missed. Later, he thrashed Debu on his head using the fire arm and fled. Locals claimed two bikes were parked outside that were used by the miscreants to flee. Chanchal was rushed to a hospital near Haldirams where the doctors declared him brought dead. However, police have not confirmed the claims. According to the police, after preliminary investigation it was found that two persons entered the house and one was waiting outside with a bike. Debu’s version was found to be self-contradictory. Sources informed that the sleuths are trying to figure the motive behind the murder. It is suspected that Chanchal was murdered over some business rivalry. It is also assumed that the someone or some persons hired contract killers to murder Chandan. On Monday, the forensic team and the sleuths from the Detective Department visited the spot and collected samples. “Probe is on. Nothing could be said as the investigation is at an early stage. It is suspected that the murder was committed over some business rivalry,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police.