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Project to boost plant capacity

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a project to increase the capacity of Garden Reach water treatment plant by 50 million gallons for the benefit of south Calcutta residents from Bhowanipore to Joka.

Speaking at the investiture of Bengal police at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Mamata said the Rs 210-crore upgrade would increase the plantís capacity to treat water from 120 million gallons a day to 170 million gallons. The cost will be borne by the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC).

A pumping station will be built to pump the additional water from the Hooghly into the plant. The areas that will be benefited are Bhowanipore, Jadavpur, Tollygunge, Behala, Bansdroni, Joka and Garden Reach.

At the event the chief minister also inaugurated a 900m-stretch of renovated promenade along the Hooghly.

Mamata also laid the foundation stone of a 100m-long footbridge at Baje Kadamtala Ghat.