PWD-appointed agency approves second flyover over VIP Road
April 11, 2019

Offering Kolkata motorists speedy passage from Ultadanga to the airport, a proposed second flyover over VIP road has been found feasible by a PWD-appointed agency. The flyover will emerge from the point where the Ultadanga flyover ends at Dakshindari, rising over VIP Road via Lake Town and Bangur and will terminate at Dum Dum Park. Based off of suggestions from the feasibility study report three foot overbridges at Golaghata, Sree Bhumi and Lake Town will have to be stripped to make way for this flyover. A few hundred meters from Dakshindari is the 2.2 km long Kestopur-Baguiati flyover which is…

Kolkata: State government amends the Tenancy Act
April 7, 2019

The State government has decided  to alter the Thika Tenancy Act that has the potential to unlock over 2,500 acres of land in Kolkata and Howrah for redevelopment. Currently, a Thika Tenant can build a structure up to 9.5 meters, but after the proposed change, he has the right to undertake development as per the floor area. The amendment is expected to pay the way for vertical expansion in the city. Key areas which will benefit from the announcement include Burrabazaar, Ahiritola, Garden Reach, Metiabruz, Kasba, Tangra, and Gouribari. The redevelopment will be carried out under two plans. Plan A allows…

Vacant plots to be cleaned up in Salt Lake
April 4, 2019

In a bid to clean up vacant plots, the Bidhannagar civic authorities have urged the borough chairpersons to share a list of vacant plots in Salt Lake that have been turned in dumping ground or are encroached. According to an official of the civic body, some encroachers have built illegal structures on certain plots. These plots will be cleaned, and the local bodies will be tasked with the responsibility of observing the work regularly. More than 50 plots owned by the Urban Development Department (UDD) that have been allotted to leaseholders are lying vacant in Salt Lake. These plots were…

Non-cooperation from the authorities delays Kolkata Metro
March 31, 2019

Kolkata metro is experiencing inordinate delays owing to non-cooperation from the State government and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). The project that started in 2010 was supposed to be completed in four to five years of its commencement. However, the lack of support from the Authorities has delayed the project by three years. Of the five planned routes, the first route will be made operational by the next year. The 64 km stretch will run between Navapada and Dakshineshwar. However, the remaining stretches will be completed in the upcoming two to three years depending on the availability of funds, said Pradeep…

Kolkata: Eight buildings to be razed for Airport-New Garia metro
March 27, 2019

Situated opposite Captain Bheri on EM Bypass, eight buildings have recently been found to be coming in the way of the Airport-New Garia metro corridor. Allegedly, the said structures have impaired the construction of the project. These buildings are located at Majherpara, a locality which is behind Dhapa lock gate pumping station and to the west of Chingrighata-EM Bypass crossing. Out of eight in total, there are two single and double storey structures each, and one is a huge four-storey building made up on six plots. Other than these, there are three semi-pucca houses. As per the sources, the implementing…

Kolkata: Office space vacancy rate to touch an all-time high
March 17, 2019

According to the Indian Real Estate Outlook, 2019, the office space vacancy rate in Kolkata  might peak to an all-time high in the forthcoming quarters. The Grade A office space is touted to grow from 3.2 million sq ft to over 4 million sq ft within the next couple of months, resulting in an inventory glut. The increased supply might severely impact the rentals in the IT hub of the Salt Lake Sector V and New Town. With 85 percent of the plug-and-play office space situated in these areas, the vacancy rate is touted to increase from 35 percent to…

Kolkata civic body grants Rs 74 crore for Bidhannagar road repair
March 12, 2019

Road infrastructure in Bidhannagar is set to get an overhaul as the State’s Urban Development Department has given Rs 74 crore to Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for road repair in 41 wards. According to Bidhannagar Deputy Mayor, Tapas Chatterjee, the Corporation has received an administrative nod, and e-tendering process for the project is on the way. Civic authorities have already commenced with road relaying work and recently relayed a portion of the road situated inside AE Block. As per an engineer, the authorities are required to relay the stretches properly before commencing the road repair work with hot mix bituminous…

West Bengal Govt to amend Thika Tenancy Act
March 10, 2019

The West Bengal government has decided to amend the Thika Tenancy Act, which will unlock over 2,500 acres of land in Kolkata and Howrah for redevelopment. With this move, around 8 sq km or 2,000 acres of land, which is equivalent to 26 Salt Lake stadiums will be open for redevelopment. The State government has removed the clause consisting of the G+2 (9.5 m) bar on structures built on such lands. Under the Thika Tenancy Act, land parcels in the city are distributed across Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) wards 1 to 100, or the old areas of the city (excluding…

Kolkata: Diamond Harbour Road on revamp route
March 5, 2019

In Kolkata, the Public Works Department (PWD) has sanctioned a sum of Rs 17 crore to renovate a 3 km-long stretch of the Diamond Harbour Road from Taratala to Behala Chowrasta, which has been battered due to Metro rail work. The section will be widened and strengthened. To achieve this, the department has also invited a tender. The work is expected to be completed by April 2020. Considering the heavy flow of traffic on the Diamond Harbour Road, the department had initially planned to renovate the entire stretch covering 7.5 km from Joka to Majherhat. But, later it was decided…

