Kolkata: State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim expressed his optimism that the Sampriti flyover, connecting Jinjira Bazar to Batanagar, will start operation before the Durga Puja.”I am hopeful that construction work of the flyover will be over within a month. In the meantime, we will have the necessary safety certificates in place to make the bridge operational,” Hakim said after inspecting the progress work of the elevated corridor on Saturday along with engineers of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), which is the implementing agency for the flyover. Senior officials of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the executing agency, were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister said he would be seeking time from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and request her to inaugurate the flyover before Durga Puja. He further informed that the road under the flyover that has been damaged due to the construction work will also be spruced up on a war footing. “As soon as the flyover is ready for vehicular movement, we will close the road underneath for repair work. It will be repaired by December 1,” Hakim maintained.The minister also assured that the level of drains on either side of the road underneath the flyover that has got elevated due to “faulty” work will also be levelled in a proper manner soon after the flyover’s construction is complete. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe flyover whose length is 6.8 km is expected to reduce the travel time from Batanagar to Taratala to a little more than 10 minutes from half-an-hour.”We will be taking up widening of roads, construction of surface drains in such a manner that it will keep the provision of junction improvement at the Jinjira Bazar crossing so that the project’s purpose of fast-tracking vehicular movement is served,” a senior KMDA official said.It may be mentioned that the flyover will be the first in the city to be built on a PPP model. The Centre will bear 35 percent of the cost since this is a JNNURM project. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 86.8 crore for the same. The rest has been borne by the consortium of River Bank Holdings and its joint venture partner L&T Dabriwala. The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 355 crore.Sources in the Urban Development department said the Chief Minister has future plans of taking one flank of the flyover to Joka and another connecting Tollygunge Phari, Anwar Shah Road and Jadavpur, right up to Garia.
Scientists claim to have discovered a ‘brain hack’ to form good habits – training it by simply repeating actions until they stick. Researchers from University of Warwick in the UK have created a model which shows that forming good and bad habits depends more on how often you perform an action than on how much satisfaction you get from it. They developed a computer simulation, in which digital rodents were given a choice of two levers, one of which was associated with the chance of getting a reward. The lever with the reward was the ‘correct’ one, and the lever without was the ‘wrong’ one. The chance of getting a reward was swapped between the two levers, and the simulated rodents were trained to choose the ‘correct’ one. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen the digital rodents were trained for a short time, they managed to choose the new, ‘correct’ lever when the chance of reward was swapped.’ However, when they were trained extensively on one lever, the digital rats stuck to the ‘wrong’ lever stubbornly, even when it no longer had the chance for reward. The rodents preferred to stick to the repeated action that they were used to, rather than have the chance for a reward. “Much of what we do is driven by habits, yet how habits are learned and formed is still somewhat mysterious. Our work sheds new light on this question by building a mathematical model of how simple repetition can lead to the types of habits we see in people and other creatures,” said Elliot Ludvig, an associate professor in the University of Warwick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Psychologists have been trying to understand what drives our habits for over a century, and one of the recurring questions is how much habits are a product of what we want versus what we do,” said Amitai Shenhav, assistant professor in Brown University in the US. “Our model helps to answer that by suggesting that habits themselves are a product of our previous actions, but in certain situations those habits can be supplanted by our desire to get the best outcome,” said Shenhav. This research opens up a better understanding of conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tic Disorder – both of which are characterised by repeated behaviours.