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।

Bengal shines in clean India survey, 25 urban bodies among top 100

In the survey that assessed municipal areas for minimal open defecation and effective solid waste management, West Bengal has done exceptionally well, with 25 municipal areas in the state making it to the top 100 cities.

Halishahar was ranked 9th among cities while Kolkata was at rank 56, which was the best among the four metros. The list includes only Class I cities with a population of more than one lakh.

The ranking used three methodologies – primary data from the municipal bodies, field inspection and ground interaction with people.

The survey also assessed the status of septage management (disposal of sewage from septik tanks), waste water treatment, drinking water quality, surface quality of water bodies, and mortality due to water-borne diseases.

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