Forging An Audacious City

Title: A Story of developing New Town/ Rajarhat (Jyoti Basu Nagar)
Author Name: Gautam Deb


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Paper Back: Paper Back: Publisher : Dasgupta & Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year : 2021
Price : Rs. 700
Language : English
Page Count : 190
Binding Type : Hardcover

This book is the retrospect of development of New Town greenfield township project of Left Front Government in the words of the erstwhile MIC of GoWB for Public Health Engineering and Housing Affairs, Goutam Dev. The people of Bengal, already having the experience of greenfield township development projects like Bidhannagar, Kalyani, Durgapur and Haldia, are not new to greenfield township projects. But New Town is fundamentally different from these earlier projects. It is now being estimated that to complete this township at the present price-value, the Government, the Housing Infrastructure Development Company (Hidco) and other stakeholders like several Public Sector Companies, Joint Venture Companies, Co-operatives and individuals would have jointly incurred an expenditure of about nearly one lakh crore rupees. Building a new township as a complete greenfield project without being financed by on-budget provisions of the government, and by mobilising land of approximately 3,770 hectares to accommodate nearly one and a half million residential and floating day time population was a Herculean task. The challenge had been taken up and pursued by the Left Front Government without much fanfare and publicity. Nevertheless, all key stake-holders were taken into confidence too. The developmental working was inaugurated in 1995, by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, People’s Leader Jyoti Basu. This book may also be termed as a printed archive of facts and narratives in building up the New Town city.

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