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Kolkata 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 Kolkata 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.
Kolkata 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.
Kolkata’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 Kolkata story truly becomes a ‘benchmark in urban vitality’.
This lecture series concentrates on historical development of Kolkata 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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Associate Director, UK iCRC – India Head of Civil, Bridge & Ground, Noida, India
Calcutta-Howrah subterranean connections
Kaushik is a qualified bridge and structural engineering professional with bachelors’ from from Bengal Engineering College (now Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology) and master’s in "Structural Engineering" from IIT-Delhi. He is a chartered professional from ICE with more than 26 years of working experience in transportation sector with varied exposure across elevated and underground metro rail structures, bridges, and highway structures. He has worked in design consulting firms for Indian and overseas projects funded by National and International Agencies (e.g. World Bank, ADB, JICA, KfW, AFD, etc.).
Now, Kaushik is leading a team of 60+ professionals of Civil, Bridge, and Ground team of UK iCRC of WSP, India and responsible for managing team growth/ resources/ costs, contracts for different work packages, and providing assistance in resolving project queries. He contributes to business development and develops ongoing relationships with other professionals and UK colleagues/ client ensuring repeat business and client satisfaction.
Kaushik has experience of working in several countries like India, Malaysia, Qatar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and attended workshop /training/ business meetings in France, Austria and UK.
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