The state government Tuesday announced the creation of the first ever West Bengal Urban Development Policy, which enables tenants to have the same floor area in a building that comes up after the landlord rebuilds the old house the tenant lived in.
“Such a policy was a strong requirement to cope with growing urbanisation,” Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim announced after a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Elaborating the policy, Finance Minister and Chairman of a Group of Minister (GoM) Amit Mitra said the benefits of living in a metro city would accrue to a large number of people by providing scope of raising floor-space of existing buildings under several conditions and boost government revenues in the process. “The state government has taken this bold step to accommodate more people in the metropolis to meet the requirement of growing urbanisation,” Mitra said.
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He said that the growth of urban population in the state was 31 per cent from the year 2001 to 2011, which was against 27 per cent growth of national average.
The salient features of the new policy include allotment of the same floor area to a tenant after an endangered building the tenant stayed is reconstructed; letting a person build 10 per cent more floor area than what is permissible under law if a green (environment friendly) building is constructed and allowing 15 per cent more floor area than what is permissible under law if a mega complex housing IT business, hospitals or mass-housing project is built.
Besides, 20 per cent increase in floor space would also be allowed to buildings located over wide roads and within 500 metres of metro tunnel for better utilisation of rapid transit system, Mitra said. “A government order would soon be issued,” the minister said.
Firhad Hakim said that the decision was taken sometime back by the chief minister and to give this idea a concrete shape, the GoM, comprising Mitra and Hakim, besides Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and Power Minister Manish Gupta, discussed the matter with all the stake-holders and finalised the policy.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to launch a scheme —- Gati Dhara —- in which up to Rs 1 lakh would be provided to unemployed youth who registers with the employment bank in the state. For this, the state government will create a fund of Rs 100 crore.
The state government will also allocate Rs 1 crore each to three football clubs —- Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohamedan Sporting- for improvement of their infrastructure. The cabinet also decided to set up exclusive schools for children of police personnel.