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Rabindra Sarovar Beautification Drive #2:

Something going on the northern bank. From the cables jutting out and the 5ft distance between two consecutive installations it seems that the infamous trident lamps are going to appear along the banks. Just hope its not true and something nice is done here.

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Rabindra Sarovar Beautification Drive #3:

Renovation and transformation of Nazrul Mancha.

The entrance.

The pavilion at the back.

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I went to Millenium Park 3 today, it is really beautiful and better than the other two, it is also more spacious. They have not opened the park fully yet. I have taken some snaps, however imageshack is not allowing upload of images. Any other website where I can upload and share the images?
i faced the same imageshack problem niladri. got to know about flickr... you have to make an id there and u can upload pics there and then post here.

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i faced the same imageshack problem niladri. got to know about flickr... you have to make an id there and u can upload pics there and then post here.
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Take a walk along the Hooghly


Calcuttans and tourists looking for a day-out option beyond the staple fare of Victoria Memorial and Alipore zoo can now enjoy a stroll along three tree-lined Hooghly riverfront walkways.

A Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) official said these abandoned public spaces have been reclaimed from forgotten Raj-era sepia photographs and given a makeover modelled on the touristy riverside promenades along the Thames in London, the Seine in Paris and the Nile in Cairo.

The CMC has been working over the past few years to beautify the walkway from Vidyasagar Setu to Howrah bridge to attract tourists as well as provide breathing space to the residents.

The civic agency plans a continuous 5km riverside walkway along this stretch.

At present, the missing link is a 100m stretch between Babughat and Floatel restaurant in Millenium Park where the government plans to build an overpass that will look like the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“Rivers were primarily used for trade and commerce. But times have changed and western cities like London and Paris have harnessed the beauty of the river and its banks to draw tourists. They have aesthetically moulded the rivers for a new role. Calcutta desperately needs open space. So a similar transformation of its riverfront is underway,” said conservation architect Nilina Deb Lal, currently doing her doctorate in heritage buildings of Calcutta.

The Hooghly riverscape looks rejuvenated after its Rs 35-crore beauty therapy. Metro strolled through the recently-restored stretches, soaking in some stunning sights of Calcutta’s landmarks.

Where: Prinsep Ghat to Babughat (near River Traffic Training School and Port Trust office)

Length: 2km

Cost: Rs 6.5 crore

What: This tiled walkway along Strand Road was the first to be restored and inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee in June 2012. Since then, it has become a popular haunt of adolescents and the aged alike. People can also enjoy leisurely boat rides from any of the three jetties along the stretch.

Swati Saluja, who had moved to Delhi 15 years ago after her marriage, was delighted to show off the Hooghly riverfront to husband Sanjay and children Aditi, 13, and Shivam, 7 — topping it up with a boat ride and phuchka.

“This is my first visit to Calcutta with the children and I wanted to show them how beautiful my city is. We loved the sunset from the boat… it was lovely and peaceful.”

Stretch your legs, take a stroll, laze on one of the garden benches along the promenade or simply lean on the white balustrade to watch the sun go down behind the imposing Vidyasagar Setu.

“I recently visited my son in Philadelphia and the beauty of the Delaware riverfront really impressed me. What I see here has pleasantly surprised me. I just hope they keep it clean,” said Asit Ray, a 73-year-old retired engineer.

Where: Fairlie Jetty to Armenian Ghat

Length: 600m

Cost: Rs 25 crore

What: The newest and the prettiest stretch, it was opened on February 7. Built from scratch, the pathway stands on pillars and juts about 10m into the river. It enables walkers to reach within 500metres of the Howrah bridge.

Subtle LED lights, a floor mimicking wooden planks, granite-top benches along the entire elevated stretch and soft Chinese grass: Hooghly rivals Thames here. “Good to see janitors cleaning the benches… does not feel like Calcutta. The place is more open than the Babughat-Prinsep Ghat promenade,” said Shiladitya Banerjee, 24, from Baguiati.

A fresh coat of paint and a clutch of creepers give the nearby warehouses a retro look.

Where: Howrah riverfront along Grand Foreshore Road

Length: 425m

Cost: Rs 2 crore

What: Like the Fairlie Jetty-Armenian Ghat walkway on pillars, Calcutta’s sister city got a similar one along Grand Foreshore Road from the Burn Standard and Co. factory to Ramkrishnapur Ghat.

The Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) transformed a dilapidated dike along Foreshore Road, about a minute from Howrah station, into a promenade in 2012 with a balustrade, black-and-white chequered floor and granite benches.

