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    Awfis opens two flexible workspaces in Kolkata

    The centre at 50 Chowringhee Road is spread across 78,000 sq ft while The Ecocentre Business Tower centre will have over 350+ workstations in 15,000 sq. ft of area. File photo NEW DELHI: Awfis has opened two flexible workspaces in at 50 Chowringhee Road and Ecocentre Business Tower, Sector V, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, the company said in a media release.

    The centre at 50 Chowringhee Road is spread across 78,000 sq ft. In the first phase, about 32,000 sq ft area of the centre will go live in July while the second phase will go live in 120 days with 46,000 sq ft area. It has a capacity of 650+ workstations.

    The Ecocentre Business Tower centre will have over 350+ workstations in 15,000 sq. ft of area.

    Awfis already has five other co-working centres in Kolkata. With the two new centres, it now has 3,000+ seats capacity with over 2.5 lakh sq ft in the city, the company said.

    "As we emerge into the new normal in a post-pandemic world, we are witnessing increasing demand from even the most traditional companies with centralized models. This demand has largely been fueled by the shift in preference towards the distributed workspace concept and the adoption of hybrid model of working," said Amit Ramani, CEO and founder, of the company.

    Awfis currently has 75 operational coworking centres with 40,000 seating capacity. It has presence in 12 cities in India across Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Ahmedabad, Indore and Chandigarh.












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      RLDA offers prime land near Howrah station, reserve price at Rs 448 crore

      The land parcel, having an area of 88,300 sq metres, is located along the Hooghly riverbank and will be put under the hammer with a reserve price of Rs 448 crore, they said.
      KOLKATA: A prime railway land near the iconic Howrah station will be offered on 99-year-lease for residential-cum-commercial development as the national transporter looks to raise funds, officials said on Thursday.

      The land parcel, having an area of 88,300 sq metres, is located along the Hooghly riverbank and will be put under the hammer with a reserve price of Rs 448 crore, they said.

      "Rail Land Development Authority has invited bids for leasing vacant railway land at Salt Golah in Howrah. It is situated along a 20-metre-wide highway, around 1.5 km from the Howrah station," an official said.

      "The initial feedback from local developers in the pre-bid meeting was encouraging. The deadline for bid submission is August 29," he said.

      The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is a statutory authority under the Railway Ministry for the development of railway land. It has four key mandates as a part of its development plan -- leasing commercial sites, colony redevelopment, station redevelopment and multi- functional complexes.

      "Howrah is a vibrant commercial hub of West Bengal. The land at Salt Golah can be used for residential-cum- commercial development. Water sports facilities can also be developed there," RLDA vice-chairman Ved Parkash Dudeja said.

      The site is surrounded by Golabari Ghat and Ratnakar School in the north, Signal Workshop and Railway Printing Press in the south, the Hooghly river in the east and Salkia School Road on the west.

      The lessee will be given controlled and regulated marketing rights and will be mandated to develop the site within ten years, officials said.

      Indian Railways has around 43,000 hectares of vacant land across the country. The RLDA is currently handling 84 railway colony redevelopment projects and recently leased out three railway colonies in Guwahati and Secunderabad for redevelopment, they said.

      RLDA has over 100 commercial (greenfield) sites across India for leasing, they added.








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        Real estate case backlog soars in West Bengal's consumer court

        The commission, which functions under the state consumer affairs department, hardly operated last year due to the lockdown. This year, it started functioning, only to be closed due to the second wave of Covid-19. Representative image. KOLKATA: Continued uncertainty over the resumption of work at the West Bengal State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission — or consumer court — that has remained shut since May 15 has left several thousands of litigants and lawyers apprehensive. The closure of the apex consumer court in the state has also led to a ripple effect in district-level courts.

        A senior officer said the state was trying to resolve the logistics during the pandemic to get the court functioning. “The court authority said that the court cannot function without resolving those logistic issues in this pandemic situation,” said an officer of the department. TOI contacted Gadhadhar Chatterjee, the registrar of the court, who refused to comment.

        The commission, which functions under the state consumer affairs department, hardly operated last year due to the lockdown. This year, it started functioning, only to be closed due to the second wave of Covid-19.

        Thousands of litigants, mostly related with real estate projects, are at the receiving end of this stalemate. “After the Supreme Court declared West Bengal Housing Industrial Regulatory Authority (HIRA) Act unconstitutional, all the real-estate related cases came back to this commission, which can handle cases worth Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore,” said Prabir Basu, a prominent consumer law expert.

        Across the nation, the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016, is effective to handle real estate cases. HIRA is modelled on RERA. But Supreme Court has ruled that West Bengal’s separate real estate regulation is repugnant to the central government’s Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016, and is unconstitutional. Unless new RERA court is in place, real estate consumers have no other places than this consumer court to seek redress.

        In Bengal, like any other places, the highest number of consumers are grappling with issues like not handing over the apartment to the buyer despite making 90% payment, selling one apartment to multiple buyers, selling apartments completely of different dimensions than the promised ones. “Now, the majority of these complaints remain unresolved. Man’s basic right to shelter is compromised,” said H Brahmachari, president of the Consumer Court Bar Association.

        “I met the court officials and wrote to the president of the commission with an appeal to resume the functioning of the court without any delay. The closure seriously jeopardises the interest of thousands of consumers who are often denied their basic rights as consumers by the sellers of the products, be it real estate property or a service. Three court rooms at this state-level commission list nearly 200 cases a day, but only a third of them could be heard. Just imagine the backlog of cases,” said Brahmachari.












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