Rail shell for car park
Father, daughter die in fall off roof
Twin house-tax reforms ahead
First the film, followed by the tale
The City Diary
Cameras roll as driving force returns
Post-graduate course plan in 3 more colleges
Lakhs stolen in double dacoities
Party architects turn back on Trinamul
State one up in medical seats row

Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Want to go to Zaranj for lunch or head for New Market for an afternoon out with the family? Paranoid about finding parking space? Simple, just drive down to the Metro!

To stop the parking peril in the Chowringhee area from driving people away, the Centre for Built Environment (CBE) has carved out a formula using the Metro Rail shell as the principal vehicle to tackle the parking issue in a “more user-friendly manner”.

The CBE’s prescription is to use the space between Park Street and Esplanade Metro stations below the road surface level and convert it into a parking-cum-shopping plaza.

“The space on top of the concrete Metro shell and below the road level can be utilised for parking. All that is required is building a few ramps leading underground, to transport the cars below,” says architect Unmesh Kirtikar of CBE, the brain behind the model.

CBE — which had sparked the Hooghly beautification drive by inviting London River Association president Jack Nicholson to the city — is convinced about the feasibility of the project. Senior architect and former chief architect, Calcutta Metropolitan Planning Organisation (which later became Town and Country Planning Department, Government of West Bengal), Santosh Ghosh is confident this design solution can be a prototype.

This can then be replicated in different pockets along the Metro spine — at stations where the ‘shell’ is 12 feet deep — to serve different purposes and cater to area-specific needs.

“In all major cities of the world with an underground railway system, the stations are always integrated with the surrounding areas. But in Calcutta, the Metro is a story of lost opportunities since the respective authorities never worked in tandem,” says Ghosh.

“Logistically, it’s quite simple and doesn’t entail any mega-construction activity. Whatever little needs to be done could also have been avoided had the Metro and the city civic authorities worked hand-in-hand when the tube rail plan was conceived,” says Kirtikar.

Such parking nodals can also be created in patches along Chowringhee beyond Jeevan Deep wherever required, to accommodate vehicles underground. The CBE formula has provisioned for shops all along the ventilated corridor at the parking level on the shell surface. “The idea is to create a continuous shopping experience for the pedestrian that starts right from the parking lot on the western side of Chowringhee and leads him to the Lindsay Street courtyard, emerging through colourful kiosks. The motorist will be game to park and walk a distance only if a chain of activity is created along the entire walkway, and the shopping experience begins for him the moment he gets out of his car,” adds Kirtikar.

The model also envisages a complete pedestrian zone to preserve the urban character of the Lindsay Street courtyard. Hence, cars will be banned in the territory flanked by Free School Street in the east, Chowringhee in the west, S.N. Banerjee Road in the north and Sudder Street in the south.

Without disturbing the streetscape, this model can engineer a “rejuvenation” for the entire Esplanade area, including the Oberoi Grand arcade, and the rebuilt Firpo’s, thanks to the increased pedestrian traffic in the area. “The vision of Esplanade can be revisited thus,” feel the architects working on the model. A similar link can open up in the Nandan-Rabindra Sadan cultural zone to create parking space and food courts. CBE will present this design solution to the Calcutta Municipal Corporation and the Metro Railway in a bid to “save the Lindsay Street-Esplanade zone”.

Vinod Kumar, general manager, Metro Railway, says: “We will definitely study the feasibility of any proposal which has a well-defined revenue model for the Metro. But, our engineers will have to first find out which of the nodes are technically suited to this design solution.”


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
A just-retired government officer and his mentally-challenged daughter fell from the roof of their third-floor flat in New Alipore on Saturday evening, throwing the police into a quandary over the probable cause of the deaths.

Officials have ruled out foul play, in the absence of even a single witness. Father Arun Basu and daughter Anamika were by themselves when they fell off the roof of the four-storeyed building, New Alipore police said.

Neighbours said the Basus were a “very unhappy” family. Arun Basu had retired about a year ago, Anamika was mentally-challenged, and elder brother Avijit was unemployed and recently separated from his wife. Only the youngest brother, Arijit, had a job with a hotel.

Police now surmise that one of the deaths, probably Anamika’s, could have been an accident.

