02 Aug '11, 11am

MT @ADAMPLOW: #Kolkata, old capital of British #India, aims 2 become a '2nd London' (AFP)

MT @ADAMPLOW: #Kolkata, old capital of British #India, aims 2 become a '2nd London' (AFP)

NEW DELHI - The local government in Kolkata, once capital of British India, is to kick off plans Tuesday to transform the congested city into a "second London" replete with a London Eye ferris wheel. Mamata Banerjee, the feisty newly elected chief minister of the state of West Bengal, made an election pledge to transform the dysfunctional and poverty-stricken Indian metropolis into a world class city. "Kolkata was the second city of the British empire. Why can't our Kolkata be a second London?" Banerjee told AFP ahead of the official ceremony launching the project later on Tuesday. The planned facelift marks the first major urban renewal effort in the state by Banerjee, who became known as "the giant killer" after toppling the world's longest-serving communist government in West Bengal in May. The bustling metropolis of 15 million, whose name was officially changed in 2001...

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