Green bench prod on old car phase-out lThe green bench of Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the state government to file a report outlining its plans about phasing out old vehicles, including taxis. The bench also inquired about the government’s action plan to control emission from state buses and government vehicles, to stop non-commercial vehicles manufactured prior to 1975 and to enforce the catalytic converter-rule for two and three-wheelers. The order was passed on the basis of a report placed before the court by an expert committee comprising then joint commissioner of traffic police V.V. Thambi, chief traffic and transportation engineer A.K. Bhattacharya, director of public vehicle T.V. Venkataraman and seven other eminent Calcuttans. The green bench had appointed environment activist Subhas Dutta amicus curea in the pollution case. On Friday, Dutta told the bench comprising Chief Justice A.K. Mathur and Justice J. Biswas that the expert committee had submitted its report on polluting old vehicles two years ago, but the government had not taken any action in this regard.
Cut in holidays, bonus at CMC More than 45,000 civic employees will get half of last year’s bonus and less Puja holidays this year. According to mayor Subrata Mukherjee, the CMC is following the state government’s order in this regard. Besides, unlike previous years, CMC offices will remain open on October 17,18 and 19 between Dashami and Lakshmi Puja.
Pond fill-up protest Residents of the Picnic Garden area launched a protest against the filling up of a pond close to Kushtia Road, which they said was a debuttar property. They alleged that a CPM and a Trinamul Congress councillor were instrumental in filling up the 10-bigha pond to construct a housing complex there.
New consulate The Republic of Belarus will have a honorary consulate office in Calcutta from Wednesday. Ambassador of the country to India, Uladzimir A. Sakalou-ski, will inaugurate the consulate office at Tower House, Chowringhee Square.
More coaches In view of growing rush of passengers to north Bengal, Eastern Railway will add five coaches to Darjeeling Mail from October 8. The addition will consist of three sleepers, one AC three-tier and one ordinary second-class coach.
Pirated CDs The police seized pirated CDs, valued at Rs 4 lakh, from a shop at Chandni Chowk on Friday. One person was arrested.
Thumbs Up O international association of lions clubs for organising a free health check-up camp for schoolchildren at Sonarpur, for 400 children