Kolkata: According to the CM of West Bengal, Kolkata is the numero uno un planned city. Keeping in mind the heritage factor associate with West Bengal, Trinamool Congress, has taken huge initiative to restore the lost glory of the heritage sites all over the State.The State Information and Cultural Affairs Department (I&CA) has started restoration and conservation of 15 heritage structures across the state.
Among the important heritage structures that have been chosen for the restoration is Buxa Fort at Buxa, Alipurduar. An integrated development plan has also been chalked up for Buxa Fort. The conservation and restoration of Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel in Kalimpong will be done. The Duff College building in the city at Jorabagan will be conserved. Another big project is the conservation and restoration of Rangibasan Palace at Mahishadal in East Midnapore.
The other heritage structures that have been included in the list for conservation and restoration are the excavated site at Moghalmari in West Midnapore, conservation and development of Duplex Palace Museum at Hooghly’s Chandernagore, development and extension of Murshidabad district museum at Jiaganj and North Dinajpur district museum, development of the Site Museum at Malda’s Jagjibanpur for Rs 2.15 crore, the third phase restoration and conservation work of Danish Governor’s House and the restoration of Henry Martin’s Pagoda in Serampore, Hooghly and some others like restoration and conservation of Govinda temple at Icchapore in North 24-Parganas and restoration of Raghunath temple at Boromakalitola Road at Hooghly’s Pandua. The authorities chose the sites after thorough surveys.
Incidentally, the West Bengal Tourism Department has decided to renovate and resurrect the Tiretti Bazar, the erstwhile Old China Town in central Kolkata, in association with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and a Singapore-based orgnaisation. The project named ‘Cha’ l promises to take one back to the last decades of the 18th century, when the Chinese had started trickling into the city to become permanent settlers. From food and drinks to street shopping, the project will bring give an oriental touch to Kolkata