In a step towards fulfilment of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's poll promise of beautifying the metropolis to match London, the West Bengal government is initiating a project to beautify a stretch along the Hooghly river.
The first phase of the project, covering a one-km stretch along the river from Babughat to the Millennium Park, would begin from August 2, secretariat sources said. Banerjee recently gave the clearance after a high-level meeting at the secretariat, attended by Minister of State for Railways Mukul Roy, PWD Minister Subrata Bakshi, Urban Development Minister Firad Hakim, Tourism Minister Rachpal Singh, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and officials of the Army and the Kolkata Port Trust.
At the meeting, Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), which will implement the project, gave a presentation of the beautification plan prepared by the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
While the original plan covers a 10 km stretch along the river's Left Bank from Pramamik Ghat at Baranagore in the north to Dahi Ghat in the Garden Reach in the city's southern fringes, it was decided at the meeting that the initial work would be taken up on a one kilometre stretch from Babughat to the Millennium Park, the sources said.