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Antony ‘nod’ to riverfront project

The army will not stall chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet project of beautifying the riverfront, Trinamul Congress leader Sudeep Bandopadhyay said after meeting defence minister A.K. Antony in Delhi on Wednesday.

The army’s consent is mandatory for the project as it is the custodian of the Maidan, which includes the part of the riverfront between Prinsep and Baje Kadamtala ghats.

Bandopadhyay, the Union minister of state for health, met Antony in his office and handed over a letter by mayor Sovan Chatterjee urging the defence minister to ensure the army’s nod for the project.

“The defence minister lauded the beautification drive and promised to sort out the matter at the earliest,” Bandopadhyay told Metro.

“We had sought the permission of the army authorities at Fort William. But we were told that the clearance has to come from Delhi and that is why the mayor wrote to the defence minister,” said a civic official.

The civic body is executing the project along with the port trust and the railways.

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