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Park entry fee put off after outcry

lThe authorities at Banabitan in Salt Lake have decided to drop plans to impose an entry fee at the park. “Taking public sentiments into consideration, we have cancelled the proposal to impose fees for morning walkers,” G.B. Thapliyal, principal chief conservator of forests, said on Monday. However, the increased fee for visitors after 8 am, will be taken at the increased rate of Rs 10 from January, instead of the present Rs 5. A controversy started after the authorities planned to impose an entry fee of Rs 5 for morning-walkers. But protests from residents forced a temporary rollback and a notice was issued in December that Rs 2 would be charged from 5 am to 8 am. “We received a mass petition and numerous phone calls from Salt Lake residents on Tuesday, urging us to withdraw the decision,” a senior forest official said.

Auto-Matador collision

Five persons were injured in an accident at Sonarpur on Tuesday evening. Police said the injured were travelling in an auto-rickshaw which collided with a Matador van. They were admitted to a local hospital. The driver could not be arrested as he had fled leaving the vehicle behind.

Tourist injured

Biraj Dutta of Baranagar was seriously injured on Sunday when the Tata Sumo in which he was travelling fell into a ditch in Kalimpong, sub divisional police officer, Belgharia, Basab Dasgupta said on Tuesday. Dutta had gone to Darjeeling with his family members. From there he went alone to Kalimpong where he had the accident. The car was smashed. Dutta and the driver were admitted to a local hospital.

Free blood

The Indian Association of Blood Cancer and Allied Diseases will supply safe blood and blood components free to cancer patients as well as those suffering from thalassaemia and haemophilia from December 25 to 29. Anybody willing to avail of this facility will have to call at the Indian Blood Bank on 81 C, Narkeldanga Main Road, near Salt Lake Stadium.

JU convocation

Governor Viren. J. Shah on Tuesday decried the trend of brain drain from West Bengal and urged students not to move to the West. Shah was addressing the 47th annual convocation of Jadavpur University (JU) on Tuesday. The university awarded post-graduate and under-graduate degrees to 3,100 students. B. Bhattacharjee, director, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai was present as chief guest.

Aid for SSKM victim

Surgeon-superintendent of SSKM Hospital Debdwaipayan Chattopadhyay on Tuesday handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 to the sons of Menoka Das who was killed last week after a chunk of concrete fell on her head at Ronald Ross building. Health minister Suryja Kanta Mishra announced that the government would pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased. Das, a resident of Howrah, met with the accident when she came to the hospital for treatment. Officials said a cheque for Rs 30,000 has already been handed over to the Das’ son, and the remaining amount will be paid later.

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