“Probably, she fell off the roof. Her father realised what was happening when it was too late,” a New Alipore police officer surmised. “Maybe, he committed suicide,” he added.

There was another possibility of both the deaths being accidental. “Anamika could have strayed close to the edge and slipped. Her father could have made an unsuccessful attempt to stop her from toppling over. In the process, he may have fallen off,” the official said.

But, then again, it could have been a suicide pact by the father-daughter duo, officials said. “Without anyone around, we can only surmise the cause of the deaths,” they added.

“But what is confirmed is the father’s depression following his retirement and his anxiety over his daughter’s condition,” officials said.

Basu, police stated, quoting his relatives, retired as a Public Works Department assistant engineer last year and was “very worried” about who would look after his daughter after him. “He would often voice his concern to his sons and relatives,” one official said.

Basu was also worried about the direction his eldest son’s life was taking. “Avijit’s marriage had failed and he was unemployed,” the official said.

Neighbours in Dwarika Ghosh Lane said they heard two loud thuds around 7.45 p.m. “When we came out, it was too late,” one of them said.

“We are not ruling out anything at this point,” the police said. “But it may be very difficult for us to pinpoint the exact circumstances of the deaths, given the absence of any witness,” they added.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Carrying the drive against ‘inspector raj’ one step forward, the civic authorities are set to introduce two vital changes in the existing system of assessment of property tax and its revision at a regular interval. The aim is to spare house-owners “periodical harassment” at the hands of assessment inspectors.

“We are working towards amending the Calcutta Municipal Corporation Act, 1980, to make the exercise of assessment and revaluation more transparent,” said mayor Subrata Mukherjee. He made it clear that the Corporation was keen on scrapping the practice of revaluation of property tax every six years and replacing it with a two per cent annual hike.

Under the present Act, property tax is to be revised every six years. But it is seldom done regularly, creating a revaluation backlog, often stretching to 18 years and more. This puts house-owners in a spot when the assessment inspector comes knocking and a hefty arrears bill is slapped on them by the Corporation.

If a two per cent annual rise in the property tax is imposed, the scope for revaluation will be limited only to those buildings where additions and alterations have been made. “It will boost property-tax revenue collections by about Rs 1 crore a year,” said Mukherjee.

To make the system of calculating property tax more transparent, Mukherjee has decided to make the rate variable, in accordance with location and floor-area ratio (FAR) available under the existing rules of the Corporation, for a particular building.

“It is obvious that two identical buildings located in two different areas, like Beleghata and Ballygunge, cannot have the same tax burden,” said the mayor, justifying the “location” clause while calculating property tax. Similarly, two identical buildings in the same area should not have the same tax burden if one is located on the main road and the other in a narrow lane. “For all these factors, it is essential to review and revise the tax layers in accordance with the building rules,” said Mukherjee.

Shaktibrata Ghosh, officer-on-special duty (OSD) to the mayor, who has been entrusted with the task of drafting the amendment proposal, said: “The height of a building is restricted under the building rules, in accordance with the width of road in front of the premise.”

An estimate drawn up by the revenue department pegs the number of buildings in the city at 6.5 lakh, with three lakh in the ‘city proper’. “It is evident from the tax revenue that whereas the Corporation earns about Rs 160 crore annually as building tax from the city core area, it picks up no more than Rs 12 crore from the added areas of Behala, Garden Reach and Jadavpur,” said additional chief of municipal finance and accounts Abdul Ohid.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
They are jostling for space with the Amit Chaudhuris, Amitav Ghoshs and Khuswant Singhs on the bestseller bookshelves. If Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay seems to have got a new lease of life in English stores — and a whole new look, courtesy Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai — following the hype generated by Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Rs 50-crore magnum opus, little-known Narinder Dhami is basking in the afterglow of Bend It Like Beckham, the other screen success story this summer.

Both Devdas and Other Stories and Dhami’s Bend It… sold out from Oxford Bookstore in no time, giving Chaudhuri’s Real Time, Ghosh’s Imam and the Indian and Singh’s Truth, Love and a Little Malice a run for their money. Clearly, movie books are in, as publishers cash in on celluloid success.

