৩০ অগস্টের পর থেকে প্যাংগং হ্রদের দক্ষিণে উঁচু জায়গাগুলিতে ঘাঁটি করেছে ভারতীয় সেনা।
নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদন: নিজেরাই নিজেদের স্মার্টকার্ড ইস্যু করতে পারবেন যাত্রীরা। আগামী ১৪ সেপ্টেম্বর থেকে সাধারণ যাত্রীদের জন্য খুলে দেওযা হচ্ছে মেট্রো পরিষেবা। আর তার আগেই এমনটা জানালো মেট্রোরেল কর্তৃপক্ষ। তাঁদের তরফে জানানো হয়েছে যাত্রীদের টিকিট কাউন্টারে দাঁড়ানোর প্রয়োজন নেই।
এসপ্ল্যানেড, পার্কস্ট্রিট, রবীন্দ্র সদন, কালীঘাট, রবীন্দ্র সরোবর, টালিগঞ্জ এই ছটি স্টেশনে থাকবে বিশেষ ব্যবস্থা। থাকবে বিশেষ মেশিন। সেখান থেকেই যাত্রীরা নিজেদের নতুন স্মার্টকার্ড ইস্যু করতে পারবেন। এমনকী যাঁরা অলাইন স্মার্টকার্ড রিচার্জ করতে পারবেন না, তাঁরাও এই মেশিনের সাহায্যেই স্মার্টকার্ড রিচার্জ করে নিতে পারবেন।
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উল্লেখ্য, সোমবার থেকে শুরু হচ্ছে মেট্রো পরিষেবা। নিউ নর্মালে কোভিড বিধি মেনে চলবে মেট্রো। সংক্রমণ রোধে স্টেশনে থাকছে একাধিক ব্যবস্থা? কীভাবে একজন যাত্রী মেট্রোয় উঠবেন? যাত্রাকালে কী ধরনের সতর্কতা অবলম্বন করবেন? পুঙ্খানুপুঙ্খ ভাবে জানানো হয়েছে মেট্রো কর্তৃপক্ষের তরফে।
আনলক ৪-এ নর্থ-সাউথ মেট্রোর পাশাপাশি সোমবার থেকে চালু হচ্ছে ইস্ট-ওয়েস্ট মেট্রো। সল্টলেক স্টেডিয়াম থেকে সেক্টর ফাইভ স্টেশনের মধ্যে পরিষেবা চালু থাকবে। ওই রুটে যাত্রী সংখ্যা যেহেতু এমনিতেই কম, তাই ভিড় নিয়ন্ত্রণে ইপাসের কড়াকড়ি থাকছে না। কলকাতা মেট্রোর জেনারেল ম্যানেজার মনোজ জোশী একথা জানিয়েছেন।
করোনার প্রকোপ থাকলেও, পুজোর আগেই ফুলবাগান থেকে সেক্টর ফাইভ পর্যন্ত মেট্রো পরিষেবা শুরু হয়ে যাবে বলে জানান তিনি। অতিমারীর আবহে, চোদ্দ তারিখ নতুন চ্যালেঞ্জ নিয়ে ট্র্যাকে নামার আগে তেরোই সেপ্টেম্বর একপ্রস্থ পরীক্ষা হয়ে যাবে মেট্রোর। কারণ ওইদিন মেডিক্যালে ভর্তির জন্য সর্বভারতীয় স্তরে নিট পরীক্ষা। কলকাতা মেট্রো কর্তৃপক্ষের তরফে জানানো হয়েছে, তেরোই সেপ্টেম্বর নিট পরীক্ষার দিন সকাল দশটা থেকে সন্ধে সাতটা পর্যন্ত পরিষেবা মিলবে।
The martyrs were identified as Sudhir Kumar Tudu (28) and Debashish Sethy (27), both commandos of the special operation group (SOG), a specialized anti-Naxal force of the state police.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolences. “Salute to the martyrdom of Debashish Sethy of Angul & Sudhir Kumar Tudu of Mayurbhanj who laid down their lives fighting against left wing extremists. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred jawans. #Odisha will remember the sacrifice of its brave sons,” Naveen Patnaik tweeted.
