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    Salt Lake parks get green lease of life

    Suman Chakraborti | TNN | Mar 3, 2021, 04:22 IST






    Kolkata: With elections around the corner, parks and green verges across Salt Lake are getting a facelift. Many of the existing parks have been revamped while small parks are being set up to give a greener look to the township.

    Several parks in Salt Lake had been lying in neglect for a long time. Now, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation authorities are working on the facelift of these parks.

    The ward coordinators are developing the existing parks, using the councillors’ funds that were allotted earlier. There are about 50 parks inside various blocks across Salt Lake.

    “The parks in Bidhannagar are for the children to play as well as for the elderly to roam about. We are cleaning and renovating the parks and removing weeds and bushes. Some new parks are also being developed as well,” said Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation’s chairperson, Krishna Chakraborty. A new park is coming up at AL Block under Chakraborty’s Ward 29.

    In Ward 40, the EC Block park has been revamped with the establishment of a meditation centre adjacent to its premises. A new park has come up beside City Centre mall in DC Block.

    “We are also developing a large open area at CD Block into a park. The land had been lying vacant for several years since the township was developed,” said the Ward 40 coordinator, Tulsi Sinha Roy.

    Locals are happy over the development. “This open space used to be in a mess with garbage dumped and other nuisance. It is a good move to develop the vacant land into a park,” said Pratul Kumar Das, a resident of CD Block, who lives opposite the ground.












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      Kolkata civic body may offer 60% waiver in property tax after March 31

      According to a KMC assessment department official, of around 1,00,000 property tax defaulters who had applied for the 100% interest waiver scheme, 80% of them have already paid their dues, helping the civic body mop up Rs 450 crore.
      KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) brass has extended the deadline for the 100% interest waiver scheme till March 31, hoping to mop up Rs 200 crore more in another one month. After this deadline expires, KMC is likely to introduce a 60% waiver on interest accrued on property tax dues.

      According to a KMC assessment department official, of around 1,00,000 property tax defaulters who had applied for the 100% interest waiver scheme, 80% of them have already paid their dues, helping the civic body mop up Rs 450 crore. The 100% waiver scheme was introduced on October 1 last year. The deadline for the scheme — that was initially on December 31, 2020 — has been extended thrice.

      However, witnessing a rush to avail of the 100% waiver scheme and enabling defaulters to take advantage of the scheme, the civic brass has decided to extend the deadline to March 31.

      “We have to give a chance to 20,000 applicants to clear their dues by March 31. If other defaulters are willing to take advantage of the waiver scheme and apply afresh, they need to apply and pay their dues within March 31,” a KMC assessment department official.

      A KMC revenue department official expressed satisfaction over collection of revenue from the scheme. “Of around 3,00,000 defaulters, around 1,00,000 applicants had applied for the 100% waiver. Of them 80,000 defaulters have paid up, which has helped us mop up Rs 450 crore. We hope to collect Rs 200 crore more from the rest of the applicants and from fresh applications by March 31,” the civic official said.

      Of the 80,000 applicants who have cleared their dues, a majority of them belong to middle-class families who could not pay their property tax on time because of several financial constraints,” a KMC official said. However, the civic official maintained that a section of major defaulters also paid their dues, thereby helping the civic body mop up huge revenue. “We received applications from a section of major defaulters who have paid their dues amounting to over Rs 100 crore. A few of these defaulters have paid Rs 5 crore or more individually,” said a senior KMC revenue department official.

      However, the civic brass has decided to conduct raids on addresses of a few big defaulters who are yet to apply for the scheme. “We are keeping a vigil on a section of habitual defaulters in large areas of the central business district. We have prepared a list of defaulters in the city's prime commercial areas spreading across 10 south Kolkata wards. We will conduct raids on these properties once the deadline expires,” a KMC revenue department senior official said.












