Mamata Banerjee and officials of 11 departments will start operating from the Howrah River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) building across the Hooghly from October 5, a day after Mahalaya.
The day marks the beginning of Devi Paksha according to the Bengali almanac.
“We will shift to HRBC building on October 5. There are some problems in the electrical wiring at Writers’… Once these problems are fixed, we will be back at Writers’,” Mamata said after an administrative meeting in Howrah.
She had earlier announced that she would start attending office at the 13-storeyed Mandirtala-based building on the western bank of the Hooghly from October 1.
PWD officials said they were not aware of the new date until the chief minister announced it on Thursday afternoon.
“We are working to ensure that offices of 11 departments, including the chief minister’s office, are ready at the HRBC building by September 30,” an official said.
“We are on track to convert the building into a place worthy of a secretariat. Installation of air-conditioners and drinking water facility will be done in the next few days. After that, the network of IT cables and telephone lines will be placed. We will be able to meet the September 30 deadline,” the official added.
Mamata addressed concerns of her staff regarding transport and other logistics that had cropped up after her decision to temporarily shift the seat of power to Mandirtala until renovations at the British-era Writers’ is complete.
“We will issue fresh permits to 234 buses and 600 taxis so that people don’t face trouble in reaching HRBC building from Calcutta and its neighbouring areas,” she said.
Adequate and smooth transport options were on top of the table as the chief minister said some departments, which were to shift in the second phase, would permanently remain at the Mandirtala address.
The 11 departments, including her office, would return to the renovated Writers’ in phases.
Most of these departments will start shifting to the HRBC building in the last week of September. The officials are confident about wrapping up the process in five to seven days.
Four men ransacked a shop on Khagen Chatterjee Road in Chitpur and assaulted Wasim Khan, the shopowner, around 12.30pm on Thursday. They allegedly broke soft drink bottles on his head. Khan had lodged a police compliant against Hafizul, Salim, Chintu and Chattu for their alleged anti-social activities in the area.