Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has approved a concept plan for the restoration of Writers’ Buildings following a presentation earlier this week.
Senior government officials said the public works department would “fine-tune” the concept plan that has been prepared by Jadavpur University and Besu. Work to restore the 236-year-old structure is scheduled to start after 11 departments, including the chief minister’s office, are shifted across the Hooghly next month.
The work is expected to be carried out by the PWD. “The chief minister is happy with the presentationů. Now we will have to execute the plan with minor alterations and additions,” said a PWD official. The following are stills from the video presentation accessed by The Telegraph
Lawn and green
Now: A concrete jungle with no trace of greenery. Unplanned additions — thoughtfully given the trite titles of E, F, G and CGA blocks — have gobbled up the Raj-era courtyards
Plan: Four separate courtyards with manicured lawns and palm trees. Provisions for gazebos, water fountains and small tanks
Now: Clogged with makeshift structures and partitions put up to cram more people and material
Plan: Removal of all makeshift structures and partitions. The presentation focused on the fašade, the CM’s room and the conference room but glimpses of the corridor give a sense of space.
Now: Not enough space and no provisionfor natural light as the windows remain closed
Plan: A spacious chamber — with wooden panels and seats for guests — with an adjacent conference room. Windows that will ensure natural light and also a peek at the sky
Now: Not a single solar panel. Loose wires, open fuse boxes and outflow channel from AC ducts make Writers’ a fire hazard
Plan: Solar panels (in blue) will be installed at all open spaces like the rooftop and courtyards