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    West Bengal govt plans 6km flyover from Posta market to Ultadanga


    Suman Chakraborti / TNN / Updated: Aug 17, 2021, 07:48 IST


    The proposed Posta flyover, the cost of which has been estimated at Rs 1,000 crore

    KOLKATA: Even as the Vivekananda Road flyover is being dismantled, the state urban development department is chalking out a new 6-km-long flyover, connecting Posta market to Ultadanga. Once ready, the flyover will bring down travel time between VIP Road and Howrah from almost an hour now to barely 15 minutes.

    The state government is reviving several other flyover proposals, including one on Syed Amir Ali Avenue and another on Prince Anwar Shah Road, which had been put on the back burner.

    The proposed Posta flyover, the cost of which has been estimated at Rs 1,000 crore, will start at Ultadanga on one end, and will run over CIT Road, Kankurgachi, Maniktala and Vivekananda Road before terminating at Posta market on Strand Road. An arm is also being planned that will branch off at Kankurgachi and head towards Bengal Chemicals off EM Bypass. “There are many challenges in implementing the project but if they are addressed through proper planning, this structure will ease traffic flow in north Kolkata the same way the Maa and AJC Bose Road flyovers have done in south and central Kolkata,” an official said. KMDA has engaged RITES to prepare a detailed project report.

    The state’s decision to revive the flyover proposals was taken after a meeting between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari last month, when issues related to road and infrastructure projects were discussed. The state had last year announced a budgetary allocation of about Rs 2,475 crore for flyovers for the next financial year. Among the revived projects are flyovers from Park Circus to Gurusaday Datta Road in Ballygunge, Jadavpur police station to Lords Bakery; EM Bypass to New Town, Garia to Jadavpur and Jadavpur to Majerhat.











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      Kolkata: Metro will resume its Sunday runs from August 29

      Ajanta Chakraborty / TNN / Updated: Aug 19, 2021, 06:18 IST


      Metro will also run 172 services on Friday on account of Muhurram

      KOLKATA: The Metro will now operate on Sundays as well. Essential workers from across sectors can use the lifeline on Sundays, starting August 29 as maintenance special trains – as a continuous service – from 10am till 10pm will be provided along the North-South corridor.

      From August 21, the carrier will also make Saturday’s special train operations continuous – from 8am till 10pm, and increase the number of trains from 104 to 172. Peak hour Saturday services will be at 8-minute intervals.

      Metro will also run 172 services on Friday on account of Muhurram. In all 165 services will be run between Kavi Subhash and Dakshineswar at an interval of 8 minutes in the morning and evening peak hours.

      On Sundays, there will be 112 services (56 in each direction) between Kavi Subhas and Dakshineswar stations, running at 10-minute intervals during the morning and evening peak hours. The last train will leave Kavi Subhas and Dum Dum stations at 9pm and from Dakshineswar at 8.48pm.

      Metro Railway resumed operations on July16 after 61 days of Covidinduced suspension. With the public barred from using the service during the weekend, Metro has been offering the 104 staff specials on Saturdays for those who need to attend work. With the state government relaxing night restrictions, Metro Railway has increased evening operations of the North-South line by one hour from Monday.










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        Kolkata civic body lens on construction debris dumped in ponds

        Formation of a special joint team comprising senior civic officials and cops has been planned to pay special attention to complaints from Metiabruz, Behala, Jadavpur and EM Bypass.
        KOLKATA: A sizeable portion of construction waste and debris generated in added areas like Garden Reach, Metiabruz, Behala, Jadavpur or areas located off EM Bypass are being used to fill up ponds by land sharks. This issue featured prominently in a meeting between the KMC board of administrators and senior Lalbazar cops.

        The meeting was convened at the civic headquarters to discuss ways to prevent encroachment of ponds and illegal constructions. Formation of a special joint team comprising senior civic officials and cops has been planned to pay special attention to complaints from Metiabruz, Behala, Jadavpur and EM Bypass.

