The Calcutta Municipal Corporation has decided to immediately fence the 240-bigha plot earmarked for the film city planned in Uttarpara.
The decision was taken on Tuesday at a meeting attended by municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed, Serampore sub-divisional officer (representing the Hooghly district administration) Joyoshi Dasgupta, Uttarpara-Kotrung Municipality chairpersons Aditi Kundu and Dilip Yadav, and Uttarpara police.
About 15 brick kilns illegally operate from the plot despite a six-month-old order from the district authorities to vacate the area. Most of the firms and agencies that had submitted expressions of interest for the film city have lost interest in the project as they are not sure that the CMC would be able to remove encroachers from the plot.
The municipal commissioner entrusted the work to the municipality. The city civic body will foot the bill.
“We have asked the local municipality to submit an estimate of investment involved in walling up the area. An amount of Rs 16 lakh has been lying with the municipality with which they can start the work,” said Ahmed.
He had called the “emergency meeting” after a directive from the chief minister’s office on Monday to take “immediate step” for taking possession of the land earmarked for the film city, said a source.
Mamata Banerjee was supposed to lay the foundation stone for the project in August. The programme had to be cancelled at the last moment as the CMC failed to get the plot vacated.
It was also decided at Tuesday’s meeting that corrugated tin sheets would be used instead of bricks to fence the plot to keep expenses in check.