tarun goswami
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KOLKATA, 21 July
The state Urban development department has taken up a project to repair a century old building on BBD Bag that houses the office of Kolkata Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority (KMWSA).
The building which is in a shambles  has not been repaired for the past five decades. This is for the first time when the state government has taken an initiative to repair a heritage structure in the BBD Bag area. After thorough repair the building will be pained in blue and white, official colour of the state government. 
The estimated cost of the project is  Rs 1.65 crore. The employees of KMWSA along with the members of Development Employees Joint Action Committee met Mr Firhad Hakim, state Urban development minister  who came to the office on 17 April and requested to maintain the old building. The detailed project report will be deposited to the department soon.
The  four  storeyed  building houses the office of KMWSA on the ground and first floors. The office of  the accounts and general section is situated on the ground floor while the office of the officer on special duty, chief finance officer, personnel officer and two chief engineers.
The building will be thoroughly repaired and given a fresh coat of paint. The office will be made centrally air conditioned. The wood work will be repaired and varnished.
City based heritage and restoration architects said the building is of  immense architectural value and is a classic example of British architecture. They said painting a heritage building blue and white in a nod to contemporary political correctness will betray a lack of a sense of history.
Mr PB Nag, general secretary Development Agencies Joint Action Committee has congratulated the state government for taking up a measure to repair and maintain a heritage
building.