Work to complete the Dhana Dhanya Cultural Complex is being carried out on a war footing and senior government officials feel that it would be ready for use much ahead of its previous deadline.
February 2019 is the deadline for finishing the cultural complex, which is one of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream projects.
Banerjee had announced the decision to set up Dhana Dhanya Bhavan – a cultural complex of international standard – as a mark of respect to poet, playwright and lyricist Dwijendralal Roy.
The state Public Works Department had initiated the work soon after the Chief Minister’s announcement.
The cultural complex is coming up on a three acre plot at Alipore. There will be an open air theatre and a rooftop cafeteria on a three-tier car parking lot in the adjacent plot.
According to a senior official of the state PWD, a considerable amount of work will be completed by the end of March this year.
The work of the basement is complete and the next step of the construction work will be completed in the next two months.
The official said that Dhana Dhanya Cultural Complex is “going to be one of the best places of attraction in the city and any major programme can be organised in the auditorium that has a seating capacity of 2,600.”
There had been certain problems at the plot earmarked for Dhana Dhanya project, with some slum dwellers protesting against the eviction drive.
Only nine families objected to the eviction. Later, the plot was cleared and all the people were rehabilitated.
The parking lot will also be of immense help to decongest the Alipore area, where already several important installations are situated.
At present, parking is a major issue in the area. The situation goes out of control especially when hundreds of people visit the Alipore Zoological garden.
With the completion of Dhana Dhanya Cultural Complex, the demand for space to park vehicles will go up several times.
In a bid to avoid any traffic snarls in the area, the plan was chalked to set up a multi-level parking lot near the zoo.