Senior officials at Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) said here on Wednesday that the KoPT has already sent an initial framework of the Hooghly riverfront beautification project to the Ministry of Shipping for approval.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Indian Railways, KoPT and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation in July this year to renovate and beautify the riverfront.

According to the MoU, a 12-km-stretch of Hooghly river bank both on the city side and on the side of the Howrah district will be beautified.

“A six-member committee, consisting of two members from each of the three bodies, have already been constituted and the RITES have been asked to do a feasibility study on the project. The report is expected to be submitted in two months,” Ajay Ranade, deputy chairman of KoPT, said on the sidelines of a tourism conference.

Mr. Ranade pointed out that any project to beautify the Hooghly riverfront will be complicated. He said that while it is a legal issue to evict the squatters and rehabilitate them, shifting the city's largest wholesale market at Posta on the riverbank is also a challenging job.