Our Partners (Roles and Responsibilities)
The implementing agencies of the ICZM-West Bengal project are:
- Institute of Environmental Studies and Wetland Management
- Digha-Sankarpur Development Authority,
- Public Health Engineering Directorate, Government of West Bengal
- Zoological Survey of India
- West Bengal Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd
- West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited
- Sundarban Infra-structure Development Corporation Ltd
- Department of Disaster Management, Government of West Bengal,
- University of Calcutta
- Forest Directorate, Government of West Bengal
- West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission ( Anandadhara)
The roles and responsibilities of the above mentioned implementing agencies are as follows:
1. Institute of Environmental Studies and Wetland Management
IESWM will be responsible for the preparation of ICZMP of West Bengal. Based on the data input from pilot projects as well as its own research on all aspects of coastal processes and socio-economics of the region the ICZMP will be prepared by IESWM. The Institute will play the role of a catalyst in mobilising coastal zone research having a bearing on ICZMP and will be responsible to build the base of form-process-material-biology-socioeconomic interaction model on which the ICZMP will stand.
As part of capacity building of IESWM, facility augmentation of the existing Remote Sensing & GIS laboratory, creation of computing facilities for climate change studies along with overseas training of scientists, procurement of advanced coastal process monitoring equipments have been proposed. The responsibility of IESWM in this capacity building effort will be to procure the right instrument following the laid down procedures in government, install and calibrate them, keep them in running condition and to ensure generation of quality date adequately.
2. Digha-Sankarpur Development Authority
DSDA will implement a number of relatively small but important projects that have a strong local perspective. The pilot projects are in the form of several small interventions aiming towards cleaning the beach and beach front at Digha and providing civic amenities to the tourists so as to keep the beach clean including awareness measures. The proposed work elements like construction of pay and use toilets, construction of small kiosks in place of make shift shops, provision of litter bins, arrangement of beach lighting, construction of sitting facilities along the beach and construction of activity areas for children etc are generally carried out by the municipal authorities and therefore DSDA has been assigned this project so as to keep the Digha beach clean for everyone to enjoy.
3. Public Health Engineering Directorate, Government of West Bengal
PHED is one of the important engineering departments of Government of West Bengal that has done commendable work in providing safe drinking water to the rural population of West Bengal. They are also instrumental in providing basic sanitation needs in non-municipal areas. In the Digha area because of growing population, large urban tourist influx and construction of hotels and restaurants the problems of sanitation related waste management and treatment including construction of a sanitary landfill along with vermi-compositing facility, construction of underground sewer lines and a sewage treatment facility are required to be addressed. Accordingly PHED will take up the related construction work as pilots project under ICZM. The Department will prepare the detailed project report with bid documents including the required drawings and BOQ, evaluate the tenders, select the vendor, issue work order, sign the contract, supervise the construction work and release payment to the contractor as per measurement at agreed rates.
4. Zoological Survey of India
ZSI maintains a marine aquarium in Digha that now require modernisation and renovation. The responsibility of ZSI will be to draw up a DPR identifying the work components, invite tender, select the vendor and supervise the work of the company awarded the work. All actions will follow the standing rules of the Central Government.
5. West Bengal Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd
The WBFDCL will execute the construction of the proposed fish auction centre at Digha l man power providing a modern and eco-friendly facility complaint with public health norms
6. West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited
WBESDCL, the only company other than CESC engaged in distribution of electric power in West Bengal, plans to provide grid electricity to the residents of Sagar Island as part of ICZM so that there is a quantum jump in improving quality of life of the local people. The Company proposes to bring power line by crossing the Hugli river through towers. The preliminary design report has already been prepared by the Company. The Department will prepare the detailed project report with bid documents including the required drawings and BOQ, evaluate the tenders, select the vendor, issue work order, sign the contract, supervise the construction work and release payment to the contractor as per measurement at agreed rates. A revenue model for collection of charges on account of electricity drawn by the consumers will also be worked out by the Company.
7. Sundarban Infra-structure Development Corporation Ltd
SIDCL will execute Sundarban specific pilot programs of ICZM having a direct bearing on improved livelihood in the Sundarban areas. These will include construction of infrastructural facilities related to various aspects of agriculture, construction of improved road and water transport facility for convenient marketing of agricultural produce, training and awareness campaign for livelihood options, etc. SIDCL will also facilitate implementation of the Eco-tourism project in Sagar Island involving quality civil constructions.
8. Department of Disaster Management, Government of West Bengal
The department is a relatively new player in coastal areas. Although it has decentralised set-up with district, sub-division and block level disaster management officers, it lacks technical man power to guide the construction and operation & maintenance of the proposed multi-purpose cyclone shelters. It has been proposed to execute the program through the office of district magistrates.
9. University of Calcutta
The project on Capacity Building of Calcutta University is mainly geared towards procurement and installation of some advanced instruments as a part of capacity building of the participating departments (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science) of Calcutta University. The installed instruments will be used for undertaking two research programs – one on deciphering the microbial diversity of soil and water of Sundarbans in West Bengal and the other mainly on measurement of CO2 sequestration, CH4 emission, estimation of different components, nutrients, primary productivity of water in the Sundarbans mangrove forest.
10. Forest Directorate, Government of West Bengal
High velocity wind along the coastal areas causes much physical damage of human habitation and agricultural crops. Bioshields, or vegetative cover, along coastal zones play a significant role in shore protection and also in protection of the coastal habitations against GOWB will be to create coastal bioshields in the Digha Sankarpur area on government land as part of ICZM project. The Directorate will raise and maintain appropriate plantation in an area of 700 hectares following the departmental norms of expenditure over a five year period.
11. West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission ( Anandadhara)
Livelihood component which is being implemented by SPMU- ICZM Project West Bengal has been transferred to West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission ( Anandadhara).