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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: 872 2829 0668. The password is 202021 for all sessions.
Chairperson, ICE Kolkata Local Association and Independent Consultant (Water and Wastewater)
Palta Water Works: Serving Calcutta silently since 1868
Parthajit Patra is an engineering professional in water sector, with post-graduation in Environmental Engineering, having 28 years of professional experience in detail engineering design, project management, asset management, investment planning, formulation of guidelines and policy, and construction supervision in various civil and environmental engineering projects of India and overseas (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nigeria). As a sector expert, he has reasonably versatile experiences involving water treatment and supply, water loss management, sewerage system and septage management and storm water management works, mostly under urban setting.
Parthajit is a Member of ICE (UK) and a Chartered Engineer registered at the Engineering Council of UK. Currently Parthajit is the Chairman of ICE Kolkata Local Association. He volunteers for CPR reviews at national and international locations. He was selected as one of the ICE Superheroes, “the Metro Man”, for ICE’s bicentenary celebration campaign in 2018.
His interests include touring, photography, heritage buildings and technical reading.
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