Bengal government to develop green spaces in urban areas

The state Municipal Affairs department has taken up several steps for creation and development of green space in urban areas at an estimated cost of around Rs 60 crore. The schemes have been taken up as a part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s announced programme ‘Green City Clean City.’

The state government has allotted Rs 32 crore to develop 106 parks under green space development project in urban areas. The work will be carried out by the municipal bodies with technical support from Municipal Engineering Directorate.

In 2015, the department took up development of 177 parks in 54 urban towns at an estimated cost of Rs 28 crore. The work is in the final stages and last minute touches are being given. Once these 283 parks are completed and are thrown opened to the public it will cover 470 acre of new green space in urban areas.

Municipal Affairs department has developed 566 parks since 2011.


রাজ্যের শহরাঞ্চলে আরও পার্ক বানাবে সরকার

রাজ্যের শহরাঞ্চলে আরও পার্ক বানানোর উদ্যোগ নিয়েছে পুর-বিষয়ক দপ্তর। এর জন্য বরাদ্দ হয়েছে ৬০ কোটি টাকা। মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর মস্তিষ্কপ্রসূত ‘গ্রীন সিটি ক্লিন সিটি’ প্রকল্পকে বাস্তবায়িত করতেই এই উদ্যোগ।

শহরাঞ্চলে ১০৬টি পার্ক বানাতে ৩২ কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ হয়েছে। Municipal Engineering Directorate সহায়তায় পুর-বিষয়ক দপ্তর এই কাজটি করবে।

২০১৫ সালে ২৮ কোটি টাকা ব্যয়ে ৫৪টি শহরে ১৭৭টি পার্ক বানানো হয়েছিল। সেগুলির কাজ এখন শেষ পর্যায়ে। এর মধ্যে ২৮৩টি পার্কের কাজ শেষ যার ফলে রাজ্যে সবুজায়ন হয়েছে ৪৭০ একর জমির।

২০১১ সাল থেকে রাজ্যে ৫৬৬টি পার্ক তৈরী ও রক্ষনাবেক্ষন করছে পুর-বিষয়ক দপ্তর।

State government undertakes special drive for ‘Nijo Griha’ scheme

A special drive has been taken by the State Government to expedite the construction of houses for the people from economically-weaker section in urban areas under the project ‘Nijo Griha’ scheme.

The state government aims to complete construction of 70,000 residential units in the next few years.

At the same time, an initiative has been taken to incorporate earthquake resistant measures during the planning and designing of the residential structures.

The work to prepare the Annual Implementation Plan and Detailed Project Report has started, with the assistance provided by the Municipal Engineering Directorate of the state government. The work will start in full swing after the Puja.


‘নিজ গৃহ’ প্রকল্পে নতুন উদ্যোগ রাজ্যের

নিজ গৃহ’ প্রকল্পের মাধ্যমে শহরাঞ্চলের অর্থনৈতিক দিক দিয়ে পিছিয়ে থাকা মানুষদের পাশে দাঁড়াল রাজ্য সরকার।
এই প্রকল্পের আওতায় রাজ্য সরকার আগামী কয়েক বছরের মধ্যে ৭০,০০০ বাড়ি তৈরির সংকল্প করেছে।  বাড়িগুলিতে যাতে ভূমিকম্প প্রতিরোধ ক্ষমতাও থাকে সেটিও নিশ্চিত করা হবে।
মিউনিসিপাল ইঞ্জিনিয়ারিং ডিরেক্টরেট এব্যাপারে কারিগরি সহায়তা দেবে। পুজোর পরেই পুরোদমে এই কাজ শুরু হবে।


Urban Development – Trinamool performing much better than previous govt

In four years, the Trinamool Congress Government has achieved much more than what any of the previous government could in comparable periods of time.

The Left Front Government, during its last financial year, 2010-11, spent Rs 866 crore. The new Trinamool Government during its first financial year, 2011-12, hiked the amount by 30.25% to Rs 1128 crore.

This amount has continuously increased over the past four years, to Rs 1690 crore in 2014-15 (an increase by 82% over the last year of the Left Front), to make a total spend of Rs 5559 crore over the first four years for the Trinamool Government.

Compare this to Rs 3327 crore, the amount spent by the Left Front Government over its last four years, an increase by almost 70%. This amount has been further increased in the 2015-16 Budget to Rs 1895 crore.

