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Calcutta had witnessed phenomenal growth in the fields of commerce, industry, transport, health, education, amenities, public utilities, waterways, ports, literature, art and culture, which continues even today. Colonial development of Calcutta started in the 18th century with the construction of several buildings and it became the nerve centre of administration for Continental India. It was called the ‘city of palaces’ and was developed as second only to London, remnants of which are still quite visible even today. Several institutions were established in the early 19th century and further development occurred with the introduction of state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities.
Calcutta also sustained political events and calamities, e.g. partition of Bengal (1905), shifting of the capital (1911), Indian independence movement, air raids during World War II, great Bengal famine (1943), communal violence (1946), partition of India (1947) and, lastly, the creation of Bangladesh (1971), which led to a massive influx of refugees. Hardly any other city in the world had grown so rapidly and endured such enormous historical events.
Calcutta’s journey from a simple place of commerce to evolving into an administrative centre and eventually becoming a hub for Indian social, cultural, educational and literary development is quite unmatched. By virtue of its journey through various events, and accommodating its ever-increasing population and commuters, the Calcutta story truly becomes a ‘benchmark in urban vitality’.
This lecture series concentrates on historical development of Calcutta over the past three centuries, mainly focusing on its heritage of colonial civil engineering, with relevant lessons on sustainability that find their relevance even today with a vision for the future.
Please go to https://zoom.us/join and enter the corresponding Meeting ID: 897 7060 4726. The password is 202021 for all sessions.
Associate Director, AECOM, Kolkata, India
Bascule Bridge: An important component for efficient port activities
Srirup is a Chartered Engineer with over 18 years of work experience in major infrastructure projects related to rail transit and bridge structures. He is a graduate Civil Engineer from KDKCE, Nagpur, India and has done his Masters in Bridge Engineering from University of Surrey, UK. He is associated with AECOM since 2012 and presently holds the position of Associate Director in Heavy Infrastructure. He has worked for a number of challenging projects in UK, India, KSA, UAE, Qatar, and Malaysia.
Srirup is member of various Professional Institutions including the Institution of Engineers (India), American Society of Civil Engineers, and Indian Road Congress. He actively volunteers as a CPR Reviewer for ICE and presently serves as the Secretary of ASCE’s India Section and Event Coordinator for ICE Kolkata Location Association. His interests include music and travel.
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