Saturday, January 17, 2015

Meeting on New Townships

In the Bengal Global Business Summit 2015, a large number of township projects were announced. I took a follow-up meeting yesterday with CEO KMDA (Surendra Gupta), DM North 24 Paraganas (Manmeet Nanda), DM Howrah (Subhanjan Das), JMD Hidco (Sutanu Kar), Joint Secretary UD (Sumita Bagchi), Chief Planner Hidco (Prasanta Bhattacharya), Chief Archtect NKDA (Sukrit Chatterjee), District Planning Officer South 24 Paraganas, Director Planning KMDA, ATP UD, AP NKDA and few others.

We discussed the procedure to be adopted, the timelines and the theory of the New Township Policy (>50 acres, 25% EWS, 25% Economic Zone and single window). I impressed on the need to undertake a joint preliminary inspection and to help the applicants to fill up all forms and complete documentation in a pro-active manner. I set a target of Tuesday next for submission to UD the reports by Development Authority / DM in respect of the applications received till yesterday.

I also explained that even public sector land  can be auctioned for new townships within the framework of the new township policy. Land tracts at Bolpur and Kalyani had already been identified. Today, I undertook a visit to Asansol to inspect a land belonging to ADDA where another township could be conceived. Sumit Gupta CEO ADDA was with me during the inspection. A photo taken today:
Township site at Asansol (Mouza Ganrui)
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A clipping from today's paper:
Khabar 365 dt 17 Jan 2015


  1. Internet booking is a great idea. Lets do this from HIDCO website itself and not any other new site. Let this website be a common platform for booking tickets of Eco Park, Wax Museum as well as tickets of Rabindra Tirtha and Nazrul Tirtha.

    Can we also help making these townships adhere to a certain standard and make them compulsorily give certain facilities so that State Govt does not need to develop infrastructure in these townships.

    I am talking of stuffs like :

    1. 60 / 80 feet metalled / cemented internal roads
    2. Underground sewerage
    3. Purified drinking water supply ( this can also be from underground reserves)
    4. Certain percentage of space to be kept as "Green Zone".
    5. Width of pavements on both sides of the roads.
    6. Play area for Kids.
    7. Outdoor Sports ( Swimming pool, Tennis, Basketball Court etc)

  2. Can we now think of a big market in AA 3 now, with such large catchment population of Unitech, Saporji Palonji and DLF? I think HIDCO will get a good response if it develops a market in AA 3.

    Also can GSDA think of building of at least 50-60 mid-high range cottages in GangaSagar if it is planning to develop as a year-round tourist destination?