It is quite apparent that the Trinamool Government has continuously spent much more for urban development in the State.


Municipal development – Trinamool is way ahead

Similarly comparing the last four years of the Left Front to the first four of the Trinamool, the comparable amounts are Rs 3204 crore and Rs 4908 crore, an increase by more than 53%.

The budget for municipal development in 2015-16 has kept at Rs 2466 crore, which more than 130% that of the Left Front’s last year in power (2010-11).

Among other things, the Trinamool Government has spent the money on drinking water projects, housing for the urban poor, urban beautification, sewerage system and social development funds.


Completed projects of the Trinamool Government

 A. Projects completed by the Trinamool Government in its first three years only (2011-12 to 2013-14) all over West Bengal

  • 16,000 housing units for the urban poor completed; 11,000 more units are on their way to completion
  • Street lamps have been set up in 52 municipalities
  • Professional training to 1,05,000 jobless youth
  • Through e-governance plan, in 73 municipalities, computerised birth and death certificates, trade licenses, and, in some municipalities, building plans too
  • State-of-the-art tannery in Tangra in Kolkata Municipal Corporation area
  • Compactor stations for scientific garbage disposal in Kolkata and other places


B. Projects in 2014-15

  • Nazrul Tirtha in New Town, Kolkata (Rs 45.7 crore)
  • Eco Island, as a part of Phase 3 of Eco Tourism Park (Rs 6.67 crore)
  • Underpasses (Rs 4.75 crore)
  • Third bridge over the Bagjola Canal (Rs 6.03 crore)
  • Water supply project in Baruipur municipality (Rs 14.47 crore)
  • 25 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity water purification plant in Geonkhali
  • Completion of Satish Samanta Haldia Trade Centre in Raichak


C. Significant projects undertaken during the last financial year to be continued in the next FY 2015-16

  • Ten community markets and solar city in New Town Kolkata Development Authority area
  • Granting 129 acres to Sriniketan-Santiniketan Development Authority for building a Smart Township in Bolpur
  • Taking up a Rs 300.79-crore project of constructing a giant Ferris wheel for tourists at Millenium Park in Kolkata, in collaboration with a British company (for building the giant wheel) and Kolkata Port Trust
  • As per a new urban development policy, exhorting real estate developers to build projects for the economically disadvantaged
  • Municipal solid waste management projects in six municipalities of Hooghly district
  • Municipal waste water treatment projects in Barrackpore, Uttarpara-Kotrang and Khardaha municipalities
  • Fifty-bed shelters for the homeless in 10 cities
  • Increasing the ambit of e-governance

Urban development: Achievements of West Bengal Government

With the forthcoming Municipal elections in 91 Municipalities and Kolkata Municipal Corporation around the corner, the first question which comes to our mind is how much work the Trinamool Government has done after coming to power towards urban development.


In four years the expenditure towards planned urban development has increased by 70 percent

How much did the Left Front Government spend in their last four years towards planned urban development? How much has the Trinamool Government spent in their first four years? As per records Left Front had spent about Rs 866 crore in 2010-11.  Whereas the present TMC Government has spent Rs 1128 crore in 2011-12 i.e more than 30.25% the spending of Left Front Government’s last year.  In the second year this government has spent around Rs 1231 crore (i.e around 42% more than Left Front’s last spending). In 2013-14, TMC has spent around Rs 1510 crore (i.e about 75% more than Left Front’s last year) and for 2014-15, this government has increased its spending to Rs 1690 crore around 95% more than what Left Front spent in its last year in power.

In the current financial year the budget is around Rs 1895 crore which is 120%  of what Left Front had spent in their last four years in power.

In the first four years Trinamool has spent Rs 5559 crore 28 lakh towards urban development i.e around Rs 1390 crore per year which is around 61% increase from Left Front’s last year spending. In the last four years the Left Front Government had spent around Rs 3327 crore while TMC has already spent Rs 5560 crore. This is around 70% more than what Left Front has spent.

Under Municipal Affairs, Trinamool has spent more

If we compare the last four years of Left Front Government and the first four years of Trinamool Government, it will be seen that from the years 2007-11, the then West Bengal Government had spent Rs 3204 crore 47 lakh. After Trinamool came to power in 2011, the spending till now has been Rs 4904 crore 14 lakh. It is clear from the data itself that comparatively Trinamool Government has spent more than 53% already. In the forthcoming financial year the budget allotted is Rs 2466 crore which is around 130% more than what Left Front has spent during their tenure of last four years in Municipal Affairs.

