Tag: West Bengal


WB to form QRTs in all the districts for disaster management

West Bengal State Disaster Management and Civil Defence Department will set up Quick Response Teams (QRT) for each district of WB, including capital Kolkata. The primary reason for establishing QRT is to ensure better assistance to people during emergency situations hence providing better disaster management. The QRTs will function under the respective District Disaster Management […]

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West Bengal permits development of townships at Rajarhat & Amtala

The state cabinet of West Bengal has granted provisional permission to two private companies to develop township projects, one in Rajarhat and the other near Amtala. While the Rajarhat project will come up on 80.29 acres, the one near Amtala will cover almost 233 acres. The Rajarhat project will share a common boundary with Eco […]

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West Bengal emphasis on developing new tier II and III townships

West Bengal government is emphasising on developing new smaller townships in the state. I am interested in new tier II and III townships, said state Finance Minister Amit Mitra on the sidelines of a realty conclave. The state government had decided to promote six theme based cities with government land – Siliguri, Baraipur, Asansol, Kalyani, […]

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Townships to enjoy moderation of land ceiling act in West Bengal

As per a special offer made to private builders, the state government of West Bengal would allow builders who build townships of over 50 acres to enjoy moderation of the existing land ceiling act. Although, the moderation comes with a condition of the builders earmarking 25% of the land for economically weaker section and 25% […]

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West Bengal government to develop Santiniketan as theme township

The state government of West Bengal is planning to develop Santiniketan as a Gitabitan theme township, which would reflect the culture of Bengal and the ethos of Rabindranath Tagores vision. The project would be implemented by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) in collaboration with Sriniketan Shantiniketan Development Authority (SSDA). The state urban development department […]

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West Bengal to introduce bike taxis in New Town

The satellite township of Kolkata, New Town is getting ready for app based bike taxis. A notification regarding the introduction of these vehicles has brought out by the West Bengal State Traffic Department, with licenses to be issued by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) of North 24 Parganas district. The bike taxis would be GPS-enabled […]

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West Bengal to have its first ghost tourism destination

Begunkodar railway station in Purulia district of West Bengal remained abandoned for more than 40 years, due to fears of being haunted. As the railway minister, Mamata Banerjee dismissed all reports of the ghost and reopened the station in 2009. A few trains stopped but only during the day, but locals shied away from going […]

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CII and Bengal govt sign MoU to build four smart cities

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed an agreement with the West Bengal government to build four smart cities in the state. Dr Saugat Mukherjee, Regional Director, CII Eastern Region, and Sutanu Prasad Kar, Mission Director, Smart Cities Mission of West Bengal, signed the MoU during a Roundtable on CII National Mission on Smart […]

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West Bengal launches 200 water ATMs

The city of Kolkata and its suburbs would soon have as many as 200 ‘water ATMs’ or water vending machines installed, starting this Durga Puja. The initiative is part of the state government’s ‘Pran Dhara’ packaged drinking water project. Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Department Minister Subrata Mukherjee inaugurated the first drinking ATM in the […]

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Project to make Darjeeling clean and green

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, while praising the people of Darjeeling for their initiative to make the Queen of Hills clean and green, announced that 50,000 toilets would be built in the hill district. The Chief Minister said that both the state government and the Gorkhaland Territorial administration are working together to […]

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