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        KMC looks for contamination source, starts pipe replacement

        Saikat Ray | TNN | Mar 18, 2021, 04:55 IST






        Kolkata: The civic water supply department has replaced several pipelines in the contamination zone in Bhowanipore to minimize the possibility of a repeat of last week’s incident when several dozen people had fallen ill, complaining of stomach cramps. At least three persons died after such complaints in the past few days. However, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Board of Administrators (BoA) chairman Firhad Hakim ruled out water contamination as cause of those deaths, but admitted there could be a problem in water supply in pockets.

        “I am not saying there was no contamination in water anywhere in the zone. But going by medical reports, no deaths have occurred due to contamination in water. Our engineers have taken extensive measures to ensure that people get safe drinking water in the troubled zone,” Hakim said.

        KMC engineers on Wednesday decided to also widen and intensify their search for the contamination source. Test reports of water samples collected in phases from Sashisekhar Bose Row and Bijay Bose Road haven’t pointed to presence of pathogens or coliform bacteria in alarming quantities. KMC water supply department director-general Mainak Mukherjee on Tuesday said several water samples collected from the trouble zone had tested negative for contamination.

        Sources in the KMC water supply department said the civic body had collected 16 samples from areas across ward 73 and 74 in the past three days, including Sashisekhar Bose Row, Rani Sankari Lane, Telipara Road, Parbati Chakraborty Lane and D L Khan Road. Though no contamination could be found in the samples, the KMC engineers didn’t want to take chances and decided to examine several household water connections and replace some of them to ensure safe drinking water could be supplied.

        “Going by the nature of complaints from select Bhowanipore areas, we decided to widen our scope of investigation. In the past three days, we have examined several pipelines in Bhowanipore and replaced several pipelines in some reported zones of contamination,” a KMC water supply department senior official said. He added they will continue to search for leakages in the pipelines over the next week.








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          New Town Kolkata development body starts special camp to help property taxpayers

          ​​Meanwhile, the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has sent letters to all companies and establishments in Sector V who have not paid their property tax dues yet to clear them by March 31.

          KOLKATA: The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has come up with a special camp and help desk to help more taxpayers in the New Town area, especially senior citizens and those who are not digitally savvy, with their property tax assessment, filing and payment.

          Meanwhile, the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has sent letters to all companies and establishments in Sector V who have not paid their property tax dues yet to clear them by March 31.

          Both NDITA and NKDA authorities recently reviewed the status of collection of property tax in Sector V and New Town. Officials said that property tax collection in both the townships has been below the amount collected in the last financial year till the same date.

          The ongoing Covid pandemic has been found to be one of the major reasons for this with some IT offices still operating on ‘Work from Home’ basis.

          In New Town, a special property tax camp has started since last week and will continue till March 31 on the ground floor of the utility building near Tank number 3. Officials said that the camp is an extension of the existing one, to help more taxpayers for assessment, filing, and payment of their property tax.

          The authorities have also introduced a property tax helpline no (033 – 2324-2127), functional during the working hours from Monday to Friday (except on public holidays). NKDA have also introduced ‘Tax Sathis’ for senior citizens.

          As on March 17, NKDA has collected about Rs 31 crore in this financial year, whereas they had collected about Rs 43 crore in the last financial year. NDITA’s records till March 17 show they have collected about Rs 47 crore in comparison to Rs 65 crore collected last year.












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            Major issue, waterlogging runs deep among voters of Rajarhat-Gopalpur

            Written by Sweety Kumari | Kolkata | April 17, 2021 4:35:08 am

            Singer and TMC candidate Aditi Munshi is up against BJP's Samik Bhattacharya. (Express)

            In the North 24 Parganas constituency of Rajarhat-Gopalpur, which goes to the polls on Saturday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded famous kirtan singer Aditi Munshi against state BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya in a bid to counter any anti-incumbency sentiment that may have developed in the past five years when the seat was represented by state Cabinet minister Purnendu Basu.

