Monday, October 7, 2013

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee to shift home on advice of an astrologer?

Mamata to shift home on advice of an astrologer?


Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee may finally move out of her Kalighat home in south Kolkata, where she has lived since birth, and shift to a palatial building in posh Alipore area, apparently on the advice of an astrologer.
    The building on Belvedere Road — the address of top industrialists of the city — now serves as the Borough IX office of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). Sources said the CM has been toying with the idea ever since an astrologer suggested that she shift her office and home to the west of river Hooghly. She has already moved into office across the Hooghly, in Mandirtala in Howrah.
    If Mamata shifts to Alipore, her new home will be a stark contrast to her present one on Harish Chatterjee Street, a short walk from the historic Kalighat temple. The Alipore building is on a sprawling two-acre land with 8-10 rooms, a huge conference room and a hall. Mamata shares the Kalighat house with her brothers’ families.
    Sources said urban development minister Firhad Hakim, a former Borough IX chairman, visited the building on
Saturday to take stock of the infrastructure. The South 24-Parganas SP’s office, a railway office, the Command Hospital and Agri-Horticultural Society of India are in the vicinity.
    A team of officials from the administration and the civic body was supposed to visit the building on Monday, but it was postponed at the last moment, sources said. A civic official confirmed that the move hasn’t been shelved.
    “The proposal is still being considered and we have been asked to find a suitable place for shifting the borough office,” he said.
    The move hasn’t gone down well with a section of civic body officials. “We have to shift several departments including civil engineering, health, conservancy and building... It will be difficult to shift these facilities without finding a suitable substitute,” said a senior civic official.

Mamata Banerjee at her Kalighat residence

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