Kolkata: A water treatment plant with capacity of 55 million gallon is coming at Uttarpara in Hooghly district.A review meeting to take stock of the work was held by state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim at the conference hall of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) on Tuesday. “The Palta water treatment plant came up before the Independence. Now Uttarpara is getting a water treatment plant which happens to be the largest in the state since independence. It will be responsible for supplying water in seven municipalities in Hooghly and about 10 adjoining panchayat areas. The supply line will be similar to that followed in Kolkata Municipal Corporation,” Hakim said after the meeting. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe water treatment plant will supply potable drinking water to the people living in municipal areas of Uttarpara, Dankuni, Rishra, Sreerampore, Baidyabati, Konnagar and Champdani. According to the chairman of Uttarpara Municipality, Dilip Yadav, work to develop the infrastructure for the water treatment plant such as laying of pipeline for water supply and construction of water tanks have started since five months. The complete work will take around two years. The estimated cost for the project is Rs 1,760 crore. “Work was delayed because of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) that was in effect because of the elections. There were some problems regarding the contractor firm selected for executing the work. The minister not only took stock of the progress of work but also gave necessary instructions on how to speed up work,” an official of Uttarpara Municipality, who attended the meeting said.
Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the space probe, made up of a lander and a rover, “landed at the preselected landing area on the far side of the moon at 10:26 a.m. Beijing Time.” Chang’e 4 represents one of the flagship parts of China’s heavy investment and growing capabilities in space through the China National Space Administration. This mission comes about two years after China’s successful Chang’e 3 mission, the first soft landing on the moon since 1976. Similar in design to that Chang’e 3 craft and its “Jade Rabbit” rover, the Chang’e 4 lander and rover carries a bigger payload and more capabilities. The space agency will use the craft to study geological conditions on the far side of the moon.The Chang’e name comes from the Chinese goddess of the moon. In the ancient tale, Chang’e flew to the heavens after taking an elixir, and landed on the moon as her final resting place. (Courtesy CNBC) China successfully landed the Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon on Thursday morning, Beijing time, according to state news agency Xinhua, becoming the first in history to touch the lunar surface unseen by those on Earth.The Chang’e 4 mission launched in early December. It took the spacecraft three days to travel to the moon, where it spent the last few weeks in orbit preparing for touch down on the Von Karman crater. The crater is a relatively flat spot on the moon’s far side. Landing on the far side is a technical challenge, as there is no direct way to communicate with the spacecraft as it nears its target. China put a relay satellite in orbit around the moon in May to overcome that communication challenge.The far side of the moon has been seen and mapped before, even by astronauts of the Apollo missions. But the successful landing of Chang’e 4 represents the first time any spacecraft has touched down on the moon’s far side. “China’s Chang’e-4 probe softlands on Moon’s far side,” the state news agency tweeted on Thursday.