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…

Kolkata: Four new town sites to get subways and underpasses
December 19, 2018

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will set up vehicular underpasses and pedestrian subways in four crucial traffic intersections in Kolkata. The amenities will be set up on the primary arterial highway in New Town to improve traffic movement and ensure pedestrian safety. The pedestrian subways and vehicular underpasses have been proposed at the intersection near the New Town bus terminus, the Novotel Crossing, Biswa Bangla Gate crossing and the Chinar Park crossing. An agency will be appointed to conduct the surveys and prepare a feasibility report, and tenders for the same have been floated. The agency will also conduct…

West Bengal govt demands progress report of rural projects by Feb 2019
December 15, 2018

The Panchayat and Rural Development department, West Bengal, has ordered all concerned rural development authorities to furnish the progress reports of various ongoing projects in the rural parts of the State by February 15, 2019. The directive was passed to be aware of the pace of development work in all the rural areas. Authorities have been asked to conduct regular meetings with the masses to know related issues hampering the development of sanctioned infrastructure projects. Officials have shared that the Gram Panchayat representatives will connect with villages at the ground level to learn about any development problems pertaining to roads,…

Government invites bids for four metro rail projects in Kolkata
December 12, 2018

The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the executing agency for Metro projects in Kolkata, has invited the bids for laying tracks on the four upcoming metro corridors in the city. The proposed Metro projects include Joka-Majerhat corridor, Noapara-Dakshineswar corridor, New Garia-airport corridor, and Noapara airport corridor. Officials have shared that the manufacturers will supply a total of 11,000 metric tonnes of tracks in the next 18 months. The tracks will be laid down from Joka to Majerhat, Garia to Ruby, Sector V to City Centre II and Noapara to Dakshineswar. The Kolkata Metro railway plans to include a minimum of…

Kolkata civic body announces 10pc tax rebate for senior citizens
November 26, 2018

The West Bengal government has proposed a 10 percent rebate on property tax for senior citizens, aged 60 years or above. The exemption will be granted to all the property owners with properties under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). Earlier, people aged 65 years and above were eligible for the tax rebate. The KMC will implement the rebate scheme from the next financial year, 2019-20. As per the proposal, the civic bodies are mandated to form a committee to specify the base unit area value to benefit the taxpayers. There are around 6.5 lakh property taxpayers. The KMC…

Kolkata to set up second largest rooftop solar housing project
November 20, 2018

Aiming to promote the use of renewable energy, the first integrated rooftop solar housing was attempted in New Town, Kolkata. Now, another affordable housing project in suburban Serampore is aiming to become the second-largest project to have a solar rooftop housing. The project will have a generation capacity of over 1.5 MW. The 30 lakh sq ft housing project on a 23 acre plot in Serampore will utilise around 2 lakh sq ft roof area in the 24 towers (G+12) to produce the 1.5 MW electricity sufficing about 18 lakh units. The project will power around 90 percent of the…

Kolkata may get monorail services in Salt Lake and New Town
November 4, 2018

In a bid to explore faster commuting options, the West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation is planning to start monorail services in Salt Lake and New Town areas. Speaking at Kolkata regional dialogue on ‘Preparing for the Future of Urban Mobility’ organised by Bengal Chamber and The Energy and Resources Institute, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) Chairman informed that a feasibility report along with the estimated cost analysis has already been prepared in this regard and the government is now looking for investors. As per HIDCO sources, the alignment of the monorail will start from Ultadanga station…

West Bengal to amend stamp duty rules
November 1, 2018

The West Bengal government is planning to make alterations in the existing stamp duty norms to make the land valuation process more transparent and accurate. The decision to change the norms was taken to assure homebuyers to get value for their money and to allow the civic authorities to collect the right share of revenue as stamp duty. The government is working closely with several State agencies, Departments including land and land reforms, public works, urban development, transport, environment, and forest before making changes in the West Bengal Stamp (Prevention of Under-valuation of Instruments) Rules. The State government is more…