The work done in both Urban and Municipal departments, is quite remarkable. From distribution of filtered water, development of slums, construction of houses for the urban poor, infrastructure development in slum areas, beautification, implementation Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana, waste management, e-governance service, modernisation of sewerage and drainage system, various allowances like old age, widow, physically challenged people, the Trinamool Government has covered quite a lot of spheres of work.

Trinamool’s success is much more

Though it is difficult to retrieve records of Left Front Government’s spending, the ones we get through the print media like planned development expenditure, social support allowances under various categories for the people under living below poverty line vis-a-vis spending done by Trinamool Government are as given below:



Left Front Government Trinamool Government Rate of success by Trinamool

Expenditure towards Urban development

Rs 3326 crore 43 lakh in the last four years Rs 5559 crore 24 lakh in first four years

Around 67%

  • Do –
Rs 865 crore 85 lakh in the last year Rs 1895 crore in 2015-16

Around 120%

Development in Municipal areas Rs 3204 crore 87 lakh in last four years Rs 4904 crore 14 lakh in first four years

More than 53%

  • Do –
Rs 1077 crore 86 lakh in last four years Rs 2466 crore in the current financial year Around 130%

Water distribution project is Municipal areas

Only two in last two years In 2012-13 and 2013-14 13 projects

6.5 times more

Water distribution projects under Urban Development

19 in last two years In 2012-13 and 2013-14 35 projects

1.84 times more

Various financial benefits given to people under BPL In last three years about 5 lakh 50 thousand In first three years about 12 lakh 28 thousand

2.23 times more


Some remarkable achievements in first three years of Trinamool Government

Till the year 2013-14 some projects which are completed or under completion are;

  • For the urban poor and slum dwellers construction of houses and improvement of infra-structure in slum areas has been undertaken. Around 16 thousand houses have been constructed and 11 thousand more are under construction within scheduled time.
  • Several beautification drives have been undertaken in collaboration with Urban Development Department and Municipal Engineering Directorate which includes installation of artistic street lights, beautification of waterfront along the Hooghly from Princep Ghat to Millennium Park, renovation of 16 ghats along the banks of Hooghly, beautification of medians along the 16 major roads in the city etc.
  • Under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana over one lakh 5 thousand youth under BPL have been given training.
  • Through e-governance services along with KMC and 73 other Municipal areas, birth and death certificates, trade licences, payment of taxes can be availed electronically.
  • A modern abattoir has been built in Tangra (Ward no.58) area keeping in mind the hygiene and health of the people living in and around that area.
  • Several compactors have been installed towards waste management in various parts of the city by KMC.
  • Implementation of Right to Public Services Act, 2013 has been done.
  • The jurisdiction of 15 Municipal Boards across the state has been increased

Some remarkable projects completed in the last few years

  • Nazrul Tirtha at Rs 45.70 crore
  • Eco tourism park phase 3 (eco island) at Rs 6.67 crore
  • Pedestrian underpass at Rs 4.76 crore
  • Third Bagjola bridge at Rs 6.03 crore
  • Surface water distribution in Baruipur at Rs 14.87 crore
  • In Geokhali 25 MGD water treatment plant
  • In Raichak construction of Satish Samanta Trade Centre has been completed

Some notable projects under implementation

The projects under construction are ;

  • Under Newtown Kolkata Development Authority 10 community markets and Solar city
  • Sriniketan – Shantiniketan Development Authority has allotted 129 acre land to build Bolpur Smart Township
  • In collaboration with Kolkata Port Trust a giant wheel is being installed at the Millennium Park at the cost of Rs 300.79 crore
  • 22 urban development projects have been undertaken at the cost of Rs 76 thousand crore to help the backward classes of the society
  • Solid waste management project has been undertaken by Hooghly Municipality in the current financial year
  • Waste water project has been started under Barrackpur, Uttarpara and Khardah Municipalities
  • 10 shelters for the homeless with 50 beds each is being made for the homeless people
  • Over and above this the periphery of e-governance services will be increased

It can be said without hesitation the work being done by the TMC Government in the State is much more than done by any government earlier to this.