“There was a rush for Devdas, the book, just before the film was released. Now, with the film doing well at the box-office, sales should be sustained for a while,” says S.G. Motwani, adviser to Oxford Bookstore. Motwani, though, is not too confident of Bend It, the book based on the original script penned by director Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindta. “It’s just a fad,” he waves. The fact that the film about a young Punjabi girl’s struggle to be a professional footballer has been reduced to a solitary noon show at Roxy, could also translate into a dip in book sales.

At Landmark, the entire first lot of Devdas and Other Stories was pre-ordered and the store has sought fresh stocks. Landmark CEO Gautam Jatia, however, feels book sales based on movie hits is not such a new phenomenon. “The Making of Sholay by Anupama Chopra, which was published by Viking about two years back, sold quite well and there are still enquiries for the book. In the West, films like Star Wars have often driven book sales. Here, we saw Lagaan do the trick,” says Jatia

Satyajit Bhatkal’s The Spirit of Lagaan by Popular Prakashan has already sold 254 copies from the Lord Sinha Road store and the authorities are set to issue fresh orders. While the pricing was right for the Lagaan book (Rs 250) and Aamir Khan did a high-profile promo trip to the city, other print spin-offs of Bollywood extravaganzas haven’t generated the same interest.

The Making of Asoka, penned by Mushtaq Shiekh and published by Harper Collins, hit the stands immediately after the movie hit the screen. “But, it didn’t do well, just like the Shah Rukh-Kareena starrer,” says Motwani.

Asoka and The Making of K3G, both coffee-table books, were weighed down by their identically hefty price tag of Rs 995. But publishers are not downcast. Penguin will go back to take this phenomenon forward by launching The Making of Mother India and lining up another collection of Sarat Chandra to make hay while Paro and Chandramukhi shine.

“The publishers send us book jackets in advance and we then keep a tab on how the film fares, before deciding on consignment sizes,” explains Jatia. The film engine driving book sales in town is not limited to Bollywood, either. Oscar-winning Hollywood movie A Beautiful Mind, written by Sylvia Nasar, is also fast disappearing off the shelves. Initially priced at Rs 634.90, the book has been reprinted by Faber & Faber and the tag scaled down to Rs 300. Landmark alone has sold more than 100 copies.

Perennial favourites like Godfather and Jaws — reinvented on the movie channels — and recent hits like Harry Potter and Spider-Man continue to rekindle interest in the print form, powering book sales. All 15 different Spider-Man titles, plus colouring books, are sold out at Landmark, after the film starring Toby Maguire spun a web of success.

Steven Spielberg’s Tom Cruise-starrer Minority Report, running at New Empire now, has spawned a book by Philip K. Dick, which also contains the story of Total Recall.

The Making of Asoka, penned by Mushtaq Shiekh and published by Harper Collins, hit the stands immediately after the movie hit the screen. “But, it didn’t do well, just like the Shah Rukh-Kareena starrer,” says Motwani.

Asoka and The Making of K3G, both coffee-table books, were weighed down by their identically hefty price tag of Rs 995. But publishers are not downcast. Penguin will go back to take this phenomenon forward by launching The Making of Mother India, the Mehboob Khan-classic starring Nargis and Sunil Dutt. The publishing house is reportedly lining up another collection of Sarat Chandra to make hay while Paro and Chandramukhi shine.

“The publishers send us book jackets in advance and we then keep a tab on how the film fares, before deciding on consignment sizes,” explains Jatia.

The film engine driving book sales in town is not limited to Bollywood, either. Oscar-winning Hollywood movie A Beautiful Mind, written by Sylvia Nasar, is also fast disappearing off the shelves. Initially priced at Rs 634.90, the book has been reprinted by Faber & Faber and the tag scaled down to Rs 300. Landmark alone has sold more than 100 copies.

Perennial favourites like Godfather and Jaws -- reinvented on the movie channels -- and recent hits like Harry Potter and Spider-Man continue to rekindle interest in the print form, powering book sales. With the Godfather series a regular on TV, interest in other Mario Puzo titles like The Sicilian and Fools Die has also risen. All 15 different Spider-Man titles, plus colouring books, are sold out at Landmark, after the film starring Toby Maguire spun a web of success.

The Harry Potter phenomenon was “a near-perfect combination” of the book compelling J.K. Rowling fans to flock to the halls hosting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and cine-goers stopping over at stores to pick up books, CD-ROMs, toys, the works to spend more time with the bespectacled 11-year-old wizard.

