Mamata may move to new CM's residence — British-era bungalow

KolkataThe borough IX office at 11 Belvedere Road in Kolkata. Express

After the workplace, it could be time for Mamata Banerjee to move homes. The West Bengal chief minister may be preparing to leave the Kalighat address that has always been part of her politics and personality, for a new and far grander home: a British-era heritage bungalow that stands in a 16-bigha compound in Alipore.

11 Belvedere Road is currently the borough IX office of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). It could be Chief Minister Abas, the official residence of the chief minister of West Bengal.

Mamata's predecessor Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee continued to live in a small apartment in Palm Avenue through his 11 years as chief minister, and still occupies the same premises. Jyoti Basu moved homes a few times before settling down at Indira Bhavan, an irrigation department inspection bungalow.

Security is a major concern at Mamata's current address, 30B Harish Mukherjee Road. A team of top officials including the municipal commissioner, DG (Civil) and top PWD officers visited the Belvedere Road premises for a preliminary survey on Sunday, sources said.

The two-storey, red brick building which was initially used by top Raj officials came to house one of KMC's four district offices after independence, and later the borough IX office. Should it become the chief minister's official residence, the KMC office would move to Baker Lane nearby, where a building will come up next to the district magistrate's nungalow.

"The officials surveyed the premises and took measurements. The chief minister wants the entrance to remain at the southern side and the exit to the east. Officials are planning to erect a wall to block out the labour quarters, and to lay a road at the building's rear. A new gate has to be put up too," a top borough IX official said.

KMC sources said the entire ground floor was likely to get wooden flooring like it originally had, and a green carpet could be laid on the staircase lead up to the first floor from the hall.

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