The West Bengal government has announced a housing project, ‘Nijoshree’, under which two categories of flats would be provided to people, whose monthly earnings are not above Rs 30,000. The two categories of residential flats would have one and two bedrooms, the state’s urban development minister, Firhad Hakim said. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting, on June 20, 2018, following the success of ‘Banglar Bari’, a rehabilitation scheme under which slum-dwellers of Kolkata and other municipalities in the state, would be given a flat each, Hakim said.
Those earning up to Rs 15,000 per month, would be eligible to apply for the 1-BHK (378 sq ft carpet area) flats, while those whose monthly income do not cross Rs 30,000, would be able to apply for the 2-BHK (559 sq ft carpet area) flats under the proposed project, which would come up on land available with the different bodies and development authorities of the government, he said. The 1-BHK flats would cost Rs 7.28 lakhs, while the 2-BHK flats would be priced at Rs 9.26 lakhs, he added. “There will be 50,000 units under the scheme initially and hopefully, the project will be completed within the next two to three years,” he said adding a single applicant would not be allowed to apply multiple times online.
The cabinet also gave its nod to the proposed supply of green fuel to greater Kolkata within five years, the minister said. GAIL along with the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation Ltd (GCGSCL), would work for the Calcutta Gas Supply Project to households in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and Kolkata, the minister said. “The chief minister wants gas to be supplied to every household at a reasonable rate. Within two years, we will try to set up the network of pipelines to supply green fuel and in another five years, its supply will start to areas under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority,” Hakim said.