            Voters say that despite developing massively over the past several years waterlogging due to lack of proper drainage facilities remains a major concern in the area, which is crucial since the arterial VIP Road that connects Kolkata to the city airport passes through it.

            “Waterlogging is a big issue here. Even moderate to low rain turns several low-lying areas into mini pools. Whoever comes must work on it. Secondly, several underpasses were constructed but they should ensure they are maintained. Also, this place is full of residential areas, so local MLAs must ensure that not too many bars get permission to operate from the area. Several bars have mushroomed in the last few years,” says Naina Kumari, who lives in Raghunathpur along VIP Road.

            Though Munshi is new to electoral politics, she belongs to a family with a political pedigree. Her husband Debraj Chakraborty is a councillor in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, and years ago was Purnendu Basu’s assistant.

            “Aditi is young, soft-spoken. She is the wife of councillor Debraj, another popular man from the area. In the last few years, her party has done a lot of work. A bridge was constructed, the service road and subways in Teghoria have been a great relief from a lot of traffic issues. Because her party is working constantly, I think there is no need for change,” says Sreeja Guha, a voter.

            Asked about her political inexperience, Munshi tells The Indian Express, “I may be new to politics but I know the pulse of the people of this constituency. I was born and brought up here. I have seen my husband working for people. My father-in-law was also a politician. So, my only intention is to work and serve people round the clock.”

            For Samik Bhattacharya, this is a chance for redemption after this 53,002-margin loss to TMC MP Saugata Roy in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from the Dum Dum constituency, of which the Rajarhat-Gopalpur segment is a part. Areas such as Baguiati, Keshtopur, Kaikhali, and Jyangra fall under this segment.

            The objective before the BJP candidate, who had won the Basirhat Dakshin seat in a 2014 by-poll, is overturning Purnendu Basu’s victory margin of 6,874 votes in the last election. He is confident of flipping the seat, and is banking on support from native Hindi speakers in the region.

            “We don’t want any more fights over Hindi speakers and Bengalis, something that Didi [TMC chief Mamata Banerjee] has created. I think the BJP should get a chance. Let’s see what Modi-ji does for Bengal. I have high hopes that he will bring more employment opportunities in the state,” says VIP Road resident Shalini Sheth.

            Bhattacharya says, “A large part of the constituency is suffering from a severe drainage problem. A double-engine government with the BJP both in the state and the Centre can solve the issue. There is a Modi wave as well. Along with this seat, we will win 200 seats in Bengal and form the government.”










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              New Town Kolkata development body pushes for sustainable changes for all plots

              As per the advisories, every plot in New Town should have a tree cover irrespective of its size and use, a part of car parking space inside housing complexes should have facilities for electric vehicle charging and buildings should have roof-top rainwater harvesting systems.
              KOLKATA: The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has issued an eight-point advisory urging residents of New Town to go in for planting trees in all plots, setting up electric vehicle charging points at car parking spaces inside housing complexes, using solar roof-top panels to give shade to rooftop urban farming, rainwater harvesting and so on.

              According to officials, the plan is to initiate the process to modify the NKDA rules on these once the elections are over.

              As per the advisories, every plot in New Town should have a tree cover irrespective of its size and use, a part of car parking space inside housing complexes should have facilities for electric vehicle charging and buildings should have roof-top rainwater harvesting systems. The plan is to include this in the NKDA building rules.

              Waste water recycling system shall be developed in all buildings, including group housings that has a minimum discharge of 25,000 litres and above per day for flushing of toilets, gardening and car washing.

              The roof area of each building will have reflecting paint and solar panels to minimize the heat absorption and all plot owners are encouraged to include roof-top garden with solar sheds. Also, to minimize water waste, authorities have come up with maximum permissible limit of portable water of 120 litre per capita per day for residential population and 40 litre per capita per day for the floating population of New Town.

              NKDA officials said that the idea is an outcome of a video conference that was held a few months ago with NGOs and experts as to how the authority could take up initiatives to develop a green and sustainable environment in New Town. The NKDA and the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) have been taking various initiatives to develop New Town as an environment-friendly sustainable township.

