|In terms of a notification dated 8.9.2011 issued by the Govt. of West Bengal in the Department of Home, the Rules of Business of the Government has been amended and HIDCO is now within the Urban Development Department.|
New Town Project is designed as a self sustained project with cross subsidy from HIG to LIG. Plot price for MIG is the break even price of land including infrastructure, that for LIG is subsidized and HIG is at higher price.
Total resident population 10 lacs and floating population 5 lacs
A. Self sustained project
This is the most striking approach of this project. West Bengal Government is implementing this project with direct control of all the activities through the fully owned Government Company (Hidco) without any budgetary support/allocation from the State Government. The Project is designed as a self sustained one with cross subsidy from Higher Income Group to Lower Income Group / Economically weaker Section. The process of incremental development is adopted in phases. Initial investment for Land procurement and development of basic infrastructure like land filling etc were started by obtaining advances from financial institutions. During the process of land procurement earmarking of the saleable plots are made. Advance is received in the name of application money from the prospective allottees. Payment schedule of the plot price is so made that land will be developed with all infrastructures and repayment of advances obtained from the financial institution will be completed. The approach is synchronization of all the activities like advances taken, time bound project work of land procurement, development of infrastructure, receiving of price of plot as per payment schedule, repayment of loans and delivery of developed plots to the end users.
B. Land Mobilization
This is also one of the most unique features. To streamline procurement of land West Bengal Government has constituted a land procurement committee comprising the local representatives of existing recognized political parties and concerned Government officials. At the initial stage, to expedite procurement and to involve the local people we have started procurement of land through negotiation directly from the local people. To ensure proper compensation, Land Procurement Committee, taking into consideration of sale price, farmers’ demand and ground reality, fixed up prices according to the market rates. As a result formal acquisition proposal by the Land Acquisition Collectors were expeditiously processed without any impediment. To mention at this stage about 80% lands have been procured in the project area of Action Area I, II & III (3087 hectares).
Total land to be procured in the project area: 3552 hectares i.e. 8777 acres
Proposed area for acquisition 7948.79 acres
Land acquired so far 6834.98 acres
Land directly purchased 250 acres (around)
Total land procured 7084 acres (around)
C. Development of Infrastructure
1) Land Development: Land filling & development of fishery
Earth required for filling up land is being obtained from nearby Bheries. The vast area under fisheries in the southern part of our proposed township have been silted over time and as a result fish cultivation/productivity in the area was reduced to a great extent. It was not possible for the Govt. to support excavation of such huge programme of de-silting. This approach yields two way benefit: (i) filling up land by earth at a reduced cost vis-à-vis filling say by dredged materials (silt) from river bed, and (ii) development of fisheries by excavation of silted earth from the fisheries. Around 2 crores 70 lakhs cubic metres have so far been excavated (out of 2.95 crores Cu.m required filling volume) leading to improvement of pisiculture and generation of employment involved in fishery activities.
Land area developed 2388 Ha
2) Water supply, sewerage & drainage
Water supply, sewerage & drainage works havae been entrusted to PHE Department of Govt. of West Bengal in order to minimize administrative expenses of manpower. Existing manpower of PHE Department has been utilized. In Action Area (AA) –I is almost complete In AA-II works are in advance stages of construction. Works in Action Area-III for storm drain and sewerage and pipe water line started only recently.
2a) Surface Water Scheme in New Town:
Though initially, it is proposed to tap ground water source but as
per medium & long term solution it is proposed to draw water of
River Hooghly at Chitpur Lock gate through Kestopur New Cut Canal to
WTP in New Town for total ultimate supply of 100 MGD. Development will
be taken up in phases. Initially arrangement for supply of 20 MGD is
taken up keeping in view the rate of population inflow into New Town.
Works of Water Treatment Plant with ancillary items is in an advance
A joint venture company NEW TOWN ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY, (NTESC) of WBSEB & WBHIDCO is entrusted with the arrangement of power supply and distribution of the same in the New Township. The work for supply of power by NTESC has already been taken up. 33kv/11kv Sub Station has already been constructed in AA-IA. It is proposed to construct 23 nos of 33/11 KVA Sub-Station in New Town area. Two No. of sub station have already been commissioned in AA-I. Construction of other two 33/11KV Sub Stations in AA-IB/IC & ID is in progress. In AA-II, 4 substations are to be constructed. Construction of two substations is in progress Work for 132 KV Sub Station in AA-I and for 220 KV Sub station in AA-III have been completed, WBSEB has taken up the construction work for overhead tower.
6) Prevention of Pollution of Beliaghata Circular Canal Work from Gaznabi Bridge to crossing point of EM by pass:
This work has been taken up by KMC with fund provided by KMDA and HIDCO on 50:50 basis. The present cost is Rs. 6.38 Crores. This work is necessary to keep the Kestopur Canal System free of Pollution as this is going to be channel for flow of raw water upto the WTP in New Town.
Total allotment Individual and cooperatives = 8422 HIG = 3970 MIG = 3663, LIG =789 Area 597.72 acre
Allotment of land taking into account bulk residential, commercial, IT and other non residential activities is 1516.862 acres
In New Town, LIG & MIG plots /flats comprise more than 60 % of the said allotment
Housing for Economically Weaker Section :( EWS): WBHIDCO
has taken a policy for developing housing for the economically weaker
section of the society at a subsidized rate. In the first phase (EWS-I
scheme) 928 flats has been completed. Almost all flats have been distributed.
In the second phase (EWS-II scheme), construction of 736 dwelling units
for Economical Weaker Section has been completed and allotment made through
E. Environment friendly township:
Large Open Space, greeneries and water bodies: 50 % of
the project area is left open for roads, drains, greeneries, water bodies
etc. Total recorded water bodies in New Town project area was around 109
hectares. We have already
F. Major Activities: (highlights)
a). One Solar Housing Complex by WEBREDA has been completed
G. Welfare activities in New Town:
Unlike other township, WBHHIDCO Ltd entrusted with the development of New town has taken a series of welfare activities and neighbourhood development to keep parity with the infrastructure being developed in the adjacent areas
(a). Rehabilitation and Resettlement program:
(ii) Resettlement of refugees occupied land in the project
area: Beneficiaries indentified so far: 683
(c). Reservation: 3-5% plots /flats constructed by HIDCO
are reserved for landlosers
The schemes, among others comprise improvement of roads, drains, culverts, excavation of canals, Sinking of Tube wells, etc. Financial involvement of the project cost will be around Rs.82.0963 Crores .Fund amounting Rs.65.4557 Crores has so far been released.