Bengal Govt to e-auction land for Analytics City in Kalyani

The West Bengal government will next month hold an e-auction for bidding of land to set up an analytics city early adjacent to Kalyani Township in Nadia district in association with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I).

Speaking at Round Table Meeting with the stakeholders of the ambitious project, organised by the BCC&I, state Urban Development Principal Secretary Debashis Sen said the government would soon publish an advertisement inviting “Request For Proposal” (RFP) from those willing to participate in the tender process.

“After finalising this process, the state government will proceed for bidding of land through e-auction early next month to develop the “Sammriddhi-Kalyani Analytics City,” Sen said.

The project, one of the six smart cities of the state based on various themes, had received special mention in the meetings of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to London.

With an investment of Rs 3,000 crore, the project would come up in about three years on 52 acres offered by the state government to develop the city.


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World-class Public Health Institute coming up in Bengal

The West Bengal Government has decided to constitute a global advisory group for developing an institute of public health at Nadia’s Kalyani. The group will comprise Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and other educationists who are experts in public health. The institute will be developed as a world-class global centre of education and research in public health.

“An Institute of Public Health is being set up at Kalyani, Nadia. The Institute will develop as a global centre to address key areas of education, research and policy formulations in public health and related subjects,” Mamata Banerjee posted on facebook on Wednesday.

Mamata added, “To make the Institute a world-class centre, we have decided to constitute a Global Advisory Group with eminent persons. They are Prof. Dr. Amartya Sen, Prof Abhijit Binayak Banerjee of MIT, Prof. Sir Michael Marmot, Director, University College of London Institute of Health Equity, Prof. Lincoln Chenn, Chairman, China Medical Board in US, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts, Prof. Grant Miller, Director, Stanford Centre for International Development, Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President Public Health Foundation of India and Ms. K. Sujatha Rao, Ex Union Health¬†Secretary.”

The state is developing Kalyani as a theme-based township. The town already has several plots earmarked for residential and commercial purposes. The CM has named the theme township ‘Samriddhi’

The government recently took the decision to set up the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Kalyani. The government has allotted 180 acres of land, worth Rs 57 crore, to set up the hospital.

Besides this, the state will develop Kalyani as an analytical city covering over 50 acres of land. Bengal expects to draw Rs 3000 crore of investment from the project.

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.