Kolkata Map for The subsequent American plan would appropriate much of this one. For the French, it was too late; by 1898 the company had only half its original capital. It could abandon the project or sell it. Negotiations took five years, but finally in 1904 the United States bought the rights for $40 million. Construction began shortly after, and the 10-year project ended-up costing about $387 million. The final American plan was developed by John F. Stevens, chief engineer of the U. Kolkata Map 2016.