Glorious 175th anniversary Celebration
Time to unwind….
Walk the way, a colourful procession from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Kolkata Municipal Corporation head quarters (both built by the Company).
Santosh Chandra Memorial lecture, (Former Managing Director) by Prof. Pijush Kanti Som, former Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jadavpur University.
Holding technical seminars and workshops.
Organizing Celebration Cup cricket match among teams from the employees of the clients and the Company (The Company team won the Cup).
Holding a three-day theatre festival.
Sit and Draw competition among the children of employees.
Family get together of employees.
Get together with clients.
Holding a celebration at Agartala.
- Get together
- Cultural function
Holding a celebration at Siliguri.
- Get together
- Cultural function
Laying the foundation stone of a Guest House-cum-Office of the Company at Uttarayan, Siliguri.
Donation of 10.00 lacs to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for Aila victims.
Awarding scholarships to poor students of the Department of Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur and Jadavpur University.
A Rabindra Sangeet programme at Rabindra Sadan.
Paying a ‘Special Celebration’ dividend of 10% to shareholders.
A gala musical programme by Sonu Nigam at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
Giving mementos to the employees.
Voluntary blood donation by the employees and the associates.
Releasing a documentary film on the Company.
Publishing a souvenir on the bridges constructed by the Company.
Launching the Company’s website
Sri Santosh Kumar Chanda. On the second day a technical seminar was held. On the last day a family gettogether and cultural programme was held at Cossimbazar House at 1/2, Harish Mukherjee Road. To commemorate the occasion, the company published souvenir which included photographs of some notable buildings, bridges and other important structures constructed by the company in the past, some technical articles and greetings from Prime Minister's Office,
Mr. A. P. Sharma, the Governor of West Bengal,
Sri Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister of West Bengal,
Mr. Jatin Chakraborty,Minister-in-charge, Public Works and Housing Department, Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Nirmal Bose, Minister-in-charge,
Department of Commerce & Industries, Public Undertaking and Industrial Reconstruction, Govt. of West Bengal and Mr. Prasanta Kumar Sur, Minister-in-charge, Local Government and Urban Development Department, Govt. of West Bengal. Several suppliers, contractors and associates of the company extended their support by adverisements in the souvenir.
A silver coin was given as a memento to each of the employees of the company.
programme included music and speeches followed by cocktail and luncheon. The programme was attended by many reputed personalities foreign and native, merchants, dignatories of mercantile firms, business houses and the state. They included :-
• Maharaja Karneshwara Singh of Darbanga,
• Maharaja Kumar Visheswara Singh of Darbanga,
• Maharaja Kumar of Burdwan,
• Hon. Nawab K. G. M. Faroqui (Nawab of Ratnapur),
• Mr. Arthur Moore (of the Statesman Ltd.),
• Mr. T. H.Elderton (Commissioner of Port of Calcutta),
• Mr. W. Alexander and Mr. B. A. C. Neville (both of Imperial Bank of India),
• Mr. D. D. Storrar (of National Bank),
• Mr. J. A. Mckerrow (of Chartered Bank),
• Mr. H. Carey Morgan (of Royal Insurance),
• Sir John Woodhead (Finance Member of the Government of Bengal),
• Mr. D. J. Horn (of G. E. C. (India) Ltd.),
• Dr. B. L. Law, Mr. P. Banerjee and many others.
The Guest of Honour was none other than His Excellency, Sir John Anderson, Governor of Bengal.
After his welcome address, Hon. Mr. S. D. Gladstone, a director of the company (Mackintosh Burn Ltd.) read out an extract from a letter by Maharaja Bahadur Sir Prodyut Coomar Tagore who could not attend the function due to his rheumatic troubles. "... ..During the discussions bearing on the establishment of Mayo Hospital on its present site, and before the foundation stone was laid by the Late Earl of Northbrook in 1874 great doubt had been expressed as to the suitability of a heavy structure to be constructed on a sand bank. But my father who made the gift to the Fever Hospital Committee assured that the foundation laid by Messrs Mackintosh Burn & Co. would be able to stand the test and that the high reputation of the firm would not be questioned; and he was prepared to take the risk upon his shoulders and build a similar structure at his own cost should the building happen to tumble down. Mr. McNamara who was the leading spirit in the establishment of the Hospital, supported Messrs Mackintosh Burn's offer with some hesitation and advised the Mayo Hospital Committee to accept Messrs Mackintosh Burn's estimate. The above story I heard from my father who used always to entertain the highest opinion about this firm and followed his ancestors in entrusting with all his building works... ." And Mr. Gladstone was glad to say that his friend's father never had to anteup.
His Excellency, the Governor, in his address remarked "... ..
I wish to say with complete confidence, whatever the future may be, that if they (Mackintosh Burn Ltd.) bring to bear -as I am sure they will... -
the same qualities which have brought about the success they have achieved in the past, an equal success will attend them during the hundred years that are to come." And His Excellency's wishful dream in the last century has certainly come to be a `Reality'.