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Rules to check realty spread in New Town Kolkata
Source: The Times of India Jan 30, 2014
The government has come up with the draft of the New Town Kolkata Planning Area (Building) Rules 2014 and a Land Use and Development Control Plan (LUDCP) to check unplanned urbanisation in the area.

The government aims to develop real estate in Rajarhat that is within the New Town planning area. It will present the final publication of both the building rules and LUDCP once suggestions and objections stop coming.

The new rules will apply for the planning area of New Town that falls under the local panchayats, which is called the Hidco planning area covering over 24 mouzas - 15 in North 24-Parganas and nine in South 24-Parganas - covering 6,000 to 7,000 hectares. This area is not a part of the New Town project area but comprises greater Rajarhat that earlier used to come under Bhangor Rajarhat Development Authority (BRADA) area that was dissolved by the Mamata Banerjee government.

The area for which the LUDCP has been drawn up is about 60 sq km, which is more than twice as large as New Town. According to estimates, about 1.85 lakh people are already living in this area. The LUDCP has been prepared after extensive field surveys keeping in mind the natural ecology of the area so that a planned township can be developed without affecting existing habitation. A major portion of 44.37% of the proposed land has been designated for residential housing projects. Also a big area of 16.22% has been earmarked for water bodies and open spaces. Out of the remaining 40%, 8.36% would be used for roads and other utilities and the rest would be allotted for educational, cultural institutions and commercial purposes.

Among the features of building rules, realtors will have to donate a strip of land of 2.5 metre width to the government to get permission to construct taller buildings. According to the draft, the new building rules will apply to high-rises of more than 15 metre and to projects that cover an area of one hectare or above.

In such cases, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will first scrutinise applications for sanctioning building plans and then give a no-objection certificate (NOC). Only after this, it will approve the building plans. However, the plans will not be received by NKDA directly. Realtors will have to first submit the plans to the local panchayat samiti and then these would be sent to NKDA through the Zilla Parishad for scrutiny and NOC.

Government officials said that there are quite a few progressive features in the rules that are largely based on the latest version of Kolkata municipal corporation's building rules. One of these is the option of donating land of 2.50 meter of width to the government for realtors to get permission for constructing taller buildings.

Vast areas in Rajarhat are witnessing rapid urbanization. The government plans to prevent haphazard growth of buildings. "The new rules that will be in effect along with LUDCP will help Rajarhat have a planned township in future," a senior official said.
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