Steven Spielberg’s Tom Cruise-starrer Minority Report, running at New Empire now, has also spawned a book by Philip K. Dick published by Gollancz. The collection also contains We Can Remember It For You wholesale, made by into the Arnold Swarzenegger superhit Total Recall, by Paul Verhoeven.    


Man swallows false tooth, dies

Sheikh Mumtaz, 42, died after he swallowed a false tooth while eating dinner at home in the Kidderpore area on Saturday. Deputy commissioner of police (port) H.P. Singh said that Mumtaz, originally from Jehanabad, in Bihar, was a supplier of incense sticks. The police have registered a case of unnatural death.

Newspaper godown gutted

A massive fire ravaged a newspaper godown on B.K. Pal Avenue early on Sunday morning. The fire started around 4.55 am and quickly spread to other pockets, before fire-fighters could be summoned. The blaze was brought under control after 7.30 in the morning. No one was injured in the fire, but firemen had a trying time confining the blaze to the godown.

Knocked down

A 61-year-old man, later identified as P.B. Roy, was knocked down by a tram near Moulali early on Sunday. Police said Roy was crossing the road and was caught between the tram and a speeding bus. When he tried to squeeze out, he slipped and fell on the tracks. His legs were crushed under the wheels of the tram. Bystanders rushed him to NRS Hospital.

Gunshot victim

Businessman Pintu Bera, 40, shot by assailants at Shyamapally, in Behala, on Friday, succumbed to his injuries in a city hospital on Sunday. Three persons were arrested for the attack.

Airport X-rays

Three new colour X-ray machines have been installed at the baggage check-up hold of the city airport. A supervisor will check these sophisticated machines with the power of central monitoring and the data collected by the machine will be analysed and investigated immediately.

Murder probe

A team of sleuths visited the house at Haritakitala, in Sonarpur, where two women, Tarubala Bhattacharya and her daughter-in-law Dipali, were murdered on Friday night. Forensic experts will visit the house on Monday.    

Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Tollywood’s driving force has returned and the cameras are rolling once again.

The drivers of cars being used in films and serials put off their strike temporarily from Saturday evening for “negotiations with producers to thrash out the problem.”

Industry officers said work on mega-serials and a couple of feature films resumed on Saturday evening. The Tollygunge studios are heavily booked on Monday, with serial directors rushing to complete work hampered by the strike.

“We have given the producers and production managers a week’s time to pay increased rates to the drivers. They will resume work now,’’ said a spokesman of the drivers’ guild, after Saturday’s meeting with the association.

The drivers’ guild had struck work from Thursday evening, saying that they were being paid “extremely low wages”. The guild had accused the production managers and producers’ lobby of scuttling an agreement, reached on May 5, on paying Rs 100 a day to the drivers.

Some of the drivers, angry at not being paid the rates agreed on, had assaulted a production manager, Bablu Hazra, on Tuesday. This led to the impasse. Industry sources said work on two dozen serials and five feature films was affected because of the strike.

Mahendra Soni of the Eastern India Motion Pictures Association said producers lost Rs 5 lakh for each day of the strike.

But the problem has not been resolved completely. Soni insisted that the producers would not yield to “the unjustified demands of the drivers.”

He said producers pay Rs 275 plus the cost of fuel to the drivers and will carry on doing so. “We are prepared to talk, but the ball is in their court now. They can take it or leave it,’’ Soni said.

Production managers say their stand is very clear. “We can pay the enhanced rates to the drivers only if the producers are willing to cough up the amount. We cannot pay them from our pockets,’’ said Sujit Hazra, of the production managers’ guild.

Film directors in Tollywood were happy that the drivers had lifted the strike and were ready to “negotiate” on their demands.

“It is in the fitness of things that work should resume at Tollywood. The industry is in bad shape and strikes will cripple it further,’’ opined Haranath Chakraborty, director of recent hits like Saathi, Pratibad and Dada Thakur.

Small-screen actresses Debleena Dutt and Oindrilla Dutta welcomed the resumption of work. “We have fallen back on shooting schedules. Now I can start shooting for Ganowaali in Baruipur,’’ Oindrilla said.

Industry insiders said technicians, spot-boys and hairdressers had “forced’’ the drivers to call off their strike and “sit at the table for negotiations.’’


