Kolkata: Jyoti Basu’s name taken off water treatment plant

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 16:50 IST

Mamata Banerjee’s trusted lieutenants at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have decided to rename the Jyoti Basu Water Treatment Plant in Dhapa.

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee asserted that his predecessor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya did not follow proper naming guidelines and had named the Dhapa water treatment plant based on emotions. “We cannot carry on the burden of somebody’s emotional decision. We would name the Dhapa water treatment plant by following the naming guidelines for projects,” Chatterjee told reporters.

Dhapa water treatment plant was conceptualised and kicked off by the Left Front board. Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee laid the foundation stone for the project after a court battle for two long years and named it after the longest serving chief minister in any Indian state – Jyoti Basu.

Hitting out at the decision, leader of the opposition at KMC and CPI (M) councillor Rupa Bagchi said, “It’s Trinamool’s political vendetta. The party had been busy naming and renaming things across the city. People will speak for these acts through the ballot.”

Earlier, on the instructions of the chief minister, the inauguration plaque bearing the then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s name had been removed from the main entry gate of Elliot Park on Chowringhee Road opposite Tata Centre, where Mamata prefers to have her daily evening walk when in town.

During the tenu r e o f Chatterjee in the last four years, many roads, flyovers and bridges had been renamed citing that proper naming practices were not followed in accordance with the guidelines. Chatterjee plans to gift the 30 million gallon daily water treatment plant at Dhapa to Kolkatans in the New Year. Accordingly, KMC had already planned an inauguration on December 22.

After a very long wait, Kolkatans living on both sides of EM Bypass from Beliaghata Chawalpatty to Garia will get safe and treated surface drinking water.

“We are ready with our transmission and distribution pipelines. If our testing goes okay we will supply treated drinking water from early next year,” Bibhas Kumar Maiti, director general (water supply) said.

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