In a first, sanction plans to be handed over along with plots in Gitabitan township

Setting a precedent in the country, the Urban Development department of Bengal has decided to hand over plots – along with the sanction plan – to set up structures on them at Gitabitan in Santiniketan.

Gitabitan project, named by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is coming up on 127 acre of land. Necessary amendments to the Building Rules will be made to facilitate the project. A tender will be floated after the Puja to find out the buyers.

The state government has decided to set up six townships in Santiniketan (Gitabitan on 127 acre), Baruipur (Uttam City on 86 acre), Asansol (Agnibina on 59 acre), Kalyani (Samriddhi on 51.4 acre) Howrah (Dumurjala on 51.4 acre) and Siliguri (Teesta on 84 acres).

The state government has also come up with a township policy. All the modern townships will have specific themes.

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স্যানক্শন প্ল্যানও দেওয়া হবে গীতবিতান থিম সিটি প্রকল্পে 

মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর স্বপ্নের গীতবিতান থিম সিটিতে জমির সাথে স্যানক্শন প্ল্যান ও দেওয়ার সিদ্ধান্ত রাজ্য সরকারের। তার জন্য প্রয়োজনীয় সংশোধন করা হবে আবাসন আইনে। পুজোর পর বিজ্ঞপ্তি জারি করা হবে।

১২৭ একর জমির ওপর গড়ে উঠতে চলেছে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দোপাধ্যায়ের নামকরণ করা গীতবিতান প্রকল্প।

রাজ্য সরকার ছয়টি থিম উপনগরী গড়ে তুলতে চায়: শান্তিনিকেতনে গীতবিতান (১২৭ একর), বারুইপুরে উত্তম নগরী (৮৬ একর), আসানসোলে অগ্নিবীণা (৫৯ একর), কল্যাণীতে সমৃধ্ধি (৫১.৪ একর), হাওড়াতে ডুমুরজালা (৫১.৪ একর) ও শিলিগুড়িতে তিস্তা (৮৪ একর)।

গীতবিতান এমন ভাবে তৈরী করা হবে যাতে শান্তিনিকেতনের পরিবেশ আরও সমৃদ্ধ হয়। এই উপনাগরিতে অত্যাধুনিক সব বন্দোবস্ত থাকবে পরিবেশ ও প্রযুক্তির মেলবন্ধন ঘটে।

Bengal cabinet clears deck for developing six theme cities

West Bengal cabinet on Friday cleared the deck for developing six modern cities in the state.

Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim said the location for six modern cities had already been finalised. The Cabinet had even named all the six proposed cities according to choice and importance of the place, he said adding they would have modern facilities for decent living.

Naming the theme cities

Speaking about the smart cities, Hakim said one would come up over 85 acres at Dabgram near Siliguri and would be called ‘Teesta’ after the name of a major river in north Bengal. Another city would come up near Bolpur in Birbhum district over 127 acres and christened ‘Gitabitan’ after a popular compilation of songs by Rabindranath Tagore.

A third city over 50 acres would come up near the twin industrial towns of Asansol-Durgapur covering Churulia, birth place of the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It would be named ‘Agnibina’, after the name of a collection of poems by the rebel poet. One more city would come up near Kalyani, developed by erstwhile chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, in Nadia district over 50 acres and would be known as ‘Samriddhi’.

Another city, which is yet to be named, would come up at Dumurjala in neighbouring Howrah district over 50 acres. The sixth smart city would come up at Baruipur in the southern outskirt of the metropolis over 86 acres and would be named after the famed Bengal matinee idol Uttam Kumar, the minister said.

Allotment of land

In all cases the state government has adequate land and would be developed by the state urban development department, Hakim said. Besides, the state government would also develop some thematic private township over land within ceiling at different places in the state.

The themes could range from knowledge, sports and IT and the townships would be developed by various wings of the department like HIDCO and KMDA, he said.

Hakim hoped that the projects would bring in huge investment and create a lot of employment opportunity. In all cases there would be 25 per cent reservations for the economically weaker sections.