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Bowing to pressure from numerous successful candidates denied admission to its post-graduate courses, Calcutta University is working on a plan to introduce the courses in three more city-based colleges — Asutosh College, Barasat Government College and Manindra Chandra College. The university authorities have already introduced post-graduate courses in Presidency, Maulana Azad and Dinabandhu Andrews colleges.

“Unable to accommodate all those who fare well in the undergraduate examinations, we are seriously considering proposals for introducing post-graduate courses in colleges,” said university vice-chancellor Ashis Banerjee on Sunday.

He has received letters from Asutosh College, Barasat Government College and Manindra Chandra College seeking “our approval for launching post-graduate courses”.

Pro-vice chancellor (academic) Suranjan Das later said the university authorities will send a team of experts to the respective colleges after the Syndicate finally greenlights the proposals at its meeting, slated for August 20 . “If the experts okay the opening of the courses in the colleges after examining their infrastructure, only then shall we proceed,” he added.

Shyamapada Pal, a member of the Syndicate, said during the day that the university had approved the introduction of post-graduate courses in three new subjects — English, Bengali and applied economics — in Presidency College. Now, physics, chemistry, zoology and geology are being taught in the college.

Officers said this was the only alternative left with the university for accommodating a vast number of candidates scoring high marks in under-graduate examinations, particularly in science subjects. There are 220 under-graduate colleges in the city and in the districts.

According to Das, whereas Asutosh College wants to open post-graduate courses in five subjects — zoology, bio-technology, environmental science, English and geography — Barasat College would like to introduce a post-graduate course in botany. Manindra Chandra College has opted for English.

Asutosh College principal Debabrata Chowdhury later claimed that the institution has the requisite infrastructure for opening post-graduate courses in all five subjects. “We have well-equipped laboratories for all the four science subjects. For conducting the post-graduation course in English, we have decided to purchase a three-storey building on Harish Mukherjee Road. It has about 18 rooms to accommodate students,” he said.

Chowdhury said he had already spoken to two well-known teachers of English — Malini Bhattacharya of Jadavpur University and Gargi Nath of Jogamaya Devi College — to employ them on contract. “We are ready and are just awaiting the university’s approval,” he added.

Kunal Sen, head of the department of botany in Barasat College, admitted having approached Calcutta University for opening the post-graduate course in the subject. “Post-graduation in botany is available only in Presidency College and Calcutta University Science College. If this is introduced in our college, it will cater to the needs of thousands of students based in Calcutta and its neighbourhoods,” he said.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Burrabazar and Taltala were the scenes of twin dacoities over the weekend, police said. A gang of four, brandishing revolvers, entered a gaddi in the Burrabazar area and escaped with Rs 5 lakh on Saturday night. In Taltala, another gang raided a shop selling chicken on Sunday afternoon and left with Rs 1.5 lakh. Deputy commissioner of police, central, Zulfiquar Hasan, said an employee of the Taltala shop and another man have been arrested.

Four young men stormed into the trading establishment on the first floor of a house on Mahatma Gandhi Road, in Burrabazar. They went straight for the cash box and took away Rs 5 lakh, an officer of Burrabazar police station said. Witnesses said employees and the businessman raised an alarm when the gang was running down the stairs. Local people tried to chase them but the dacoits exploded two bombs and fled. According to the police, this happened at 9 pm, though local people maintained it was 9.30 when the gaddi was being closed.

This is the second successive dacoity in the area. Criminals decamped with several lakhs from a Posta shop the same afternoon.

In Taltala, four armed men entered an Arambagh Hatcheries shop on S.N. Banerjee Road on Sunday afternoon. Police said an employee of the shop was in cahoots with the gang. At that point of time, the Left Front rally was moving towards Brigade Parade ground. The shop manager shouted for help and bystanders chased the gang. A man who was caught was taken to New Market police station. During interrogation, he revealed that a shop employee was in league with them.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Mamata Banerjee today received a jolt with the architects of the Trinamul Congress in Nadia and Jalpaiguri districts rejoining the parent party.

Gouri Dutta of Nadia and Kishan Kalyani of Jalpaiguri played key roles in building the Trinamul organisation in the two districts much to the discomfort of the ruling Left Front and the Congress.

