- Civic body advocates development in sync with surroundings

Will our Park Street or Chowringhee ever be mentioned in the same breath
as Champs Ellysses, Paris, Unter den Linden, Berlin, or Fifth Avenue,
New York City?

In a city plagued by piecemeal planning and haphazard growth, the first
strong overtures in recent times from the civic brass stressing the need
for urban design guidelines, has held out hope for not just an aesthetic
uplift to Calcutta’s skyline, but a more standardised urbanscape.

“There can’t be uncontrolled diversity in design, more so in public
space development. We genuinely feel in civic urban design, stakeholders
matter more than insiders and hence, we have to look at some form of
design control now, maybe a sort of a proto-urban arts commission,”
municipal commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay has said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of “12 on 12 — Kolkata Konversations”,
a platform for architects and designers from across the country to share
their ideas and talk of their concerns and beliefs, organised by
Riverbank Holdings doing the integrated Batanagar township development,
on Friday.