Kolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will give green tokens to those who have successfully maintained the saplings that were given to them in 2017 as part of its massive afforestation drive jointly with the state Forest department.Those who can obtain two out of the three green tokens will be given T-shirt and other gifts to encourage them to grow plants with care. Five young mothers and their daughters were given saplings under the Sabujshree project at a function held near the Clock Tower in New Town on Saturday afternoon. The unique project is an initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee where young mothers and their daughters are given saplings. The family is supposed to grow the tree and when the girl child attains the age of 18 years, the family can sell the tree to help her study further. The NKDA will distribute a pack of 25 saplings among schools, colleges and other institutions in New Town as part of the drive. It has also taken steps for avenue plantation. All those who attended the function were given two saplings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe NKDA will set up an urban pocket garden near the Clock Tower and senior officials will plant saplings for the same.New Town is coming up as a green city and various measures have already been taken in this regard. There is waste water recycling and the recycled water is being used to water the roadside plants. LED lamps have been installed to bring down pollution levels.Bicycles have been introduced as part of the cycle sharing scheme. Electric air-conditioned buses have been introduced and e-cars will soon be launched. Eco Park has also been developed as the biggest urban park in eastern India.
Kolkata: The Bengal government has submitted a report to the office of the Election Commission stating that steps have been taken against all potential trouble-mongers across the state.The Election Commission had earlier instructed senior officials of the state government to take adequate measures and arrest the trouble-mongers who could trigger violence during the polls. The Commission also instructed senior police officers of the state to execute all the non-bailable cases which were still pending in the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt was learnt that more than 20,000 trouble-mongers have been identified both by the city and the district police. The Election Commission also wanted to know from senior police officers in the state if any steps were taken against the miscreants. A report was also sought from them. It can be mentioned here that during his recent visit to the state, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain had asked Director General of Police Virendra and the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma to ensure that all the trouble-mongers should be sent behind bars as a pre-emptive measure ahead of elections. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateVarious political parties also raised a number of issues including the intimidation of voters with the Election Commission. It was also learnt that during his meeting with the election officials, Jain expressed his dissatisfaction over the implementation of the non-bailable cases in some districts. The districts like South 24-Parganas, East and West Burdwan were identified as having a huge number of trouble-mongers. In the report submitted to the Commission by the state government, officials claimed that steps have been taken against all the potential trouble-mongers. Recently-appointed Special Central Police Observer in the state Vivek Dubey also took a stock of the overall law and order situation in the state and also on various pending cases. The full Bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in February held meetings with the top government officials and issued necessary instructions on what measures need to be taken to ensure a free and fair election. The ECI full Bench also discussed the law and order situation in the state.