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Shopping mall starts retail chain

Toplight Commercials Ltd (TCL), an infrastructure development group, is planning to set up a chain of retail shopping malls and housing complexes in Calcutta.

Unveiling the first project — The Gariahaat Mall — on Saturday, TCL director Kishor Sanghani announced plans of investing around Rs 150 crore over the next three years. The company is also developing 15,00,000 sq ft in Kasba to house around 800 flats.

“Our target is to be a part of the retail revolution in the city,” said Sanghani. The Gariahaat Mall, a Rs 20-crore air-conditioned property between the Gariahat crossing and Bijon Setu, will be followed by similar projects in CR Avenue and Lake Market.

The Gariahat site is scheduled for completion by December 2004. Covering 80,000 sq feet, the mall will have provisions for 65 large shops and an anchor shop.

Nasreen book: A high court-appointed special officer along with Enforcement Branch officials went to People’s Book Society, publisher of Taslima Nasreen’s Dwikhandita, and checked the stock on Saturday. The visit followed a stay order on the publishing, selling and marketing of the book. Other shops in College Street were also raided. No seizure was made.

Clarification

Gulf Air’s first flight out of Calcutta is on November 26, and not November 23, as mentioned in the November 22 edition of Metro.

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