Be there to see the Eden Gardens, the high court, the SBI headquarters and Fort William on the other side.

Next stop

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation plans to take the walk past the Howrah bridge and venture into north Calcutta, beautifying the path and ghats of Bagbazar along the way.

“The objective is to restore and rejuvenate the Hooghly riverfront without drastically changing its look,” a senior civic official said.

“When the design on the drawing board turns into reality in a couple of years, people can jog or walk down from Prinsep Ghat to Armenian Ghat, which is barely 500m from the Howrah bridge,” the official added.

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looks like ABP is covering beautification on a daily basis after the recent patch up with TMC..

:cheers: as we are entering the real beautification phases...

Recce for riverside revamp


Debashis Sen (second from left), principal secretary at the urban development department, with the World Bank team during the tour along the Hooghly on Tuesday. The team appreciated the Armenian Ghat-Fairlie Ghat walkway (above right)

The heavily-polluted Tolly Nullah (left) meets the Hooghly; encroachment (right) along the Howrah side of the river. Pictures by Subhajoy Roy, Amit Datta and Sanjoy Ghosh

A World Bank team sailed up and down the Hooghly on Tuesday to assess a Calcutta Municipal Corporation proposal to beautify the riverfront.

According to the proposal, sent to the Union government last month, a 7km stretch of the riverfront north of Howrah bridge till Cossipore would be converted into a popular public retreat with a continuous paved walkway.

The four-member team from the World Bank was shown the stretch and more. They went downstream from Millennium Park up to the Indian Botanic Garden and then travelled north to Belur and back.

“We want to create a beautiful stretch with walkways, gardens and lights. An elevated pathway standing on piers anchored to the river can be built on portions where no or little land is available,” a CMC engineer said.

The engineers pointed to the city’s newest showpiece walkway from Prinsep Ghat to Armenian Ghat, hardly 500m from Howrah bridge, that was a dilapidated, dirty and dangerous stretch until three years ago.

The sight was hardly pleasant beyond Prinsep Ghat, south of Vidyasagar Setu.

The smelliest eyesore is a place on the eastern bank where Tolly Nullah drains its black waste-filled sludge into the Hooghly. The 14km-long canal runs east to west from the Bidyadhari river through densely-inhabited areas such as Garia, Tollygunge and Behala.

The proposal includes a project to treat wastewater before it is discharged into the Nullah. “The plan is to build sewage treatment plants along the Nullah so that polluted water don’t flow into the Hooghly,” a CMC engineer said.

A civic official said raw waste has been discharged directly into the Nullah despite efforts to curb the practice.

The Garden Reach Ship Builders premises and a power-generating plant of the CESC jutted out like carbuncles on the horizon.

The tree-filled bank of the Indian Botanic Garden was an exception, though.

The starboard scenery of the western bank during the trip to from the Indian Botanic Garden to Belur was even more ungainly. Large rundown factories — relics of Howrah’s industrial glory — dot the horizon. Pollution, encroachments or discharge of untreated waste into the river was a common sight.

Trucks parked on the roadside near gargantuan warehouses of the Port Trust.

Solid wastes dumped along the banks. Wooden frames of idols stacked metres high on the riverside. Rows of squatter shanties. Not necessarily in that order but the severity of urban mismanagement was visible towards the north of Howrah bridge.

After the tour, Genevieve Connors of the World Bank team suggested the engineers: “You should make a complete master plan. It may be implemented in phases, may be over many years but the plan should be prepared at once.”

Barjor E. Mehta, a leading urban specialist with World Bank, was among the delegation while Debashis Sen, principal secretary at the urban development department, was the host during the four-and-a-half hour tour.

Sen and the World Bank team later held a meeting with chief secretary Sanjay Mitra at Nabanna.

The proposal has a plan for value-addition to the walkway between Prinsep and Armenian ghats.

“To attract more people, we must offer a clear view of the river from Strand Road. This means, all encroachments have to be cleared and walls must be pulled down or their height reduced,” said an engineer.

The inter-state bus terminus at Babughat could be shifted to some other location and the place cleaned up of unnecessary structures so that people get an unobstructed view of the Hooghly.

“There is immense scope,” said a state government official.

“But beautifying both banks of the river would require involvement of several agencies, including the Howrah Municipal Corporation and other municipalities.”

Other than CMC officials and engineers, their counterparts from the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority were also aboard the boat that took the World Bank team on a riverbank recce.
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