Salute to the martyrdom of Debashish Sethy of Angul & Sudhir Kumar Tudu of Mayurbhanj who laid down their lives fig… https://t.co/h67Udao2QZ
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) 1599728316000
Director general of police (DGP) Abhay among other senior police officers rushed to Kalahandi on Thursday and paid homage to the martyred SOG jawans. “We are proud of our brave hearts. They attained martyrdom while fighting bravely with the Maoists. They exhibited exemplary courage. This is the reason why we hold our head high today. We salute them,” Abhay said. Abhay along with intelligence director R K Sharma and IG (operations) Amitabh Thakur later took stock of the anti-Maoist strategies in Kalahandi.
Death of the two cops is this year’s first casualty from the side of the state police while combating left-wing extremism (LWE).
Till filing of the report, the identities of the five suspected Maoists, who were killed in the exchange of fire on Wednesday, were not ascertained. The deceased included four women. “We have managed to find out names of two of the deceased. But we are further verifying their details. They are suspected to be members of Bansadhara- Ghumusar-Nagavali (BGN) division,” another police officer said.
Left-wing extremism (LWE) related violence has significantly declined in the state in the last few years. At least 13 Maoists have so far been killed in different districts this year. Casualties of suspected Maoists stood at 19 in 2018 and 8 in 2019. Wednesday’s exchange of fire was the third major anti-Maoist operation in the state in the last two months. Five suspected Maoists, including two women were gunned down in Kandhamal district on July 5. The security personnel again killed two suspected left-wing extremists in a forest of Tumudibandha area in Kandhamal district on July 23.
He took the test yesterday and it confirmed the infection today. He is in home isolation at the moment,” the senior official of the city police force said.
Sharma had attended the “Police Day” programme held at the state secretariat on Tuesday, in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other senior officials were present. SCH NN NN
The coronavirus tally also mounted to 1,93,175 after 3,112 people from various parts of the state tested positive for the contagion.
Since Wednesday, 3,035 patients recovered from the infection taking the discharge rate to 85.95 per cent.
The number of active cases stood at 23,377, the bulletin said.
During the last 24 hours, 44,347 samples were tested for Covid-19 in West Bengal.
The civic body has engaged Jagruti Welfare Organisation for this work. Jagruti has deployed dedicated vehicles for transportation of the bio-medical waste to the waste disposal centre at Tangiapada near Khurda.
The bio-medical waste will be collected through double layered non-chlorinated disposable plastic bags from all the houses where Covid patients are under home isolation. One vehicle will cover around 100 houses. The vehicles will be sanitized after each trip according to the guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
BMC will issue standard operating procedure from time to time for increasing the efficiency of the work. The organization will be engaging four vehicles for this purpose. If home isolation cases increase, BMC will add more number of vehicles. It will pay Rs 5,750 per vehicle to Jagruti for collection of bio-medical waste in the city per a month.
The civic body will provide the list of home isolation patients with their address and contact information to Jagruti on daily basis and appoint one nodal officer for monitoring this. Patients should dispose off all its bio-medical waste in the polythene bags provided by Jagurti instead of mixing it with general household waste.
According to CPCB, biomedical waste at home-isolation shall comprise used syringes, date expired or discarded medicines, used masks/gloves and in case of patients with other chronic diseases may also include drainage bags, urine bags, body fluid or blood-soaked tissues/cotton and empty ampules.
Every September 10 is observed worldwide as Suicide Prevention Day. But this year is significant as the pandemic has pushed people to depression. Lifeline Foundation that offers emotional support to callers who may be depressed, distressed or suicidal has during the pandemic seen a 60% jump in calls and nearly 100% increase in callers who feel suicidal.
Between April and August, 48 suicides have been reported from the city, said Kolkata Police.
“Before the pandemic, we received calls from people who faced a myriad issues. But the situation turned more complex during lockdown. There were financial issues, job losses, insecurity about future, sharing of laptop, lack of space and privacy. Even regular issues became more frustrating. There was self discovery and self degradation. There were also families that were separated due to the lockdown,” recounted Lifeline Foundation deputy director Manjit Lachwani. Not only has the calls to Lifeline increased in past five months, duration of calls have also increased from 15-20 minutes to 30-35 minutes.
At Swayam, a women’s rights organization, mental health consultant Chandana Bakshi saw suicidal ideation among callers spike as women faced domestic violence and social isolation during lockdown. “Suicide is not just a mental health issue. It is a social one as well. There are three types of people who feel suicidal: those who suffer from acute depression; those who are unable to deal with certain situations and those for whom reality is impaired. Social isolation during lockdown aggravated condition of all three categories,” she said.
