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24-hr water supply in kolkata on anvil: Mayor

india Updated: Aug 03, 2010 18:12 IST
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Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has held discussions with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi for central funds for a Rs 2000 crore 24-hour water supply project in Kolkata, city Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The two central ministers held a meeting on Monday where the Finance Minister had assured to look into the matter, the Mayor told an inter-active session on ''Kolkata initiatives for a better tomorrow'' organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.

Identifying traffic congestion as one of the major problems in the city, the Mayor said he had held a meeting with the Commisioner of Police regarding the matter on Monday.

In a city with only six per cent road coverage, unplanned taxi, auto, matador and bus stands, hawkers and unauthorised plying of trucks were posing a major problem, he said.

The KMC was reviewing the matter following complaints that some businessmen were trying to convert heritage buildings into multi-storeyed buildings, Chatterjee said.

A hospital on the lines of the Christian Medical College, Vellore would be set up on 22 bighas of land in the city. Union Minister of State (Health) Dinesh Trivedi had already made arrangements for setting up the hospital, the Mayor added.

A one-man committe headed by ex-chief secretary Sourin Roy which had been constituted to inquire into the recent Stephen Court fire had submitted its report, he said.

However, since several pages were missing, effective steps could not be taken against 48 buildings in fire prone areas and 42,500 trade licences could not be issued based on the report, he added.