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    Kolkata Municipal Corporation engineers to oversee added area infra projects

    Saikat Ray / TNN / Updated: Aug 4, 2022, 06:42 IST


    Kolkata Municipal Corporation

    KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation will send a team of engineers to oversee the ongoing infrastructure projects across 25 wards in Behala, Garden Reach and Metiabruz, known as added areas.

    Mayor Firhad Hakim on Wednesday took the decision at a review meeting at the civic headquarters. The meeting was attended by councillors and senior officials of the KMC essential services department.

    The meeting was convened to take stock of the progress of several major infrastructure projects that include sewerage and drainage upgrade, water supply augmentation and maintenance of roads. Hakim also wanted to know if the councillors are facing funds shortage in their respective wards.

    According to Borough XVI chairman Sudip Polley, the drainage pumping station at Joka, once completed, will resolve the waterlogging woes in Joka and adjoining Behala neighbourhoods. Residents of Joka, Behala Chowrasta, Sakherbazar, Raja Rammohan Roy Road, Haridevpur among other areas will benefit from the project.

    The drainage pumping station was designed by the Kolkata Environment and Infrastructure Improvement Project funded by the Asian Development Bank.







    Kolkata Municipal Corporation engineers to oversee added area infra projects | Kolkata News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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      Cracks appear on Ultadanga flyover

      Engineers from the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) visited the spot and did an initial inspection of the two cracks that were spotted. According to one of the engineers, the cracks do not affect the safety of the flyover.

      By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
      August 4, 2022 3:13:22 am

      The flyover, which was commissioned 11 years ago, has been plagued with issues. In 2013, a portion of the EM Bypass bound arm of the flyover collapsed because of faulty bearings.

      Motorists and local residents on Wednesday spotted cracks that have developed on a section of the VIP Road-bound arm of the Ultadanga flyover, raising concern over safety.

      Engineers from the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) visited the spot and did an initial inspection of the two cracks that were spotted. According to one of the engineers, the cracks do not affect the safety of the flyover. However, a detailed inspection will be carried out by experts in the next few days, sources said.

      The flyover, which was commissioned 11 years ago, has been plagued with issues. In 2013, a portion of the EM Bypass bound arm of the flyover collapsed because of faulty bearings. In November last year, health inspection of the flyover was done. The EM Bypass-bound arm was closed for vehicular traffic for a few days owing to repair work.







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        Bidhannagar: Salt Lake homes may be allowed extra floor

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        The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started working on a draft plan for this even as civic officials said the proposal has been discussed and accepted in an MMiC meeting.


        KOLKATA: House-owners in Salt Lake may soon be allowed to construct an additional floor - a proposal that was mooted several years ago. The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started working on a draft plan for this even as civic officials said the proposal has been discussed and accepted in an MMiC meeting. It will now be placed before the board of councillors for approval.

        The move will also allow conversion of temporary structures into permanent ones. For a long time, BMC has been receiving requ-ests from residents for permission to construct an extra floor.

        "Once the proposal is passed in the board of councillors meeting, a draft proposal to amend the BMC building rules will be placed before the state urban development and municipal affairs department for approval," said a BMC official.

        The new proposal will also include having a provision to have a lift even for two-storied buildings. "There are many elderly residents in Salt Lake who find it difficult to use the stairs," said an official.

        Back in 2010, the then Bidhannagar municipality had prepared a proposal on allowing residents an extra floor but it was turned down, citing reasons that having an additional floor will severely affect the township's sewerage and drainage system and will put pressure on the water supply system. According to BMC officials, both the drainage as well as water supply network have been upgraded in the last 12 years.

        Architects said the civic authorities will need to be cautious and should need to go through every detail while coming up with the proposal to allow an extra floor. "There is no problem if an old building is demolished and a new building with an extra floor is being reconstructed. But in case of setting up another floor on an existing building, the foundation will need to be checked," said structural engineer Anjan Kumar Dutta.

        "Apparently, there should be no problem. The only thing that needs to be seen is whether the present infrastructure regarding the drainage system and roads will be able to handle the pressure of an extra floor," said Tamal Pal, a facility manager of a real estate firm.

        "There is no harm but there should be a check if there is adequate infrastructure," said Bidhannagar Welfare Association secretary Sarat Mullick.
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