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Balurghat facelift plan set to take off

Statesman News Service | Balurghat |

The Municipal Affairs Department has allocated Rs 5 crore for the first phase of work for the Green City project in the Balurghat municipality area. The process of issuing tenders has concluded and work will start soon, it is learnt.

The process of beautification of the town and infrastructural development with all modern facilities will begin from the next month, officials said. The Opposition parties have, however, criticized the inability of the municipality to ban the use of plastic in the town.

The district administration and the Balurghat municipality had last year jointly decided to turn the town green by implementing the Green City Mission project in the town.

“The main roads in Balurghat municipality and embankments of the Atryee River have been initially selected for the project. The project will be initiated from the Tank More to Mangalpur More. The second part will cover Mangalpur to Tankmore via the Balurghat bus stand, Biswaspara, Tahabazar and Thanamore, while the third phase of beautification will be carried on with construction of modern facilities on the banks of the river Atryee,” said an official.

According to the detailed project report submitted to the Municipal Affairs Department, beautification of the roads with welcome gate, traffic booths, signal systems, plantation of trees, lighting on all the roads, establishment of high power lights in every corner of the town and most significantly, a decision to make the town hoarding and banner-free was taken up in the report.

The administration has also proposed construction of a park on the banks of the Atryee River, a parking lot, seating arrangements, construction of roads and lighting.

The Municipal Affairs Department in the meantime has granted Rs 56, 44,918 for the initial phase of work. A total of Rs 78, 60,671 for the second phase and Rs 1, 17, 28,056 for the third phase has been allotted by the Municipal Affairs Department, official Balurghat municipality sources said.

“The municipality has completely failed to follow the first proposal to make the city plastic-free. The municipality had reinforced a ban on the use of plastic carry bags in town two months ago, but without any impact at all. Every project taken up by the municipality has failed.They have no vision,” said an RSP councillor and youth leader, Pralay Ghosh.

The chairman of the Balurghat municipality, Rajen Shil, meanwhile, said, “The work will start from the first week of May and will be completed before Durja Puja. Construction of the park and beautification of the banks of the Atryee River will take some time, but we will try to complete it within mid-October. The tender process has completed and the work will begin in phases soon.”