With the roof of the 65th floor, 42 Chowringhee (JN Road) has become the tallest building in India, defeating The Imperial in South Mumbai's Tardeo.
The 42 has reshaped the skyline of Kolkata, overlooking the Maidan and the Hooghly river beyond, dwarfing Tata Centre, Chatterjee International and Everest House that had dominated the skyline for over five decades.
"The construction of The 42 has been completed. At 268 metres, it is now the tallest building in India. It would have been the second-tallest had the additional four floors that were later sanctioned not been constructed," said AN Shroff of Alcove Realty, one among the three companies that formed a consortium to develop the ultra-premium residential project
At 167.6 metres, the second-tallest building in Kolkata is Urbana. It is almost 100 metres short than 'The 42'. With Forum Atmosphere at 152 metres and Westin at 150 metres respectively, make up the list of buildings that are over 150 metres.
With a cluster of three high profile projects-- two residential and one commercial-- in various stages of development, the skyline behind Science City off EM Bypass is also changing dramatically.
The Atmosphere, the 140 metres high-rise with a hanging deck between the twin towers that has the clubhouse, has already received the completion certificate from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).
Ideal Unique Centre- the city's tallest commercial building is another high-rise is nearing the completion next door. The height of the building will be around 167 metres with 31 floors. "The building with space to house 104 offices will be completed by March 2020," said Nakul Himatsingka of Ideal Group.
Harsh Patodia of Unimark Group, the national president-elect of Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India said, " These new generation tall buildings and branded residences that cater to the aspiration class who want state of the art residences and workplaces are also redefining Kolkata's skyline.
Adding to which he said,"New age developments like these will impart an international and global favour to the city."