              Last year, New Town was awarded ‘platinum-rated Green City certificate’ by the Indian Green Building Council.

              NKDA is also planning to create a ‘Centre of Excellence on Sustainability’ later this year in collaboration with NGOs and expert institutions.














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                ED takes possession of over Rs 155-crore assets in Basil Group & Rose Valley cases

                It said the investigation found that several properties in states like Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand were acquired in the name of various companies of Basil Group and Rose Valley Group, by "illegally" diverting the funds collected from the common public.
                • PTI
                • April 21, 2021, 09:48 IST

                NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday said it has taken possession of assets worth over Rs 155 crore in connection with its separate money laundering probes against two companies including the West Bengal-based Rose Valley group and their promoters for allegedly duping numerous people through Ponzi schemes. The action has been taken against the Basil Group of companies and the Rose Valley group.

                "Money laundering investigation (was undertaken) against Basil Group of companies and Rose Valley Group as it was found that these companies, by floating various fake and fictitious schemes, had collected huge amount of money from common gullible public and defaulted the re-payments," the central probe agency said in a statement.

                It said the investigation found that several properties in states like Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand were acquired in the name of various companies of Basil Group and Rose Valley Group, by "illegally" diverting the funds collected from the common public.

                "After due process of investigation, ED had attached the properties found to have been acquired from the proceeds of crime (amount collected by way of selling fake and fictitious schemes) and the orders of provisional attachment of said properties were confirmed by the Adjudicating Authority (under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act)," it said.

                Possession of a dozen movable properties worth Rs 1.54 crore and 111 immovable properties worth Rs 154 crore has been undertaken, it said.

                In the Rose Valley case, the ED had filed criminal cases of money laundering against the firm, its Chairman Gautam Kundu and others in 2014.

                Kundu was arrested by the agency in Kolkata in 2015.











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                  West Bengal offers help to set up covid isolation units on housing societies

                  Monday’s state advisory asked the RWAs to tie up with government or private medical facilities to set up the units at their complexes. Representative Image

                  KOLKATA: The state health department on Monday issued an advisory to all major housing societies and high-rises in the city, asking the resident welfare associations to set up community-based isolation centres, assuring them of providing steady oxygen supply and daily visits by doctors there.

                  Less than two weeks ago, KMC had made a similar request to housing complexes.

                  Last year, many housing complexes had converted their community halls and clubs into safe homes but in the second wave, RWAs had been apprehensive that a patient’s condition might suddenly spiral out of control given the severity of the virus this time. They are also uncomfortable about lack of transparency over the legal liability in case of deaths there.

                  But Monday’s state advisory asked the RWAs to tie up with government or private medical facilities to set up the units at their complexes. “The current advisory has a lot of clarity and we would convert two of our community halls in the complex into isolation centres. We can accommodate around 20 patients in the facilities. We will approach government officials and try and get the safe homes ready at the earliest,” said Deepak Agarwal of Diamond City West in Behala, which now has 60 Covid patients.

                  Some complexes, like South City, have started a dialogue with a private hospital and hope to set up the isolation centre in a week. “A private hospital officials visited us. We plan to convert 10 guest rooms in our club into isolation centres that will be managed by the hospital. It should be ready by next week,” said MV Viju, joint secretary of the resident welfare association.

                  The Urbana management are in talks with a private hospital to convert their spacious community hall into an isolation centre but opposition from some residents halted the process. “Residents want the club to be turned into a safe home but the club doesn’t have an attached toilet, a must for an isolation centre. We are in talks with the residents’ body,” said Debjani Mukherjee, director, Urbana facility management.












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                    SC strikes down West Bengal's law on regulating real estate

                    ​A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA), 2017 is more or less identical to the Centre's RERA and hence repugnant to Parliament's law.
                    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday struck down West Bengal's law on regulating real estate sector saying it was "unconstitutional" as the state's statute encroached upon the Centre's Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA).

