A lot of issues need to be looked on to make Rajarhat New Town an attractive commercial and business destination.
An interactive meet was organised on April 5 with real estate investors who have taken plots in the township in the last two years through an expression of interest process. The investors presented their action plan as to how they will utilise the allotted plots and also gave some useful suggestions as to how the infrastructure could be further spruced up. "The investors gave presentations of their project action plans and also flagged a few issues which would be looked upon," said an official of the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco). Economist and chairman of the West Bengal Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (WBIDFC) Dr Abhirup Sarkar presided over the meeting.
One of the investors suggested that more trees should be planted in the township. "The nature of soil in the township is such that there is much accumulation of dust. This could be minimised by planting more trees," an official said.
Some of the investors pointed out that the quality of water is a concern and that water supply is an issue. Hidco officials said that the issue of water supply will be resolved soon by this year as work of laying the pipeline from Hooghly river to the water treatment plant in New Town is going on that will flow in water and cater to the needs of not only New Town but of its surrounding places as well. Public transport is also an area which needs to be developed, investors pointed out. Investors also highlighted the Gurgaon model as to how the infrastructure and logistics of New Town could be developed.