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    Kolkata: Mobile units to repair battered roads at night

    Saikat Ray / TNN / Updated: Sep 16, 2022, 11:10 IST



    A cratered stretch of EM Bypass poses life risk to motorists and bikers

    KOLKATA: The KMC roads department will start using its mobile road repairing units at night to do patchwork on the battered stretches of roads in the city ahead of Durga Puja. Two such vans will do the rounds in various parts of north-east and south Kolkata and take instant measures to fill the potholes.

    The decision to use the mobile vans was taken along with the regular patchwork drive due to the loss of time owing to incessant rains. According to a KMC roads department, the KMC roads department workers are working overtime to meet the September 19 deadline.

    "We were almost on the verge of the completion of the puja road repair drive when our endeavour suffered a setback due to nagging rains. Now we need to wrap up the drive by early next week by engaging more manpower at night," said a civic official.

    Replying to a query from councillor Ellora Saha who expressed concern over the delay in repairing of roads before the pujas, the member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC roads department, Avijit Mukherjee, said the civic body is trying its best to meet the puja deadline. Saha also expressed her concern over the non-availability of hot-mix materials that are required to fill the potholes and craters. However, the mayor said there is no dearth of the material and the civic body will go the extra mile to ensure that all major roads are taken care of before the festival.

    Apart from engaging the road repair gangs across the city to spot the stretches of the roads, which have developed potholes due to recent rains, the civic body will keep a gang for taking up the road repair work during puja. "We will need to keep ready a road repair gang, which will take care of the roads that may suffer subsidence due to leakage in the underground water pipelines during the puja days," said the MMiC roads.










    Kolkata: Mobile units to repair battered roads at night | Kolkata News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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      Kolkata: Hidco starts e-auction process for land off Bypass on freehold basis

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      Under the existing KMC land use development and control plan, the area can be utilised for residential as well as commercial projects or both. The starting bid has been fixed a Rs 177.3 crore and the e-auction slated for November 3.


      KOLKATA: The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) on Friday initiated the process of inviting applications to auction a 10-acre land at Chowbhaga in Nonadanga, located close to the E M Bypass stretch near Tagore Park, on a freehold basis for residential or commercial use or a mix of both. The state government decided to auction off more land following the overwhelming response they received for two parcels of land earlier.

      The one at Chowbhaga is located on R S plot no 651(Part), Nonadanga mouza, in KMC Ward 108. Under the existing KMC land use development and control plan, the area can be utilised for residential as well as commercial projects or both. The starting bid has been fixed a Rs 177.3 crore and the e-auction slated for November 3.

      According to the government's land allotment policy, which was framed in 2012, land parcels could be transferred only on long-term lease for a maximum of 99 years.

      But an amendment has been made to the policy, following which land for commercial purposes, other than vested land under its 'khas' possession, can be transferred on freehold basis, subject to the state cabinet's approval.

      The state government is shifting to transfer of land on freehold basis to earn more revenues. The last time a land off EM Bypass was auctioned at a high price for commercial use was back in 2012, when KMC sold a two-acre plot for about Rs 115 crore.

      In the recent e-auction of land, the state received a bid of over Rs 400 crore for the auction of a 5.6-acre land parcel at Alipore and another bid of Rs 203 crore for a 6.2-acre of land for a housing project in Rajarhat. "We are getting a huge price for unlocking plots, which we did not expect. We are also putting stress on the real estate sector as it contributes most in generating employment," said state urban development minister Firhad Hakim during a recent conference on land assets organised by CII Eastern Region.

      Government officials said land prices had increased manifold, especially in coveted areas, having infrastructural and social amenities, such as malls, Metro alignment and flyovers.

      Real estate welcomed the government decision to transfer land on freehold basis as investors were coming from outside, signalling good times for the industry. "This is a good move as freehold land has fewer conditions. The return to the government exchequer may maximise and investors will feel more secure putting in their money," said Credia West Bengal Confederation president Sushil Mohta.

      Land fetching high prices started in 2005, when all records were broken and a 6.2-acre plot off EM Bypass was sold for Rs 209 crore, paving the way for more such land transfers for commercial purposes.
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        Kolkata: 1,500 workers labour 24x7, bid to open Tallah bridge pre-Mahalaya

        TNN / Updated: Sep 20, 2022, 05:53 IST



        Initially, only light vehicles will ply on the new bridge

        KOLKATA: Efforts are on to open the new Tallah bridge on Thursday (September 22), nearly a week ahead of the deadline decided earlier. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Kolkata mayor and urban development minister Firhad Hakim hinted this in the assembly on Monday.