        Sources in the KMC buildings department confirmed that land sharks were active in filling ponds in added areas where demand for affordable housing projects is steadily rising and a section of the civic officials and police officers was caught napping.

        “The land sharks take a cunning approach in filling ponds or small waterbodies. When they set their eyes on a particular pond which needs to be filled to facilitate construction of flats in an adjacent land, the entire land including the pond is barricaded. Then they start filling up the pond with construction waste. This work is carried out at night. Side by side, an attempt is made to pump out the water of the pond. This filling process is done very fast,” said a KMC buildings department official.

        KMC board of administrators chairman Firhad Hakim recently stressed on formation of a special team to prevent rampant pond filling. He said this after he got a call from Nadial in Garden Reach during a “Talk to KMC” session. The caller informed him about filling of a large pond in the neighbourhood. Hakim assured the person that necessary action would be taken. Accordingly, a KMC team of officials were sent to the spot and the pond was restored by the civic officials in a week.

        The KMC buildings department has warned the assistant engineers in the boroughs against any sort of inactions in the event of filling of ponds or construction of illegal buildings under their jurisdiction.

        According to a KMC buildings department official, the borough executive officers of the buildings department would need to keep in touch with the OCs of the local police stations.

        “If any assistant engineer or even an executive engineer is found dragging his/her feet even after a genuine complaint of pond filling or illegal construction we will take stern action,” the civic official said.

        According to a department source, the civic body will step up its vigil over pond filling activities in added areas and prepare a list of the ponds which need immediate protection from land sharks.











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          High realty circle rates flummox flat buyers in Kolkata

          The circle rate of a complex being developed in Tollygunge has been increased from Rs 4,180 per sq ft to Rs 9,900 per sq ft in August, nearly a month after the budget proposed a 10% reduction in circle rate along with a 2% cut in stamp duty till October 30.
          KOLKATA: At least four instances have come to light in which circle rates of projects have been revised upwards by 34% to 137% after the state budget announced a 10% reduction in circle rates to give a boost to the real estate industry that has seen sales dip due to the pandemic.

          The circle rate of a complex being developed in Tollygunge has been increased from Rs 4,180 per sq ft to Rs 9,900 per sq ft in August, nearly a month after the budget proposed a 10% reduction in circle rate along with a 2% cut in stamp duty till October 30. However, home buyers were unable to take advantage of the concessions due to a glitch in the software. Though that problem has since been resolved, the massive hike in circle rates in select projects has come as a shock to both developers and customers.

          In another project on the edge of New Alipore and Behala, the circle rate has been increased by 81%. A project on Alipore Road has seen the circle rate being revised by 42% while another on Christopher Road in Tangra has had a 34% increase in circle rate earlier this month. Incidentally, one of the projects has been under way for five years while another has been under development for three years.

          The legal officer of the Bengal chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) has written to inspector general of registration and commissioner of stamp duty T Balasubramanian, citing the anomaly that has deprived home buyers in these projects from availing of the concession announced in the budget.

          Speaking to TOI, Balasubramanian said two of the projects in question have been categorised as special projects since they offer better amenities than others in the locality and therefore command a higher sale price. “This is routine exercise. The new rates are being reflected now because the system has been upgraded recently,” he clarified, adding that the other cases were being reviewed by the department.

          Developers questioned why the rates were not revised either earlier or after the concession period expires in October-end. They also pointed out that the projects were under development for years and should have been categorised as special projects earlier.

          “The upward revision in circle rates should not have happened between the time the rate concession was announced on July 7 and October 30 when the concession period ends. Also, the reason behind jacking up rates to level much beyond the project sale price should be transparently explained,” said Credai Bengal chairman Nandu Belani. The revised circle rates of all the four projects is 30%-50% higher than the sale price.










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            23 buildings to come up at E-W subsidence site

            Ajanta Chakraborty / Sep 1, 2021, 04:53 IST



            Kolkata: Twenty-three structures will come up in the open space in Bowbazar where buildings had collapsed exactly two years ago after a tunnel-boring machine punctured an aquifer while constructing the East-West Metro tunnel. Around 700 residents were evacuated.