West Bengal abolishes mutation fees on inherited land
March 3, 2019

The West Bengal government has recently decided to waive off the mutation fees levied on all inherited land property. In the past, the State government had removed 'khajna' and mutation fees on agricultural land. To expedite land-related transactions across the State, the government has launched a mobile app, 'Jomir Tathya', where buyers can get required details of the land plots without visiting the land department offices. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Land and Housing (Independent Charge), West Bengal, has shared that the buyers can avail all information about the land parcels including pending court cases. This will bring transparency in the land transactions.…

Supreme Court accepts petition challenging validity of WBHIRA
February 24, 2019

The Supreme Court has recently admitted a PIL filed by the Forum for People's Collective Efforts (FPCE) that challenges the constitutional validity of West Bengal Housing and Industrial Regulation Act 2017 (WBHIRA). To act upon, the apex court has also issued a notice to the State government to register its reply within 15 days. In the petition, the forum has urged the apex court to issue an order directing the State government to enforce and act in accordance with the provisions of the new real estate act. Not accepting the Centre's RERA and diluting the provisions in favour of builders would…

Kolkata: Noapara-Dakshineswar metro line to commence by Feb 2020
February 24, 2019

In Kolkata, a metro rail corridor connecting Noapara and Dakshineswar is more likely to become operational by February 2020. Metro officials have stated that work on the 4 km section is nearing completion. Once the metro corridor is open, residents of North 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts would enjoy hassle-free travel to Kolkata. Officials have shared that the about 80 percent of the construction work on the Noapara-Dakshineswar metro rail project is complete. A sum of Rs 65 crore has been approved for the coming fiscal year, 2019-20. West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee had announced several metro projects in the…

Kolkata civic body to provide filtered water to every home
February 21, 2019

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has adopted an extensive water augmentation scheme to provide filtered water to every home dependent on groundwater in Kolkata. The Corporation will spend Rs 406 crore on laying pipelines and producing filtered water as announced in Budget 2019-20. It is to be noted that people staying in Tollygunge-Jadavpur stretch and the areas off EM Bypass are dependent on groundwater that often leads to an upsurge in enteric diseases. In addition to this, arsenic contamination is another problem caused by the large-scale withdrawal of groundwater. Taking this into account, Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee, had directed the…

Kolkata civic body inaugurates new Maa flyover ramp
February 21, 2019

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has inaugurated the 1 km-long stretch of Maa flyover linking Park Circus-bound side of Maa flyover to the Race Course-bound side of AJC Bose Road flyover. The new ramp will enable motorists crossing through Circus Avenue and Park Circus seven-point crossing to evade traffic jams. Localities situated in the eastern part of the city such as Salt Lake, New Town, Bangur, Lake Town and Baguiati will now get closer to Alipore, Race Course, BBD Bag, Park Street and Esplanade owing to the linking of two flyovers. The arms of the flyover that were constructed in…

Kolkata commuters approve of trams as eco-friendly and cost-effective
February 21, 2019

According to a study conducted in Kolkata, 1,226 commuters approved trams as a safe, eco-friendly and economical mode of transport. However, some felt that it entails immediate infrastructure and technological upgrade and a wider transport nexus to cover more people. The survey was conducted for two months to gauge commuters’ outlook towards trams and electric streetcars, factors propelling tram travel and scope of improvement to attract more passengers. The study showcased that trams are the only mode of travel that comply with the four feature safety, being environment-friendly, aids in conservation of fossil fuel and have a minimum land requirement.…

West Bengal launches RERA portal
January 2, 2019

Despite the Centre advising the West Bengal government to adopt Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), the State has gone ahead with its own version – Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA). After much delay and deliberation, the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulatory Authority (WBHIRA) has finally launched its portal. While 28 States and Union Territories have notified RERA norms, only West Bengal has implemented its own Act – Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA). Post the Ministry advised the State to notify the rules under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, the State launched its HIRA portal. Under…

West Bengal RERA (WBHIRA): List of approved projects and agents
January 2, 2019

In June 2017, the West Bengal government had notified its version of RERA, West Bengal Housing and Industry Regulation Act (WBHIRA) after several delays. Recently, the State government has put its RERA website online allowing developers and agents to register themselves and their ongoing projects under the act. West Bengal RERA website - CLICK HERE As per the information available on the WBHIRA website, a total of 325 ongoing projects have been registered under the Act. The maximum number of projects have been approved in Kolkata and Parganas (North and South). However, no detail about registered agents is available on the…

West Bengal introduces an online system for property mutation
December 26, 2018

The West Bengal government has decided to introduce an online system in order to ease the process of property mutation. The move is expected to benefit people who face difficulties while approaching the block land reform officers (BLROs) and will curb the illegal practices being followed in the process of property mutation. The Block Land and Land Reform Office facilitates the mutation process in the State. The introduction of the online mechanism will also help minimise the regular complaints of harassment by the officers. The decision to go online for property mutation has been taken in the cabinet meeting, chaired…

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