With beautification plans for the city already in progress, the Mamata Banerjee government now wants to beautify towns on the fringes of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA). State urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim will meet representatives of all municipalities and civic corporations in the KMA area and its surroundings, at Unnayan Bhavan on Monday, to discuss the plan. “We will discuss the beautification plan and allocation of funds for it,” said the minister.
The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has been working on the master plan which the civic bodies will be asked to follow. The plan includes proper illumination, beautification of roadsides, pavements and boulevards and setting up street furniture in urban areas like Howrah, Chandernagore, Kalyani and Chinsurah.
Authorities feel that high population in the peri-urban areas is creating pressure not only on land and water supply, but also on basic amenities like sanitation, drainage and transport. This has resulted in uncontrolled land use and environmental degradation. The beautification plan when implemented will help municipalities create an ecofriendly environment. The urban development department also wants to execute canal renovation work with funds of the National Ganga River Basin Authority. Firhad and department officials had a meeting with the Centre last week where they expressed willingness to bring these canals under the scheme.
Source – TOI Kolkata