            The defunct TBM, Chundi, is still lying below Durga Pituri Lane off Bowbazar. Its twin, Urvi, completed the unfinished tunnel by digging till Sealdah station. From there, it took a U-turn to return to Bowbazar. “By November, we should be able to lift the two giant machines through the retrieval shaft at Durga Pituri Lane,” said N C Karmali, director (projects), Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), the implementing agency of the corridor.

            Around the same time, KMRC hopes to start building the houses, replacing the ones that had collapsed. “That is a heartening news. We can’t wait to go back to our old para,” said Sudipta Seal, one of the displaced residents who now lives in a flat rented by ITD-ITD Cementation, entrusted to build the twin tunnels covering 2.45km from Esplanade till Sealdah.

            The houses, to be constructed in the open space ringed by BB Ganguly Street in the north, Durga Pituri Lane in east, Gour De Lane in west and Hidaram Banerjee Lane in south, will look somewhat like the ones that fell. The new ones will be built in a modern way with much thinner walls. As per current KMC rules, there will be space between the structures. The old ones were dilapidated and more than 120-year-old. There was no space between the structures. “We shall ensure that every resident returns to the same floor area they occupied before August 31, 2019,” said an engineer.

            “We have come a long way since that fateful night when around 700 people had to be shifted to various hotels, some subsequently taken rented places while others returned to their homes after 40-odd buildings were restored. We are now looking forward to having all the 72 families back in 23 houses that will be built once the TBMs are retrieved,” said Somendranath Sengupta, ITD’s senior AGM (admin), who has led the team resettling the displaced residents.










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              Kolkata: Big construction units to have recycle plants

              “Construction sites have to become environment-friendly and stop dumping waste. They have to set up a waste material recovery plant at the site and work towards zero net waste generation,” a KMC official said.
              KOLKATA: Construction projects that daily generate waste of 20 tonne or more will have to set up a recycling plant where the waste will be converted into aggregates for other construction activities.

              The Bengal chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, the umbrella body of developers in Kolkata, has welcomed the proposal and agreed to implement it.

              “Construction sites have to become environment-friendly and stop dumping waste. They have to set up a waste material recovery plant at the site and work towards zero net waste generation,” a KMC official said.

              Construction waste includes head break concrete blocks of pile caps and broken tiles that are not biodegradable. Instead of disposing, they can be used for paving of driveways. The civic body will continue to lift waste from smaller projects but this waste will not be dumped in landfills. Instead, KMC is setting up a crushing unit to convert the waste into aggregates that can be used as raw material in construction activity.

              KMC has taken a plot in Rajarhat to set up the construction waste recovery plant. It will have a capacity to handle around 500 tonnes of construction waste a day. The plant will crush the waste into aggregates that can then be mixed with concrete to pave roads. Around Rs 55 crore will be spent in the Rajarhat unit that will be handed over to a private firm to operate it for 10 years.

              A similar plant has also been planned in Garden Reach to facilitate waste recovery and reuse from construction sites in south and south-west Kolkata. “We had a desperate search for land to set up construction waste recovery plants. Finally, we zeroed in on two plots. We hope to initiate the construction process soon,” said a KMC solid waste management department official.

              Many building components and construction debris can be recycled. Concrete and rubble are often recycled into aggregate and concrete products. Wood can be recycled into engineered wood products. Metals like steel, copper and brass are also valuable resources to recycle.

              Credai Bengal chairman Nandu Belani welcomed the move. “This will substantially reduce the pressure on landfills and also help us recover wealth from waste. Such activities are already under way in Indore and we will be fully supportive of its adoption in Kolkata,” he said.












