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50% reservation for minorities in KMDA's Baishnabghata flats

50% reservation for minorities in KMDA's Baishnabghata flats

Author: Statesman News Service
Publication: The Statesman
Date: January 9, 2008

Minorities in the state will have a fifty per cent reservation in the 296 flats made by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), that are coming up in the Baishnabghata-Patuli area. The state minister for urban development and municipal affairs Mr Ashok Bhattacharya in this regard today made an announcement.

"The minority community consisting of Muslims, Buddhists and Jains will have a fifty per cent reservation in the various flats that will be built by the KMDA at the East Kolkata Township," Mr Bhattacharya said.

Elaborating on the reasons for this reservation, the minister said that the decision was taken with a view of uplifting the socio-economic conditions of the minorities and particularly their housing problems.

Meanwhile, the KMDA today has decided to build a total of 296 flats in the East Kolkata Township along the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. 112 of these 296 flats will be for the middle-income group (MIG), while 184 would be in the lower income group (LIG) category.

All MIG flats will be of 650 sq feet and are available at a cost in between Rs 6.5 lakhs and Rs 7.5 lakhs. Similarly, the LIG flats will be built available at a cost varying between Rs 2.75 lakhs and Rs 2.8 lakhs.

"All flats will be available at a subsidised rate and we have fixed a stipulation that no one can transfer their flats within the next 10 years," Mr Bhattacharya said adding that all flats will be coming up within the next two years. KMDA will also build a community hall and a children's park in the areas. Other than these flats, the KMDA will also build 244 new flats for the LIG, while 82 plots will be distributed amongst the MIGs. Both the plot distribution and development of flats in the area will be done in the Bashnabghata-Patuli areas.

KMDA also announced that they would be distributing 150 plots in the same Baishnabghata-Patuli area. These plots will be distributed to those who had to be re-located because of the various developmental works carried out by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and KMDA. Even those evicted from the Tolly Nullah area will be given plots.

"Plots will be distributed through a lottery and all applicants would have to provides certificates that they have been evicted because of developmental work carried out by KMC and KMDA.

Moreover, they will also have to certify that they do not own any house or property," the minister said.

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