        Around 1,500 labourers are working day and night to meet the September 22 deadline. Senior officials of Kolkata Police's traffic wing, led by joint CP (traffic) Santosh Pandey, and state public works department inspected the bridge on Monday to take stock of the current state of the work.

        The state government has been trying to throw open the north Kolkata lifeline before Durga Puja. But only half the load testing has been done. While it was initially decided that the bridge would be commissioned on September 29, instead of September 25, it has now been decided to attempt opening the bridge on September 22 when foreign dignitaries, including envoys of several countries, are supposed to travel to a Durga Puja at Tallah before starting visiting various pandals in the city.

        To ensure safety, it has been decided that only small and light vehicles will be allowed now. Once the load test is completed, heavy vehicles will be allowed to ply after the report is vetted by IIT-Kharagpur. Last Friday, Hakim had said, "The new bridge will be commissioned before puja. It has undergone load tests and the report is expected this week. Once we get the report, we shall approach chief minister to give us a date of opening. We want her to inaugurate the bridge."

        The ramshackle 60-year-old north Kolkata lifeline was pulled down in April 2020 because it went beyond the stage of repair. Construction of the 750m, bowstring four-lane bridge began in August. PWD is the implementing agency of the Rs 468 crore new bridge that will link the city to the northern suburbs of Dunlop, Sodepur and Barrackpore. The residents of north Kolkata and the city's northern fringes are waiting for the opening of the bridge, which will make commute easier for them. PWD had said earlier that the bridge would be opened in February this year. The deadline was pushed to April and deferred again to September. Permissions were needed from the Railways at various stages because it's actually a road overbridge (ROB) under Eastern Railway's ambit.

        KMC's deputy mayor and Cossipore-Belgachhia MLA Atin Ghosh and state PWD minister Pulak Ghosh said on Thursday that PWD officials and engineers, led by PWD secretary Antara Acharya, had been inspecting the bridge, meeting contractors L&T to take stock of the progress regularly for the last one month.

        Intermittent rains delayed work even as more labourers were deployed. "Casting of the deck slab and the bituminous overlaying were badly affected because of the intensity of the showers," said a senior official of the state public works department.








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          Kolkata Municipal Corporation plans 41 new EV charging stations

          Saikat Ray / TNN / Updated: Sep 24, 2022, 05:07 IST



          An EV charging station at Beck Bagan

          KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to set up at least 41 charging stations in parking lots across the city in order to address the infrastructure concerns of the buyers of electric vehicles (EVs).

          A KMC car parking department official said that a recce has already been carried out and some sites have been identified for the installation of the EV stations.

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          The paucity of charging stations and their lack of visibility may be stopping a lot of potential e-vehicle owners from buying these cars. A logistical support framework needs to be there to make travelling greener and cleaner.


          "We are on the lookout for space in parking lots or their adjacent sites to set up the charging points where cars can plug in and charge while they are parked," the official said.

          Though EVs are now visible on streets, the migration from internal combustion engines that use dirty fossil fuel like petrol and diesel to cleaner electric has not accelerated due to customer's range anxiety. "Though EVs now offer a range of 150km to 400km on a full charge - enough for city commute requirements - people still worry about what would happen if the charge runs low. To address this, there is a need for more charging points across the city. Only then will EV adoption increase," said a dealer of electric cars.

          This will also go a big step in meeting the green commitment made by mayor Firhad Hakim last year. At an online meeting that connected Kolkata with the CO Climate Summit in Glasgow, he said that by 2030, the city will mostly run on non-fossil fuels, primarily electricity and CNG.

          Currently, the city has a few charging stations, including the ones at Dhakuria, Gariahat and Circus Avenue. Sources said only one EV owner uses the charging station at Circus Avenue where the rate for charging is Rs 10 per unit of the electricity consumed. The other two have not had any car plug in for months.

          The use of the charging stations is minimal in the absence of a large number of EVs. The electric buses that are operated by West Bengal Transport Corporation have their own charging infrastructure at bus and tram depots.

          Sources said a proper geographic spread is required while setting up the charging stations, much like fuel stations that are currently there all over Kolkata. Among the localities that have been identified include Shyambazar, Burrabazar, Chittaranjan Avenue, College Street, Esplanade, Park Circus, Elgin Road, Gariahat, Behala, Alipore, Rashbehari Avenue, Behala, Tollygunge and Jadavpur.

          "The hunt for space is still on. If we don't find ample space at the parking lots for installation of the EV charging machines, we will need to find some space adjacent to these parking lots," said a KMC car parking department official.