Centre urges West Bengal to revoke its version of RERA
September 13, 2018

The Central Government has urged the West Bengal government to repeal its version of Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The State government had notified its own version of RERA – West Bengal Housing and Industrial Regulation Act (WBHIRA). The move is carried out to avoid any confusion for homebuyers and builders. DS Misra, Union Housing Secretary, has sent a letter to the State Chief Secretary after noticing that the State government has not given presidential assent to WBHIRA. The Law Ministry has stated that the State is required to receive presidential assent for its real estate law. Officials…

Govt allows mixed land use in New Town, Kolkata
August 23, 2018

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has allowed the homeowners to use their ground floors for commercial activities. The decision has come after the ground floors in the residential buildings of the neighbouring Salt Lake were allowed to be infused into shops. The government will charge a nominal fee for changing the usage of the floors. In 2010, the State Urban Development Department had permitted the conversion of residential properties. Various shops had emerged on the ground floor of houses along the First Avenue as well as FE Block opposite Central Park. The commercial spaces range from banks to restaurants.…

Kolkata: Road to Phoolbagan opens after six years
August 23, 2018

To facilitate the construction of Kolkata's East-West Metro’s underground station, the Phoolbagan intersection was shut down in 2012. As per a letter issued by the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), the principal agency of the project, the road has been restored and is ready for use now. For the last six years, movement of vehicles was suspended on the east-west road passing through the Phoolbagan-CIT Road-Narkeldanga crossing. The deadline of the Metro project was pushed ahead several times because of the recurring hurdles affecting the Phoolbagan stretch. The stretch was itself witnessing a lot of issues that further postponed the…

Kolkata: IGBC recognises New town as ‘Green City’
August 17, 2018

New Town in Kolkata has been recently recognised as a Green City by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which has granted gold rating certification to the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Under the State government’s Green Cities mission, New Town was already featured as one of the top townships apart from being recognised as a solar city too. The IGBC considered parameters such as land use plan, eco vision of the city, sustainable mobility, health and overall well-being, water, energy and infrastructure management, innovation and information technology to award the green tag to New Town. With this, New Town…

Bengal to adopt ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ model of development
August 17, 2018

In order to progress with the changing dynamics in the IT domain, the West Bengal is trying a new development model termed as ‘Infrastructure as a Service’. Under the new model, the IT department of the State is planning to develop an organised ecosystem for top-notch IT companies which are looking to commence working with minimum capital. Through this initiative, the government aims to create job opportunities for engineering and science graduates. According to a bureaucrat, the new model will help the government to attract companies with an interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data analytics, etc. A…

Kolkata extends the deadline for property tax payment
August 13, 2018

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has decided to extend the last date for depositing the first quarter outstanding amount of assessment based property tax to September 2, 2018. The property owners failing to pay the tax within the deadline will be charged a penalty of 30 percent of the total amount. All the property owners of various categories that have failed to pay the tax on the earlier deadline of August 2 can now initiate the payment by the new deadline, with an added penalty of 10 percent. After the implementation of new UAA based system in April,…

People’s forum urges implementation of RERA in West Bengal
August 3, 2018

Forum for People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE), a non-profit pan-India homebuyers’ association, has recently requested the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee to revoke West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (WBHIRA) and execute the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, in its true character. According to FPCE Secretary, M S Shankar, the association had written to the CM requesting her to implement a strong pan-India law to safeguard the interest of homebuyers and curb the un-regulated real estate sector across the State. It is to be noted that a meeting constituting all stakeholders, including the movement’s national convener Abhay Upadhyay,…

KMC to extend relief to taxpayers burdened by UAA
July 30, 2018

The Kolkata civic body has formed a hardship removal committee for the property taxpayers who may be burdened by the increased tax in the new Unit Area Assessment (UAA) system. Applicants will be exempted from paying the increased tax if the civic authorities deem it relevant. A taxpayer seeking an exemption is required to cite reasons for their inability to pay the tax calculated based on the UAA.  The civic authority has prepared a capping system to provide relief to the segment of property taxpayers whose tax rates hiked abnormally. There will be no increase in the tax beyond 20 percent of the existing tax rate. Some taxpayers may nevertheless find it difficult to accept the new tax rates; their cases will be then…

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