Clean-up ahead of big Bs

Construction materials dumped on the service lane along VIP Road, between airport and Chinar Park. (Mayukh Sengupta)

Calcutta: The state government wants all roads leading to the venues of the two big Bs - the Bengal Global Business Summit and the Calcutta Book Fair - cleared of illegal hoardings, garbage and construction material.

The summit will be held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on January 16 and 17 and the Book Fair at Central Park, Salt Lake, from January 30 to February 10.

The urban development department has asked the Calcutta Municipal Corporation and the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation to clean up roads and pavements by January 16.

The government wants to showcase a spick-and-span city before international visitors and those from other states of India who attend the business summit and the Book Fair.

The roads identified for the clean-up are the airport-Chinar Park stretch of VIP Road, New Town Major Arterial Road, the Park Circus-Bypass connector, AJC Bose Road, Red Road and Alipore Road. The Ma and AJC Bose Road flyovers, too, may get a facelift.

"If we can pull down illegal hoardings and clear the roads of garbage and construction material, the city will look cleaner," an urban development department official said.

Several hoardings are found hanging from lamp posts and bamboo poles are erected on pavements across Calcutta, including VIP Road, AJC Bose Road and the Bypass-Park Circus connector.

The two municipal corporations have to identify the problem spots and take action.

A similar operation had been successfully executed before the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Salt Lake stadium in October. "We had identified the Bypass and some roads in Salt Lake and in Beleghata," the official said.


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