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Here's Kolkata - They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

BBD Bagh - the original centre of the city.

Seen here - the General Post Office (GPO), Reserve Bank of India.



The South Chowringhee Skyline - the business district

Seen here - Jeevan Sudha, Tata Centre, Everest House






Indira Gandhi Sarani(Road) connects BBD Bagh and Chowringhee..




The Kolkata Strand - along the Hooghly River and the Vidyasagar Bridge.



The River Festival - 2002



The Strand Skyline



The Ranji Stadium at Eden Gardens - 90,000 capacity cricket stadium.





Shahid Minar (martyrs' monument)



Victoria Memorial



 

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It looks like a comfortable place to live in.

Thanks for the pics.
 

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Retail tale: crawl to canter
- The Calcutta consumer turns the city into a mega mart



Zip, zap, zoom— zero to 60 in nine seconds. Typically, a motorcycle burning rubber on asphalt…

Now, Calcutta is zipping — burning paper and plastic on the high streets of modern retail — and leaving industry-watchers zapped.

A trifle late in reacting to the starter’s gun, the tale of its rapid acceleration on road retail can be told in figures. Till 1999, there was only 22 Camac Street. In the next 36 months, around 11 new malls are set to roll out, offering nearly three million sq ft of retail space, besides 30-plus multiplex screens and allied entertainment.

“A year ago, there was hardly any modern trade outlet spread across more than 1,000 sq ft with two or more cash tills here. Over the past 8-10 months, at least 75 such stores have come up across the city,” points out Manish Tiwary, national key accounts manager, Hindustan Lever. Tiwary, in town to attend the CII’s Retail 2004, is confident modern trade, which accounts for only one per cent of the city’s turnover now, should spiral to 20 per cent in the next three years.

The Kolkata Success Stories

MusicWorld (Park Street) notched up sales of Rs 1 crore consecutively in December 2003 and January 2004, the highest by any music retail outlet in the country

• Pantaloons (Gariahat) records highest per square ft sales among all multi-brand outlets in India

• Inox (Forum) has broken the national box office sales record thrice. Per patron sales at its Refuel counter is 40 per cent more than the national average

• Raymond (Poddar Court showroom) is the popular clothes stop’s highest-selling outlet in the country

• Satya paul (Forum) is the biggest-selling outlet in the national chain (picture below) and the only one with an exclusive necktie counter

Sony World does its best business in the country out of its Ultadanga and Elgin Road outlets

• La Lingerie (Forum) has the highest per square feet sales in the chain nationally

• Sreeleathers (Lindsay Street) beats the highest-selling Bata outlet (Connaught Place, New Delhi) in sales

• United colours of Benetton (Forum) did highest per square feet sales in the chain in December last year and May this year

• Bizarre, be:, swarovski and Cotton world corp (Forum) are among the top three outlets in sales in their respective chains nationally

Watch out For...

Giant, the RPG Enterprises hypermart chain, waiting to unveil two anchors in the next two years, followed by two more

South City Mall on Prince Anwar Shah Road to house four anchors under one roof

Forum II opposite Science City with a seven-screen multiplex and the Lifestyle store

Mani Square, a combination of IT, food, retail and entertainment, on the Bypass

The Metropolis, the retail-food-entertainment stop inside Hiland Park, will be the city’s “first classic suburban mall”

DLF to develop mixed-use project in Rajarhat

Fort Knox, a nine-level jewellery mall on Camac Street

Silver Arcade, the G+3 mall inside Silver Springs on the Bypass
 

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Pics by Colin Beveridge

The streets of Kolkata's old business centre centred around BBD Bagh still has plenty of commercial and government activity. (and yes those Ambassador cars are made in Kolkata!)

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From all the picture and project threads on Kolkata, glad to see the city is finally sweeping away the cobwebs collected from all these years of inactivity and communism.
 

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Kolkata projects, cityscapes...

Kolkata's Hiland Park Project's phase II is receiving finishing touches. Phases I and II comprise of 5 towers from 21 to 28 storeys. The 28 storey Peak Tower is now Kolkata's tallest building.






Phase III will have four 17 storey towers.



 

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Bengal Silver Spring project is also under construction phase. The project has three blocks - 18 storey, three blocks - 16 storey and four blocks - 14 storey.

 

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After the success of their Udita project



Bengal Ambuja is constructing another complex - Utsa in New Town. The project has four 14 storey blocks and several 4-10 storey blocks.

 
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