Kolkata West International City
Kolkata West International City is a satellite township development across 390.2 acres (1.579 km2) with 6,100 bungalows, four highrise residential towers, three IT parks, a 13-acre (53,000 m2) club, a 200-bed hospital, two schools and shopping and entertainment zones, in Howrah. Located on Howrah-Amta Road, just off NH 6, it is around 9 km (6 mi) from Benoy Badal Dinesh Bag, in the heart of Kolkata (earlier called Calcutta) and 12 km (7 mi) from Vidyasagar Setu linking Kolkata with Howrah. It is a tripartite venture involving the Salim and Ciputra groups from Indonesia and the Universal Success Group of Jakarta-based Non Resident Indian Prasoon Mukherjee.
The project is considered to be one of the largest foreign direct investments in township projects in India. The foundation plaque was unveiled by Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Chief Minister of West Bengal, on 15 February 2006. Speaking on the occasion, he felt that the Rs 2,500-crore (25 billion) township would provide the “right impetus” to growth on the western bank of the river Hooghly. The project is expected to be home to nearly 36,000 people.
The project is being executed in collaboration with Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The promoters claim that space and nature will blend with structural innovation and modern design in this project. Consisting of 2-4 bedroom G+1 storey villas, the project is spread over acres of pristine greenery and has over 5000 units within gated communities which will enjoy facilities like parks, playgrounds, commercial complexes etc. The entire project is expected to be completed and delivered by 2010.
Kolkata West International City Pvt Ltd, the joint venture company building the township, commands a combined turnover of $20 billion-plus. Salim and Universal Success are investors in the project, Ciputra the developer and Singapore-based Surbana the project manager.
The Howrah elite is protesting against the name of the project and are demanding that the word ‘Kolkata’ be dropped from the name. Eyebrows have been raised over Howrah Municipal Corporation agreeing to supply 2 million gallons of water per day, as it is unable to supply water to many areas.
In July 2011, Abhay Mohan Jha writing in the HIMAL Southasian states that on his visit there the gates of the township were locked and no one was living there. He then visited the office in Chowringhee to find that 30 investors were in a dharna there, after having paid in full for their dream homes, were unable to move into the town due to lack of infrastructure, unfinished roads and no shops. In this he claims there were two groups of victims of left misrule: those farmers who had lost their land and those who had invested. 
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