The project was done in collaboration with Akriti, Kolkata.
On September 1st, the ongoing ambitious East-West Metro Project, meant to connect Howrah Maidan and New Town Rajarhat areas of West Bengal was brought to a halt, when a massive tragedy culminated post a tunnel-boring machine hit an underground aquifer and caused the collapse of multiple buildings in Central Kolkata.
The inhabitants of this tragedy-stricken area have dwelled there for generations. Therefore, the irreplaceable emotional value associated with their idea of home is insurmountable. ‘Home’ is not only a safe haven that provides a roof above our heads but years and years of inhabitation has also led to produce a sense of identity and ownership along with it. Recognizing all of these factors, the Chief Minister of the State proposed for equal compensation as a part of the rehabilitation package. She said, “A house for a house, a shop for a shop.”
The accommodation that will be provided, will have the same area in terms of measurement, as per the old accommodation. The interior shall be divided as per the requirements of the occupant. The buildings will be facing a green park that shall be situated at the center. Furthermore, while apartment lifestyle would bring forward the comforts of low maintenance as compared to old houses that require frequent fittings and repairs, organized way of living and a comfortable life, it would also provide a long-term relief to the rehabilitated residents.