                    The top court also said that WB HIRA has failed to include valuable safeguards for the homebuyers'.

                    A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA), 2017 is more or less identical to the Centre's RERA and hence repugnant to Parliament's law.

                    "The state law has encroached upon the domain of the Parliament and hence is unconstitutional," the verdict said.

                    It said however that homebuyers who have purchased properties under state law before its verdict, will not have to worry as their registration and other acts would remain valid.

                    The judgement came on a plea of 'Forum For People's Collective Efforts' , an umbrella homebuyers association, challenging the constitutional validity of West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017, which is more or less identical to the Centre's RERA.

                    Pronouncing the verdict through video conferencing, Justice Chandrachud said that fundamental features of WB HIRA overlaps and is word-to-word copy of Centre's RERA.

                    The bench, which passed a lengthy verdict on the issue, said that WB HIRA touches upon entry 6 and 7 of the concurrent list which was occupied by the law passed by Parliament and set up a parallel regime in the state.

                    "The state doing so is plainly unconstitutional," the bench said, adding that provisions in the legislation shows that there is repugnancy in WB HIRA and RERA.

                    "WB HIRA is directly in conflict with RERA, without any valuable safeguards for the home buyers", the bench said, adding that it is invoking powers under Article 142 to hold that registrations of properties done under the state law before its verdict, will be valid.

                    The top court had during the hearing of the petition wondered whether a state, in the name of cooperative federalism, enact a legislation under the concurrent list to occupy the same subjects in which Parliament has enacted a law.

                    It had observed that both Centre's RERA and WB HIRA dealt with issues of providing reliefs to home buyers and to promote real estate sectors but some of the provisions of State's legislation were in direct conflict with the law passed by Parliament.

                    The top court had said that a state can have legislation but to supplant the Centre's law and not to be direct conflict or to override it and say that "now we will not follow your law but our law"

                    It had wondered why a state would have a similar law enacted when there is already a law passed by Parliament and said many provisions in WB HIRA are repugnant to Centre's RERA.














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                      Homebuyers' body FPCE hails SC order to strike down West Bengal's HIRA

                      ​​On Tuesday, the apex court struck down West Bengal's law on regulating real estate sector saying it was "unconstitutional" as the state's statute encroached upon the Centre's Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA).
                      • PTI
                      • May 04, 2021, 19:00 IST

                      NEW DELHI: Homebuyers' body FPCE on Tuesday said the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a law passed by West Bengal government to regulate realty sector will help in protecting consumers' interest and preventing any dilution in RERA to favour builders.

                      On Tuesday, the apex court struck down West Bengal's law on regulating real estate sector saying it was "unconstitutional" as the state's statute encroached upon the Centre's Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA).

                      The judgement came on a plea by Forum For People's Collective Efforts (FPCE), an umbrella homebuyers' association, challenging the constitutional validity of West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (WBHIRA), 2017, which is more or less identical to RERA.

                      When contacted, FPCE President Abhay Upadhyay said WBHIRA made us very nervous as the whole objective of having one law pan India was getting defeated.

                      WBHIRA also watered down certain provisions of RERA in favour of builders, he said.

                      "If this was allowed to go through, then we had fear that other states may follow suit," Upadhyay told .

                      With this historic Judgement, he said that not only RERA and interest of homebuyers have been protected but also a message has gone to all that any attempt to dilute RERA through back door will be illegal.

                      FPCE has played a key role in passage and implementation of RERA across various states.

                      According to the Supreme Court, WBHIRA has failed to include valuable safeguards for the homebuyers.

                      A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017 is more or less identical to the Centre's RERA and hence repugnant to Parliament's law.

                      "The state law has encroached upon the domain of the Parliament and hence is unconstitutional," the verdict said.

                      The court said that homebuyers who have purchased properties under the state law before its verdict will not have to worry as their registration and other acts would remain valid.










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