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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Home Town Mall - New Town - Rajarhat - Kolkata - Block by Block

Home Town Mall - New Town - Rajarhat - Kolkata

Largest city store to open in New Town

Calcutta is set to welcome its biggest retail outlet, a 200,000sq ft answer to international giants Ikea and Home Depot, at a time when a clutch of large-format shop stops have downed shutters or are on the brink of closure.

HomeTown, the “first-of-its-kind home improvement retail format in India”, will unveil its largest store this week at Bengal Shrachi’s Block by Block mall in New Town. The store will be as big as the entire Forum mall.

“We have always shared a special emotional connect with Calcutta and this HomeTown store is an affirmation of our faith in this city,” Kishore Biyani, the CEO of the Future Group, told Metro. The HomeTown chain is owned by Home Solutions (India) Ltd, a part of the Future Group.

The Rajarhat shop stop, to be inaugurated on June 20, will be the seventh in the chain after Noida, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Lucknow. The store will be divided into three sections — exhibitions, markets and services, with over 150 rooms designed and fitted out on display. It will also provide design-and-build services to customers, with a team of designers on the rolls.

The markets section will feature products for living room, dining room, bedroom, kids’ room, kitchen, bathroom, home furnishings, mattresses, eZone (consumer durables and electronics) and Depot (books, music etc). The services section will offer options such as Mr Carpenter, Mr Plumber, Mr Electrician, Mr Painter, door delivery and installation.

“This will do wonders for Rajarhat’s sagging public image, which has seen negative perception amplify in recent months over infrastructure issues. A huge destination retail address like HomeTown has the power to draw footfalls from far and wide,” said Rahul Todi, the managing director of Bengal Shrachi.

Consumers will also get professional advice on various home-related issues, ranging from interiors, carpentry, plumbing and painting to even grihapravesh puja.

Future Group is targeting revenues of Rs 1,800 crore from the chain of HomeTown stores. The Rajarhat address is twice the average size of the other outlets and is expected to generate “substantially higher” revenues than the template target of Rs 200 crore from each store.

“Such a gigantic store is an emphatic renewal of faith in Calcutta’s retail climate and will go a long way in boosting investor confidence in these troubled times. The Rajarhat HomeTown will have a large catchment area and a home-solutions format like this will always have takers, boom or bust,” said Abhijit Das of retail and property consultants Lemongrass Advisors.

Future Group is also rolling out seven large-format stores in and around the city over the next few months — four Big Bazaar outlets in Salt Lake and Lake Mall (45,000sq ft each), Sealdah (50,000sq ft), Birati (21,000sq ft), a Pantaloons store in City Centre 2 (40,000sq ft) and two outlets in Mani Square — Fashion @ Big Bazaar and Planet Sports.


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Why are trees so important?

Trees are so important to us because of the following reasons which are mentioned in the article given below. Follow the link.

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Plant More Trees & Stop Global Warming

Plant More, More and More in your locality. If you are in Kolkata now, you must have experienced the hot days, humid days, everyday without any sign of rain. Have you ever thought why this is happening nowadays? These types of extreme conditions were not a part of our lives even 2-3 years back and our childhood days were much cooler.

Every day now the temperature keeps 3 to 4 degrees above normal and it is unbearable to stay outdoors from 8am in the morning till 6pm in the evening. If anyone does so he is bound to sweat profusely and wet his shirt, trousers and bear the unbearable hot and humidity.

In spite of such pains no one has ever thought of why such things are happening and waiting for the rain to come and make things better but the rain is absent even during the beginning of monsoon season. No one has even thought a solution to curb this problem in our city.

I have thought of a solution and according to that we desperately need to plant trees in our localities after every 10 metres. Such trees should be planted which will grow faster and will give shade to people from the scorching heat of the sun. As trees will transpire water the water cycle will be completed which is not affected but to incessant cutting down of trees and breaking down of trees by storm Aila, so more trees should be planted in our localities so that we can have a cool road to walk even during the hottest days of summer months.

Thus I think global warming can be hindered from entering our social lives and destroying it. Recently I had visited Bangalore and had seen so many trees in every locality of the city no matter whether it is old or new, rich or poor, inside the city or outside. What matters are planning of more trees in Bangalore has made the city go green and by planting more trees has brought a climatic change in the city. The city is pleasant and cool throughout the day and very cool during nights. It is my plan to change Kolkata in to a tree based city with trees every 10 meters, where there should no hot and humid climate and it should be a pleasant place to live.


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Friday, June 12, 2009


Vajra Volvo Bus (air conditioned)

Last month I visited Bengaluru and I had the good opportunity to travel by AC Vajra Volvo Buses that Bengaluru Transport Department has launched in the city for safe and hassle free transportation of commuters from one part of the city to another. The above is the photo of the air conditioned red colour Vajra Buses that ply across the city from Bengaluru Inernational Airport (BIA) to different parts of the city.

Such buses are a real need in our city Kolkata too. Our transport department should look forward to launch such buses in Kolkata so that people can have easy transportation in AC Volvo buses across the city. These buses are not only big and spacious but they take sharp turns even through the narrowest of lanes and they are so fast that they travel from one place to another in half the time that other buses do.

Bengaluru has launched around 500 such buses and so I request Kolkata to launch at least 100 such buses. This would definitely change the transportation scenario of Kolkata. People would reach their destination early and the journey would be hassle free. Though the fare is a bit expensive in Bengaluru, in Kolkata we could devise pass systems or bring down the fares for making more common people especially regular commuters travel through such buses.

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