All you need to know about the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA)

Formerly known as the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority is responsible for statutory planning and development of the Kolkata metropolitan area

Formerly known as the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KDMA) is responsible for statutory planning and development of the Kolkata metropolitan area in West Bengal. The authority is governed under the state’s Urban Development Ministry.

Conceived as the city’s planning agency, the KDMA was formed in 1970, to plan new areas and townships in the city. Its functions now include creating and maintaining infrastructure and providing amenities to the citizens.


Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA)


Jurisdiction of KMDA

The KMDA governs the entire Kolkata metropolitan area which includes:

  • Kolkata district
  • Hooghly district
  • Howrah district
  • Nadia district
  • North 24 Parganas district
  • South 24 Parganas district


Functions of KMDA

The KMDA’s functional domains broadly cover the following three:

  • Regulatory works
  • Planning for development
  • Project implementation

Besides these areas, the KMDA is also engaged in providing consultancy and implementing projects on behalf of other public sector agencies.

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The body also has to prepare existing land-use maps and registers for different zones within the Kolkata municipal area. The authority is also responsible for adopting and implementing these land use maps and development control regulations (DCRs). The body is engaged in carrying out different levels of planning exercise, right from perspective plan to formulation of investment programmes.

The KMDA has implemented a number of projects in different sectors of infrastructure such as water supply, sewerage and drainage, traffic and transportation, township and area development, housing and slum improvement, commercial complexes, parks and playgrounds, etc.

The KMDA also works as a nodal agency for implementation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JN-NURM) for Kolkata and Asansol urban areas.

The KMDA works with different government departments/agencies for planning, designing and implementing certain projects that require specialised skills, such as geographic information system (GIS), which is one of the major strengths of the authority.

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KMDA: Major ongoing projects

Kolkata BRTS: The Kolkata Bus Rapid Transit System is a 15.5- km bus rapid transit corridor, beginning at Ultadanga, running along EM Bypass to Garia. The corridor connects major growth centres like Ultadanga, Salt Lake, Tangra Metropolitan, Anandapur, Mukundapur and Patuli township. The project was expected to be finished in 2018 but the work is not yet complete.

Kolkata West International City: It is a proposed satellite township at Salap in Howrah district, in the form of a joint venture between various foreign investors. The KDMA acquired a 390-acre plot and will provide about 11,000 apartments to house nearly 36,000 people. The first phase of the project will span across 82 acres, with the flats being priced between Rs 20 lakhs and Rs 80 lakhs. There are plans to set up dedicated power stations, sports facilities, IT parks, entertainment zones, hospitals and schools in the township.

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KMDA contact details

Real Estate 
Golf Green

Bagha Jatin

Salt Lake



Chief Engineer (Real Estate)

Ph no: (033) 2337-2820

Traffic and Transportation 
 Chief Engineer (T&T)

Ph no: (033) 2337-2508

Maps InformationSenior Geophysicist (Environment Cell)

Ph no:(033)2337-2217

Water Supply 
Drinking WaterChief Engineer (Water)

Ph no: (033) 2337-0184

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Who is the CEO of KMDA?

The present CEO of the KMDA is Antara Acharya.

When was the KMDA formed?

The KMDA was established in 1970 under a presidential Ordinance and is now governed by the provisions of the West Bengal Town and Country (Planning & Development) Act, 1979.

Are KMC and KMDA the same?

No, the KMC and KMDA are different bodies.


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