New Town, Kolkata

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New Town
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Apartment high-rises in New Town
Apartment high-rises in New Town
New Town is located in West Bengal
New Town
New Town
Location in West Bengal, India
New Town is located in India
New Town
New Town
New Town (India)
Coordinates: 22°35′22″N 88°28′29″E / 22.5894°N 88.4748°E / 22.5894; 88.4748Coordinates: 22°35′22″N 88°28′29″E / 22.5894°N 88.4748°E / 22.5894; 88.4748
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictNorth 24 Parganas
RegionGreater Kolkata
Government
 • TypeStatutory Development Area
 • BodyNew Town Kolkata Development Authority
Elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Population
(April 2018)
 • Total1,000,000 (Approximately)
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
700156, 700157
Telephone code+91 33
Vehicle registrationWB
Lok Sabha constituencyBarasat
Vidhan Sabha constituencyRajarhat New Town
Websitewww.nkdamar.org www.wbhidcoltd.com

New Town is a fast-growing planned satellite city of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a part of the area covered by New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA).[1] This new information technology and residential hub is being developed on the north-eastern fringes of Kolkata. The area mainly consisted of huge acres of cultivable lands and water bodies, which have been acquired and developed in a planned manner. The process of investing in residential and industrial facilities and infrastructural development of the area has mainly started under the leadership of the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu in the late 1990s. The master plan envisions a township which is at least three times bigger than the neighbouring planned Salt Lake City. The New Town (Rajarhat) has been also declared as a Solar City by the previous UPA government at the Centre and now the initiatives are being taken to declare this city as Smart Green City, a dream project of Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) with the help of Government of West Bengal according to a proposal submitted by Mamata Banerjee (Chief Minister of West Bengal).[2] The New Town Kolkata was enabled with 10.5 km of Wi-Fi Zone connecting the Main Arterial Road to the airport to Sector V, which also make it India's first Wi-Fi road connectivity. The stretch has already been declared as a green corridor.[3]

Geography[edit]

New Town is located at 22°35′22″N 88°28′29″E / 22.5894°N 88.4748°E / 22.5894; 88.4748. The township is located in the Barasat Sadar subdivision of North 24 Parganas district. It is part of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area.[4]

Economy[edit]

DLF IT Park, New Town

New Town being three times the size of Salt Lake has emerged as the second IT hub of Kolkata. Already several Information Technology majors are operational, while others like TCS (40 acres) , Wipro (45 acres) and Infosys(50 acres)[5] have been allotted space.

Currently, real estate investments and developments forms the other backbone of the economy. Major real state conglomerates involved in commercial,retail and residential projects are DLF, Candor, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, TATA group, Ambuja Neotia Realty, Peerless Group, Sureka Group, etc.[6][7]

Demographics[edit]

Uniworld City, an apartment complex within New Town

As of April 2018, the residential population of New Town is estimated to be more than 1 million with 0.5 million additional floating population. [8]

Civic administration[edit]

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has been constituted under The New Town Kolkata Development Authority Act, 2007 (The West Bengal Act XXX of 2007) for rendering various civic services and amenities within New Town, Kolkata and it has come into effect since November, 2008. It is a transitional arrangement in the way of creation of an Urban Local Body (ULB). The administration is headed by a chairman, exercising authority over a member secretary and Chief executive officer, who in turn oversee various specific committees, set up to implement various duties.

Utility services[edit]

As of 2015, New Town gets 200 lpcd of treated water every day with potable water that is sourced from the Hooghly River.[9] Water treatment plants with computerised monitoring and control system are in place. 100% of the garbage is collected by sanitary workers through door to door collection. As of 2015, more than 70% of the solid waste management vehicles and street sweeping vehicles have been fitted with GPS devices for effective monitoring.[9] All the garbage is compacted at compacting stations before disposing of it in dumping grounds.

Electricity is supplied and managed by New Town Electric Supply Company Limited, or NTESCL.[9] Fire services are handled by the West Bengal Fire Service, a state agency. The Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate looks after the law and order in the city.

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, or BSNL, as well as private enterprises, among them Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio, Tata DoCoMo, are the leading telephone and cell phone service providers in the city.[10]:25–26:179 Kolkata being the first city in India to have cell phone and 4G connectivity, the GSM and CDMA cellular coverage is extensive in New Town.[11][12]

Transport[edit]

The main mode of transportation, like other parts of Kolkata includes air conditioned, non-AC government and private buses, taxi, and other popular Indian transports like auto rickshaw and e-rickshaws. As of 2015, around 300 buses on 25 different bus routes, either passes through or originates from New Town.[9] As of November 2016, the New GariaAirport line of the Kolkata Metro is under-construction with cost inflation and delays[13][14] There is also a plan to extend the Circular Railway from Bidhannagar Road (Ultadanga) to New Town via Lake Town and Salt Lake.[15]

Education[edit]

Some of the educational and training institutes that are setting up their campuses in Rajarhat:

For the children, to study up to the 12th standard, New Town also houses many schools:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NTKDA Act, 2007" (PDF). NTKDA. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/West-Bengal-seeks-smart-green-city-tag-for-New-Town/articleshow/37867094.cms[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "KMA notification" (PDF). Urban Development Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Infosys in Kolkata".
  6. ^ "Real Estate boom in New Town...!!". PressReleasePoint. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Wipro accepts West Bengal's land proposal (Lead) - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/Millennium-Post-1121157364607635. "E-Auction in New Town's Action Area II sees stellar response". www.millenniumpost.in. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d "Smart City Proposal" (PDF). NKDAMAR. Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. p. 7. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Annual report 2010–11" (PDF). Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Kolkata connects India to 4G era". Times of India. New Delhi. 11 April 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  12. ^ "City of the third revolution — First 4G service to be launched in Calcutta". The Telegraph. Kolkata. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Rail set to take over East-West". The Telegraph. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Hidco clears route for Garia-airport Metro". Times of India. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Metro - Urban - Suburban Systems". IRFCA. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 October 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Chakraborti, Suman (18 February 2015). "Rajarhat to get education hub". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 June 2018.

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