Kolkata: As part of the ongoing restoration project of the iconic Town Hall, a heritage structure, being undertaken by the Bengal Government, it has been decided to upgrade it to an earthquake-proof building.
The strengthening of the more-than-200-year-old structure is being undertaken keeping in mind the series earthquakes, though of lesser intensity, in the past few years. Experts from IIT Roorkee have prepared a detailed report on restoring the structure, and the decision for earthquake-proofing is based on it.
An official from the Public Works Department (PWD), which is overseeing the restoration, said that as per the planning, fibre-reinforced concrete around the huge pillars in front of Town Hall will strengthen it and at the same time, steel will be used to fix the structure of the roof with the pillars.
At the same time, the lighting arrangements will be done in such a way that they add more elegance to the building’s look.