          Kolkata Municipal Corporation plans 41 new EV charging stations | Kolkata News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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            Kolkata: Metro runs along Bypass as New Garia-Ruby trial begins

            Ajanta Chakraborty / TNN / Updated: Sep 25, 2022, 05:17 IST


            The maiden test run of the New Garia-Ruby Metro line commenced at 11.29am from Kavi Subhash terminal on Saturday

            KOLKATA: After Behala, it was Bypass's turn to show off the Metro. The maiden test run of the New Garia-Ruby Metro line commenced at 11.29am from the Kavi Subhash terminal on Saturday.


            "Now we also have the Metro," said Aryan Mitra, a Class-VIII student and resident of Ruchira Abashan. Inside the train, the mood was euphoric, with cheers from workers and officials involved in the project launched in 2011-12. Those transferred out of Kolkata saw live streaming via video calls.

            The 5.4km New Garia-Ruby line, the first truncated section of the 32km New Garia-Airport corridor (Orange Line) to steer towards operations (in November), assumes significance for being Kolkata's first Metro line to join another. The Kavi Subhash compound is a Metro hub for the existing 31km Kavi Subhash-Dakshineswar and the New Garia-Airport corridors, with provisions of a third line, the Baruipur Metro.

            The station already has an interface with Eastern Railway's suburban lines for South 24 Parganas. Kolkata Metro already has railway interfaces at Dum Dum and Sealdah. But now, there are two connected Metro links. The rake from Noapara depot - 8N 16/18 - was wheeled into the new Metro platform at 10.30pm on Friday night. Tracks inside the depot were linked two months ago.

            The non-AC rake used for Joka-Taratala line's trials on September 15 was transported by road and assembled inside Joka depot. It had to undergo trials before being preened for test run on the tracks from Joka to Taratala. For the Kavi Subhash-Ruby line, a ready eight-car rake was made available. Rajesh Prasad, director (operations), RVNL, said,

            "We want to complete the entire 32km in two years." He was flanked by RVNL's executive director Amit Roy and his colleagues Subin Kumar, Bimal Prasad and many others. Also among those taking the first ride were Metro Railway's principal chief operations manager Satyaki Nath, deputy chief operation managers Subashish Bhattacharya and Kaushik Mitra. The train halted some 800m from Kavi Subhash because of a snag, restarted at 12.51pm. At 25kmph , it chugged into the first stop, Satyajit Ray station at 12.58pm. It reached Kavi Sukanta station at Avishikta around 1.34pm. The Up journey ended at 1.50pm. It pulled in at Hemanta Mukherjee station at Ruby crossing. The return journey was covered in about 20 minutes.











            Kolkata: Metro runs along Bypass as New Garia-Ruby trial begins | Kolkata News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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              Registration of residential sales in Kolkata dips 15% year-on-year in August 2022

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              In all, 6,238 residential properties were registered in Kolkata Metropolitan Area in August 2022, down from 6,709 in July 2022. In August 2021 that had witnessed record registrations, the figure was 7,316.


              KOLKATA: Registration of residential sales documents in August 2022 was the third highest since the inception of the stamp duty window in July 2021. However, registrations dipped 7% against July 2022 although the decline was much sharper when compared to August 2021 at 15% as the latter had witnessed the highest home sale document registrations since the announcement of the incentive.

              In all, 6,238 residential properties were registered in Kolkata Metropolitan Area in August 2022, down from 6,709 in July 2022. In August 2021 that had witnessed record registrations, the figure was 7,316.

              The stamp duty cut was initially proposed in mid-July 2021, post which, the market sentiment towards home ownership continued to improve. Since the announcement, 57,136 residential properties have been registered in KMA. The numbers capture all residential sales documents registered with flat/apartment sizes mentioned, the registration data comprising transactions in both the primary and secondary markets.

              Of the various configurations, homes in the range of 501-1,000 sq ft continued to account for nearly half or 49% of the total registrations in August 2022. The bigger unit sizes of more than 1,001 sq ft comprised 26% share in the total pie. Smaller units of up to 500 sq ft comprised one-fourth share of the total.

              In line with past trends, north and south continued to be the best performing zones in August 2022.

              The share of the north zone expanded from 29% of the total in August 2021 to 40% in August 2022 as the northern suburbs gained traction from home buyers. The south zone’s share largely remained similar to August 2021, at 32% in the August 2022 period.

              Knight Frank India chairman & managing director Shishir Baijal said, “The robust home-buying spree, witnessed since the introduction of the stamp duty cut, continued in August 2022, when compared to the same period last year. Nevertheless, August 2022 noted the third highest total of residential sales documents registered in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area. A further extension of the stamp duty rebate beyond September 2022 would incentivize buyers to close property transactions and would continue to benefit the exchequer.”
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