Who would have thought that the city’s tallest building would finally come up on a palace belonging to the erstwhile royal family of Darbhanga and that too on Chowringhee Road in downtown Kolkata? Well, that was until a consortium of realty developers led by Diamond Group divulged its plans to build a 250-metre tall plush commercial structure on Chowringhee Road, next to Tata Centre.The proposed tower, tall enough to accommodate 83 storeys, would house only 54 floors.
For years the tallest building in Kolkata was the 20-storyed commercial complex Chatterjee International Centre near Chowringhee Road-Park Street crossing. Everest House was next! Also on Chowringhe Road, but further South. Then came the much-hyped 35-storyed South City on Prince Anwar Shah Road. South City Mall has been thrown open a couple of months ago but the residential complex within South City is still getting finishing touches). And before South City welcomes its residents, at least three new projects have been announced, each claiming to be the tallest at the time of disclosure.
Life Insurance Corporation, which had coughed up Rs 276 crore last year to purchase five acres opposite Science City on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, unveiled plans to develop a 50-storey commercial property there a few months ago. It will have 15 floors more than the South City residential towers, which was the tallest in the city then.Around the same time, three other projects were announced — Cesma International Centre (50 storeys), Shristi International Hotel Tower (45 storeys) at Rajarhat and Biswa Banga Shikhar (42 storey) on EM Bypass.
The proposed 54-storey commercial tower on Darbhanga Royal Palace will literally tower over the Chowringhee skyline. It will house 10 levels of car parking at the base and a helipad, 35-36 floors of office space, a food court and convention centre spanning three levels. That's not all. For the first time in the city or possibly in the country, a property of this magnitude will have a floor-to-ceiling height of 4.2m, a grand 42-ft high entrance lobby, a sky garden on the 29th level and three levels of viewing galleries on top of everything, disclosed Amarnath Shroff, director of Diamond Group.
The property has been designed by a famed structural design expert from Ottawa — Joseph P Colaco, with supported from a local structural engineer Sanjeev Parekh. All necessary structural precautions have been taken, including the seismic load factor, assured the developer.