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                Kolkata development body to set up boundary wall to protect plots

                KMDA have already identified one such plot opposite Nonadanga bus stand. The authorities will engage an agency which will construct the boundary wall around it. Representative Image


                KOLKATA: With instructions from the state government to protect its land in the city from illegal encroachments, specially at Nonadanga and Baisnabghata Patuli area and other places on both sides of EM Bypass earmarked under the East Kolkata Area Development scheme, the KMDA is conducting surveys to identify such plots and set up boundary walls to protect them from unauthorised encroachment.

                KMDA have already identified one such plot opposite Nonadanga bus stand. The authorities will engage an agency which will construct the boundary wall around it.

                “The urban development department minister has instructed that boundary walls be set up to check and prevent government properties from being illegally encroached or occupied. This has been a standing policy to see that government land is not encroached upon. It has been noticed there are many such plots which have been encroached upon and a fresh attempt is being done to prevent this,” said a KMDA official.

                Surveys are going on in east Kolkata area to find out the condition of all vacant KMDA plots and to send proposals to the government as to which of them needs to be fenced off with boundary walls, the official added.











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                  Kolkata civic body issues notices to buildings department officials over illegal constructions

                  ​Acting on a KMC board of administrators (BoA) advisory, municipal commissioner Binod Kumar slapped show-cause notices on several buildings department assistant engineers for allegedly failing to prevent illegal constructions in various parts of the city.
                  KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation top brass has come down heavily on a section of the buildings department officials for shirking duties in curbing the illegal construction menace.

                  Acting on a KMC board of administrators (BoA) advisory, municipal commissioner Binod Kumar slapped show-cause notices on several buildings department assistant engineers for allegedly failing to prevent illegal constructions in various parts of the city.

                  If the accused engineers fail to give satisfactory reply, the commissioner may send these cases to the civic body’s personnel department for initiating disciplinary proceedings.

                  The KMC buildings department has also served notices to several promoters or individuals, asking them to produce legal papers relating to the construction of flats or buildings that are underway in different parts of the city.

                  In fact, following a tweak in buildings rule and as instructed by the chairman of the KMC board of administrators Firhad Hakim, the civic buildings department brass has asked the executive engineers to keep tabs on every construction under their jurisdictions.

                  “We have asked our borough executive engineers to rope in the assistant or sub-assistant engineers to keep a vigil on every construction in a borough. If they find anything suspicious, they must report the same to us without delay. We will check valid papers of the construction and start demolition of the illegal constructions within a week,” said a KMC buildings department senior official.

                  “We have prepared a preliminary list of under-construction buildings in some sensitive boroughs where a large number of buildings are constructed without caring for our building rules. We will then initiate a drive to demolish them,” said a KMC buildings department official.

                  Areas like Garden Reach, Metiabruz, Kidderpore, Behala, Joka, Topsia, Tiljala, Garia, Jadavpur-Santoshpur belt and the ones off EM Bypass, including Madurdaha, Mukundapur, Kasba and Garfa, have been registering steady cases of illegal constructions, the official added.











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                    West Bengal eases norms for brick kilns

                    Chief secretary H K Dwivedi said the state was simplifying norms for registration of kilns and, thus, many unregistered kilns could now be brought within the ambit of government monitoring.
                    • TNN
                    • September 14, 2021, 12:00 IST

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                    KOLKATA: The Bengal cabinet decided on Monday to allow brick kilns to operate as non-mining entities if they were involved in excavation up to a depth of 1.5m, said chief secretary H K Dwivedi.

                    He said the state was simplifying norms for registration of kilns and, thus, many unregistered kilns could now be brought within the ambit of government monitoring. The change in norms would also help kilns get various incentives from the state as they employed thousands of people, Dwivedi said.

                    The chief secretary said that kilns used to face problems getting clearance from the environment department, but their classification as non-mining entities would make this easier. However, if kilns excavated beyond the stipulated 1.5m depth, they would be termed as being involved in mining activities, Dwivedi added.

                    He said the state cabinet amended the minor mineral rules so that small businessmen involved in operating kilns could get financial support if they registered with the government. The move will help increase revenue and also curb illegal operations.









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