Calling on people to wear yellow on Thursday, singer Usha Uthup said the city needed to express its support to those who suffered from mental illness.
Speaking to reporters, Joshi said Metro Railway will run 110 services on the Noapara-Kavi Subhash line every day, except Sundays when operations will remain shut for sanitisation of rakes and stations.
“Between Noapara and Kavi Subhash, 55 trains will run in each direction starting from 8am. The last train will leave the terminal stations on both ends at 7pm,” he said.
Preparations underway at the metro stations of #KolkataMetro as it gears up to resume services from September 14 fo… https://t.co/MfRDaxdK1d
— TOI Kolkata (@TOIKolkata) 1599748114000
Operations will also recommence on the East-West line from September 14 between Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium stations with 36 services in each direction.
The first train will leave at 8am and the last train of the day will depart the terminal stations at both ends at 7.40pm. The services will be available between Monday and Saturday, he said.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal urged passengers to follow the dos and don’ts to ensure safe travel.
“Kolkata Metro back on track: To ensure safe Metro travel, follow all the Dos and Don’ts. This is for your own safety,” Goyal tweeted, asking people to travel responsibly and sensibly.
Joshi said that trains will run on the Noapara-Kavi Subhash line at an interval of 10 minutes during peak hours and will have stoppages of 30 seconds at each station instead of the previous 20 seconds, in order to avoid the rush for boarding or deboarding.
Metro services on both the lines have remained suspended since March 23 when the nationwide lockdown was announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bookings for e-passes will commence from Sunday and a passenger can book both onward and return journeys, Joshi said.
The e-passes can be booked from the ‘Pathadisha’ mobile app. Entry to the metro stations will only be allowed on showing the e-passes.
Only smart cards will be allowed for travelling on the metro, an official said.
The Metro Railway has decided to allow a maximum 400 passengers at a time in its trains to avoid crowding and to maintain COVID-related norms.
Asked about the possible revenue loss owing to the reduced number of passengers and also services, Joshi said that the safety of the people is of foremost importance.
He said that in case of requirement, the Metro authorities will request the Railway Ministry for requisite funds.
The Metro authorities have announced special services for NEET examinees and their guardians on September 13 between 10 am and 7 pm at intervals of 15 minutes.
The Metro Railway has issued a set of dos and don’ts for passengers.
The passengers will have to wear masks covering face and nose, and will have to sanitise their hands from sanitiser dispensers placed at each platform before boarding a train, according to a Metro official.
Passengers will have to get their body temperature checked through thermal screening at the time of entry to a metro station and will have to use specified gates for entry and exit, the official said.
The Metro authorities said that passengers having fever, cough or cold should not undertake a journey in its trains.
It said that elders and children should also not travel on the metro.
করোনা পরিস্থিতিতে রাস্তায় নেমে কাজ করছেন পুলিস কর্মীরা।
Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken up construction of a water reservoir and booster pumping station for residents of these areas who still depend on ground water. Apart from supplying potable water to large areas under Ward 57, the booster pumping station will put an end to water scarcity in several parts of Beliaghata which fall under wards 35 and 36. According an estimate by KMC water supply department, the proposed reservoir and booster pumping station will cater to drinking water needs of around 50,000 people. According to a KMC official, the construction will be over by the end of 2022 for which the civic body will need to spend Rs 22 crore.
“We had long been searching for land for construction of a water reservoir and booster pumping station which will replace ground water in large areas of Beliaghata and some parts of EM Bypass. After we found land near Sealdah railway station, we decided to set it up to mitigate water scarcity in large parts of Beliaghata and EM Bypass. Residents staying on both sides of Canal East Road and Canal West Road will also get benefitted,” a KMC water supply department official said.
The booster pumping station will also replace tube-wells and thus restrict use of ground water which has fast been depleting. “Several large housing complexes in Beliaghata and in areas off Bypass under three KMC wards are still drawing ground water. The project will take potable water to the residents of these housing complexes and at the same time augment supply of water,” said a KMC water supply department official.
Ashok Gupta, a resident of a housing complex in Beliaghata, felt the construction of the booster pumping station would benefit hundreds of residents of the housing complex.