Publication:Times Of India Kolkata; Date:Jul 12, 2008; Section:Times City; Page Number:2
REACHING FOR THE SKY
At 550 feet, seven highrises coming up at Anandapur will be the tallest residential buildings in the city by 2011
Saikat Ray | TNN :
Kolkata: The city is reaching for the clouds, quite literally. Kolkata's skyline is going to climb 550 feet high by 2011
up from 330 feet now when the city's tallest residential venture will be ready at Anandapur, off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.
The complex will have two 45-storeyed and five 40-storeyed residential buildings constructed by Bengal NRI Complex
Ltd, a consortium between a group of realtors and the state government. The Rs 2,000-crore project will take off this year-end
and be completed by December 2011, said a realtor associated with the project.
Joining hands to make it the country's best-known residential complex are four realtors who built South City on Anwar
Shah Road — the tallest residential buildings in the city right now. Two other realtors have also joined them. The
former had eyed the 65-acre area in the ’90s, long before they had even sketched the 330-foot-high South City project,
with the tallest tower being 35-storeyed. But litigation had delayed the Anandapur project.
Now, the plans are ready for a model township and the construction of the seven skyscrapers and more than 50 plush
bungalows will start by this December. These will together house 8,000 people.
The realtor group has taken up the matter with municipal commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay and apprised him of the
minute details of the project before submitting a building sanction plan. As part of its corporate responsibility, the group
has assured the civic authorities that it would construct roads and take care of the street lighting system in the vicinity
of the complex. We will spend Rs 15 crore for building the infrastructure in the area,an official said.
To address safety concerns of buyers, the consortium will hire a US firm to subject the towers to all modern tests
to check their structural stability, said architects associated with the project. It will go through wind tunnel test to ensure
that the towers can withstand mighty winds at such a height. This is a mandatory test for all skyscrapers in America, said
Eco-friendliness will be a key feature of the complex, making it the city's first green re s i d e n t i a l area.
With its own sewage pumping s t at i o n and sewage treatment plant, waste water from all the buildings will be treated and
recycled for gardening and washing purposes.Rainwater harvesting will be a salient feature of the complex,said S K Todi, one
of the realtors. A car park wide enough for 5,000 cars and a commercial zone will be the other features.
Besides, a centralised refuse container will collect and dispose of the 4,652 kg waste generated by residents, who
are expected to consume 12.53 lakh litre of water every day.
Two 45-storey and five 40-storey buildings to come up at Anandapur off EM Bypass will be city's tallest residential buildings
t Work to start: December 2008 t Date of completion: December 2011 t Parking capacity: 5,000 cars at a time t Consumption
of water: 12.53 lakh litre t Waste generation: 4,652 kg garbage THE TOWERS WILL BEAT: Current tallest South City..