I commend this path-breaking initiative to revitalize Kolkata’s Chinatown. Besides the economic benefits, it will contribute towards fostering inter-community un
The Cha Project is a creative, multifaceted project of urban renewal that draws on the historical connections of Kolkata with the rest of Asia. Seeking inspiration from the past, it is a futuristic project with immense potential for economic and cultural regeneration of urban spaces.
Kolkata’s urban heritage thrives as a multicultural, multi-ethnic and richly textured ensemble whose true potential as a cultural and economic asset to the city and its people is yet unappreciated and unexplored. The Cha Project strongly recognizes these aspects and brings innovative, yet pragmatic, strategies in urban revitalization that are contextual and deeply embedded in local community values.
A lot of effort with inputs from some of the brightest brains are going into conceptualizing this urban revival of Chinatown. The Cha Project hopes to make it a happening place with increased footfalls and activities that will be drivers for economic growth. And this will in turn could serve as an urban planning template for other cities as well.
To me CHA represents the Co-operation, and the Hopes and Aspirations of the marginalised and it’s a project that will give a better life to countless under-served people.
There’s something about Calcutta – it resonates with us at a visceral level. We hope everyone with a Calcutta connection will support this exciting initiative.
In this increasingly globalised world Kolkata can be justifiably proud of the magnanimous way in which it has welcomed and assimilated diverse communities over the decades. The revival of Chinatown will be a worthy tribute to a community that has made significant contributions to Kolkata’s culture and economy.
The whole idea of being part of the transformation of a city is very exciting. The Cha Project opens up big opportunities for a design company like ours. It helps us expand our global footprint.
Being a knowledge consultant and a learning facilitator, I have conducted several corporate workshops in Singapore, but working on The Cha Project foreseeing the immense positive impact it can have on an entire community is deeply fulfilling.
What attracted me to The Cha Project is its commitment to community – it has identified the community as a key stakeholder and has endeavored to build mechanisms that involve it effectively.