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News from the new year
- Look out for what’s coming up in the twin townships in 2013

Another pool

This summer, residents will have a second pool to dive in. Bidhannagar swimming pool, which is coming up at the Bidhannagar Municipal Sports Complex, opposite Bikash Bhavan, should start operation from April. Construction had started in 2009 during the term of former civic chief Biswajiban Majumdar but was stopped as the new Trinamul Congress civic board wanted a review of the plan. MLA Sujit Bose has contributed Rs 5 lakh from his Local Area Development fund. The swimming pool would come up on 20,000 sq ft. The 25m pool would have eight lanes. There will be a learners’ pool for beginners.

Auditorium makeover

Laban Hrad Mancha

The 450-seater Laban Hrad Mancha will re-open in February. The renovation work is complete. Ten air-conditioners have been installed. The hall has been given a fresh coat of paint. The terrace has been repaired to prevent water leakage. The seats have become more comfortable.

New hospital

The Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals group will set up a 450-bed full-service tertiary hospital on a three-acre plot in Sector V adjacent to the premises at CN 5 where its ophthalmology unit operates now. The proposed facility will have programmes in cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, neuro sciences and minimal invasive surgery, transplant programmes and diagnostic support. “The idea is to slowly move towards the full-fledged multi-specialty hospital in a phased manner,” says Deepak Venugopal, zonal director, Eastern Region, Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals. Work is supposed start this year and the hospital will start operation from 2014. Around Rs 60 crore will be spent on setting up the hospital. The Salt Lake unit is a collaboration with Rotary Club, which has provided the plot.

AMP Baisakhi

Mall for Sector I

AMP Baisakhi, the nine-storeyed mall that has been in the making for three years now, should open doors by mid-February (picture left by Saradindu Chaudhury). The project has long been ready and was to have opened by Poila Baisakh 2012 but had got entangled in red tape. “The fire department clearance was taking time but it has all been sorted out now,” says Iqbal Rashid, general manager of AMP Universal which is a joint venture partner in the project along with Bidhannagar Municipality.

The builders are now awaiting the completion certificate from the municipality. “Within the next 40 days our anchor store, Spencer’s, will open,” says Rashid. The mall will also house brands like Cafe Coffee Day, Samsung, Jawed Habib and Head Turners. A 2,200 sq ft restaurant — overlooking the balcony — will open on the third floor.

Besides retail space, the outlet will have space for offices. The basement levels will have car parking facilities and will also house vendors who at present sell vegetables, meat etc. in the open-air market in Baisakhi.

The Home Town building

Shop stop in New Town

A new Big Bazaar is coming up at the Home Town Building in New Town. The flagship hypermarket retail chain from the Future Group is expected to open by February. Home Town will continue to operate there but with reduced space.

Taste of Far East

The Orient

The Orient, a Southeast Asian cuisine restaurant, will open in City Centre New Town. It will serve Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Chinese delicacies.

New-look markets

BD Market, the oldest in the township built by the urban development department in the late 70s, will be rebuilt. Work is supposed to start from January and construction will be carried out in phases. There will be no need to relocate the shopkeepers during construction, says local councillor Anupam Dutta. The market would be four-storeyed. BD Block Forum, the block association, would be given 2,000 sq feet for a community hall on the top floor.

AE, EC and CA Markets will also be renovated this year. Elecmech Consultancy has been roped in to prepare a blueprint of renovation for the three markets.

The site for the university. (Bishwarup Dutta)

Court shift from Barasat

An additional district and sessions judge court will be set up in Salt Lake this year. The state government had announced in early 2012 that every police commissionerate would get its own court to handle serious crimes. At present, such cases are heard at Barasat court. “Work on the court will begin as soon as the infrastructure is in place. We hope to start work in 2013 itself,” said state law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya.

Health university

The dilapidated building, between Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital and Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra in DD Block, will be razed to the ground this year. The building was built decades ago to house a police hospital which never took off. The new building in its place will house the West Bengal University of Health Sciences in a 10-storeyed building. The university is already operating from a building behind the site and the new structure will be an extension.

The broken stretch of the road adjacent to the Eastern Drainage Canal. (Sayantan Ghosh)

Road repairs

After almost four years, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya II can look forward to a smooth ride to school. Repairs on an 825m stretch of the road from IC Block to HC Block, running parallel to the Eastern Drainage Canal, is supposed to start in January. Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority would take up the work. The project cost has been pegged at Rs 4 crore.

 

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