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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.
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Calcutta Canals: History and contribution in development
Anasua is a graduate Civil Engineer with specialization in Environmental Engineering with an overall 16 years of professional and teaching experience in various water and wastewater projects in India and abroad. She has worked with different Consulting firms dealing in projects funded by national and international agencies (e.g. World Bank, ADB, USAID, etc.). She graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in Civil Engineering in 1994 and completed her post-graduation from there in Environmental Engineering in 1998. She joined Consulting Engineering Services in Delhi and worked till 2003 in different water supply, sewerage, and drainage projects. She had also worked in Intercontinental Consultant and Technocrats Private Limited, Delhi and Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick (India) Private Limited, Delhi for various infrastructure projects. She was associated with Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd, India for planning and design of sewerage and drainage projects in different India cities under the JNNURM program of Government of India.
Following a career break, she had shifted her focus academics and taught in Civil Engineering Department of an undergraduate engineering college affiliated to Uttar Pradesh Technical University as Assistant Professor for 4 years. Presently, she is working as an Independent Consultant, a graduate member of ICE, and contributes technical articles in ICE journals.
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