Dear Readers of my blog,
First, my apologies for putting up a new post after a really long gap. I am sure that going by the number of people who actually read my blog; I would classify you as rare beings. And the world knows that the rare beings deserve more attention than I could show in the past months.
On the personal front, I have shifted my base to NewTown. It’s back to it’s old name – NewTown after digressing to a not so cool Jyoti-Basu-Nagar because of the political compulsions the previous regime had. It’s been 6 months here and I have been staying almost continuously barring a 45 day period when I went to meet Uncle Sam. Now that I have settled here, I thought of putting up something for the interest of general public (Okay, the miniscule percentage of general public who bother to read my blog!)
To start with, I would like to congratulate Mamata Banerjee for changing the name back to what it was. ‘NewTown’ sounds much better than ‘JyotiBasuNagar’. It’s not that we prefer an english name because of our colonial hangover. It’s because, there is no point in associating someone who did nothing for West Bengal to a highly ambititous project of the government of West Bengal.
Mamata di, you did this with the precision of a surgeon. I saw the name-plates of HICO Bhavan modified overnight and NewTown Kolkata Development Authority getting back a fresh new sign-board just like that. I was equally amazed by how you handled the media – didn’t see a single article on this issue. Okay, cynics would say that Bengal media was always a purchasable commodity. Even then, it was political move that deserves the appreciation of all the residents of NewTown.
Then, as I was getting more and more amazed with your political acumen; I was struck again by another move of yours which was an epitome of immaculate administration! You moved WBHIDCO to urban development ministry clearly indicating that the job here is to develop a township and not just a collection of housing societies; something which Gautam Deb clearly forgot! You hired a non-political boss, Sri Debasis Sen. A little scouting on the internet would show that he is a regular blogger. We couldn’t have imagined a prinicipal secretary blogging in the previous regime! Kudos to you. And then, as I searched the internet more and more, I found HIDCO planning to implement ERP, hiring PMUs etc.
With the pace the top bosses were changing the things, the ground staff couldn’t have left behind. I see a lot of work going around from infrastructural point of view at NewTown. I don’t have the time and resources to dig into each one of them, but I can clearly see and understand that NewTown under the new regime is clearly on focus. Lots of work happening and I am sure that it’s going to be the next big thing of India – probably better than Gurgaon or Noida.
My best wishes; and I hope that I would see the postive attitude of the management at HIDCO being percolated down to the grass root level!
PS: – I forgot to mention Rabindra Tirtha, KMOMA and the eco park at lake Nucifera. Once developed, they are bound to generate some good revenue and fill up government cash reserves.