The Dum Dum Municipality has taken unique steps to give a smarter look to the hawkers of the area. The ungainly shanties that dotted the service lane along VIP Road and parts of Lake Town are now being replaced with smartly designed kiosks.As per Sujit Bose, the local MLA, it is the duty of each and every citizen to keep the city clean and do their bit to beautify it.
Everyone needs to participate in this initiative, including hawkers. When the beautification work was suggested, the hawkers and the vendors cooperated. It was decided gift tin sheds with provision for electricity so that they could do business in a decent manner.
In the process, the area also got rid of the shabbiness of makeshift stalls. Around 30 such stalls have been installed along VIP Road, Canal Street and the main road of Lake Town. The municipality intends to rehabilitate 20 more hawkers and cap the number of kiosks at 50. With each stall costing around Rs 1 lakh, the municipality is spending Rs 50 lakh on this initiative.
The municipality desires to transform the 2-km stretch from Ultadanga to Dum Dum Park into a green zone. Work on the northern flank has been split into four phases, out of which two phases have been completed. A water body close to Ultadanga has been cleaned up, Devi Ghat has been built and three parks have been created for Rs 70 lakh.
The stretch of water body between Lake Town and Bangur has also been turned into a recreation zone with an investment of Rs 4 crore. Work on the third phase will begin with PWD taking up the stretch between
Golaghata and Lake Town for beautification.The southern flank along Keshtopur Canal will be beautified by the irrigation department, which is expected to be completed by this year-end.