KOLKATA: Kolkata stands to gain from union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s announcement of making major investment ininfrastructure development for major cities in India.
After an analytical study of the union budget, a section of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation officials are gearing up to send some major infrastructure projects to the Centre under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
If funds are available, these projects when implemented would change the face of the city, a civic official said. Among these projects, a sewerage revamp and water supply upgrade tops the list of the KMC top brass.
Sewerage rejuvenation and upgrade: The KMC had in 2009 undertook a massive overhaul of city’s underground sewerage network. Century-old major brick sewerage lines running underground along city’s thoroughfares were desilted and revamped.
Some of the roads which were brought under the Rs 500 crore Jawaharlal Nehru national Urban Renewal Mission (JNnURM) include Rashbehari Avenue, Vivekananda Road, APC Roy Road, AJC Bose Road (parts) among others. The results of the upgrade programme have yielded high results.
These major thoroughfares have now been spared of severe waterlogging during monsoons. Encouraged by the results, the KMC top brass now wants to submit another major sewerage revamp project under AMRUT. This project aims at cleaning heavily silted trunk (major) sewerage lines from Sealdah station to Palmerbazar drainage pumping station. For this the KMC needs to spend Rs 400 crore.
This project will ensure much sought after relief for residents of large parts of central Kolkata (Elliot Road, Park Street, Theatre Road, Park Circus, Sealdah, Entally,) and some parts of Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. “We will send the project under the AMRUT to the Centre. If funds are approved, we have to engage a consultant and begin the work before this monsoon,” said a KMC sewerage and drainage department official.
Water supply upgrade programme: The KMC water supply department has drafted an integration plan to connect city’s two major water treatment plants— Palta waterworks and Garden Reach water treatment plant. Currently, the Palta water treatment plant located in Barrackpore supplies water till Park Circus area.
According to a KMC water supply department official, under the Rs 500 crore project, if an underground water pipeline is laid from Park Circus to Behala via EM Bypass and along Tolly’s Nullah, the entire city would benefit from this project.
“This integration plan will ensure that people don’t suffer from water crisis. We have augmented the capacity of water production at Palta waterworks. But the plant has remained under- utilized for a poor distribution network that fails to connect large areas of south Kolkata. This project will bridge the supply-demand gap.