When the two leaders had joined Mamata’s party, Dutta was the chairman of Krishnagar municipality and Kalyani was an AICC member. In Trinamul, Dutta was a member of the party’s disciplinary cell, the committee on municipal affairs and was in charge of distributing the party’s grass-and-flower symbol during the last panchayat polls in Nadia.

With Dutta, two Trinamul councillors of Krishnagar — Shashi Gopal Sarkar and Mithu Ghosh — also rejoined the Congress.

Besides, Abul Basar Laskar, former Congress MLA from South 24-Parganas who left the party to join Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party during the Assembly polls last year, joined the parent party today.

State Congress president Pranab Mukherjee formally readmitted the former Congressmen and said the party would fare better in the forthcoming panchayat polls in the state.

Mukherjee said Trinamul was facing a crisis and its leadership was confused. “Mamata Banerjee and those around her are suffering from indecision. Since 1997, those who left Congress to join Trinamul thought it would be a better platform to combat the communists. But the Trinamul’s humiliating defeat in last year’s Assembly polls shattered such dreams. So our folks who left us are coming back.”

Former Congress chief Somen Mitra said ever since the last Assembly polls, not a single party worker had crossed over to Trinamul. “Instead, we are finding more and more Trinamul workers are joining the Congress,” he added.

Both Dutta and Kalyani said it was a “mistake” to join Trinamul.

Dutta said Trinamul was gradually turning into a “strange” party. “Just imagine if Dhanbad goes to Hajipur, the BJP is bad. But if Dhanbad remains with Eastern Railway, the BJP is good. Have you seen such double standards in any other party?” he asked.

However, Trinamul leaders did not feel that Dutta and Kalyani’s defections would bring about instability in the party. “The Trinamul family is intact and we are not viewing their defections as something earth-shaking,” said Ashish Chakraborty, a general secretary of the party.

The Congress camp was, however, jubilant. A few hundred supporters of Dutta and Kalyani shouted slogans and crammed the second-floor hall of Congress Bhavan where the state party chief had called a press conference.

Petrol pump probe

The state Congress held an extended meeting of its executive committee and demanded that the petrol pump scam be investigated by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. The party also demanded petroleum minister Ram Naik’s resignation.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
This is one Centre-state battle appearing to go the state government’s way with the former giving all signs of blinking first.

After raising serious question on the infrastructure of two state-run undergraduate medical colleges that taught 100 students each in every batch and telling them to admit 50 instead, the Centre appeared to back out of the fight by signalling implicitly to the state government that the colleges could, after all, admit 100 students this academic session.

Both the Bankura Sammilani Medical College and the North Bengal Medical College, like others in the state, have 15 per cent of their seats reserved for students from the Central quota. The Union ministry of health and family welfare, despite limiting the number of admissions for the current academic session, has sent 15 students each to the two colleges. The figure, evidently, is 15 per cent of 100, the original admission figure, and not 15 per cent of the reduced admission figure of 50.

Implicit in the move, say senior state health department officials, is the “tacit admission” of vindication of the state government’s stand. “If the Centre was serious about limiting the number of admissions, why have they sent the full quota of students instead of sending a number that would have been 15 per cent of the reduced number of seats?” one of the officials asked.

“If the Centre was really serious about carrying the threat — of limiting the number of admissions to the two colleges to 50 — to its logical conclusion, the number of students the two colleges should have got from the Central pool was 7.5 (either seven or eight, which is 15 per cent of 50),” he explained.

Though officials say there could have been a communication gap between the health ministry, which sent the reduce-admission stricture, and the agency responsible for filling up the Central-quota seats, they add the chances of “such a goof-up in such a serious matter” appear remote.

“We are just waiting for the formal go-ahead (to admit 100 seats like last year) now,” an official said. “For all practical purposes, the Centre seems to have climbed down from its earlier stand.”

Director-general of health services S.K. Rao had sent the circular to limit the number of admissions after a Medical Council of India team, following an inspection, reported that the two colleges did not have adequate infrastructure to admit 100 students this academic session.

The two colleges, instead, were asked to take in only 50 students each and “rectify the deficiencies pointed out at the earliest”.

Both colleges, however, admitted 100 students each with the bottom-50 in each college being asked to sign a bond, declaring they knew they were filling up seats that may not be recognised by the MCI.


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