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New Town, a satellite city of Kolkata, is emerging as a promising destination for investors and home buyers. This city enjoys proximity to Kolkata and is witnessing infrastructure development, with an upcoming metro line set to boost its connectivity. In recent years, New Town has also witnessed a transformation, thanks to the efforts of the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) in leading eco-friendly initiatives for the city.
The NKDA is responsible for undertaking planned development and providing civic services for the residents in New Town. Before the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Act, 2016, the NKDA served as the local civic body and was later entrusted with the functions of a municipality, including the collection of NKDA property tax.
What is NKDA in West Bengal?
NKDA full form is New Town Kolkata Development Authority. It is a development authority responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating development activities in the satellite city of New Town. The NKDA was established under The New Town Kolkata Development Authority Act, 2007, for providing a number of civic services and amenities within New Town and it came into effect from November 2008.
What is New Town Kolkata?
New Town is a rapidly-developing city situated on the eastern outskirts of Kolkata. It is emerging as the new central business district and a favourable residential destination for home seekers and the migrant population.
New Town provides ample property options for home buyers, including ready-to-move-in apartments and under-construction properties. The average price of a 1BHK home in New Town can range from Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 50 lakhs and above, depending on the project, location, and other factors. Similarly, the price of 2BHK apartments can range from Rs 35 lakhs to Rs 60 lakhs and above and may vary on the basis of the project, location, etc.
In terms of connectivity, the city’s infrastructure is fast developing. With the upcoming New Garia-Airport Metro line, the connectivity in this location is likely to see tremendous improvement. Currently, the transportation facilities include buses, taxis and rickshaw services. There are many healthcare facilities, schools, and shopping malls.
Also read all about the Kolkata Metro East West corridor
What is NKDA area?
The city of New Town spans over area of 30 sq kilometres. The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has divided New Town into four areas – viz., Action Area I, Action Area II, Action Area III and Action Area IV. The development for Action Area IV is yet to begin.
Functions of the NKDA
The NKDA is responsible for the city’s development-related activities, including the provision of infrastructure, housing and civic amenities for the people and for rendering services such as online property tax payment.
As per the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Act, 2016, the Authority was given the powers to assess and levy property tax on land and buildings within New Town.
The functions undertaken and civic services provided by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) include:
- Provision of water supply in the area, permit connection to houses and lands and overseeing construction of water works.
- Solid waste management involving the collection and disposal of solid waste from housing societies, commercial establishments, etc. and sewage treatment-related works.
- Maintenance of roads and street lighting, setting up of community toilets and other public works.
- Maintenance of parks and gardens and beautification of the township through setting up fountains, plantation, recreational areas and landscaping.
- Installation of traffic signals and other similar facilities for ensuring public safety and easy movement of traffic.
- Handling various responsibilities in the sphere of town planning and development.
New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) property tax online payment
Residents can now avail of the online service for assessment of their property and payment of NKDA property tax from the official site.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
Step 1: On the NKDA website, click on ‘Assessment and Payment of Property Tax’.
Step 2: You will be directed to the e-District login page. Enter the user ID and password.
Step 3: Select ‘Payment of Property tax at NKDA’ from the services.
Step 4: Submit the assessment number and choose the online payment mode.
Step 5: Fill in and check the details for the application. Then, click on ‘Save’.
Step 6: Select the online payment mode and make the payment.
Step 7: You will receive the e-receipt of the property tax.
Online services available on NKDA Website
Citizens can access the NKDA official website and apply for the following services:
- Record of title (mutation).
- Building plan sanction by NKDA.
- Water connection.
- Registration of birth and death.
- New/renewal of trade license.
- Occupancy certificate or partial occupancy certificate.
- Self-assessment and payment of property tax.
How to download NKDA mutation certificate?
The website nkdamar.org allows a person to apply for the issuance of the Record of Title (Mutation) by NKDA. The applicant (citizen, CSC, or kiosk operator) can also download the certificate through this online facility.
Here are the steps to get the mutation certificate:
Step 1: Log in to the website. On the home page, click on ‘Approved Application’.
Step 2: The ‘List of Approved Applications’ page will appear. Select the service name.
Step 3: After selecting the service name ‘Issuance of Record of Title (Mutation) by NKDA’, click on the search button. The list of approved applications for the service appears on the screen.
Step 4: Click on the icon ‘Certificate’ for the particular application, to download the ‘Issuance of Record of Title (Mutation) by NKDA’.
NKDA: Facts and latest updates
The NKDA, along with the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), has been steering numerous initiatives for making New Town into an eco-friendly, sustainable township. In 2015, The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) set up the country’s first-of-its-kind floating solar panel, jointly with Arka-Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy, headed by an expert, SP Gon Chaudhuri.
Recently, the NKDA started a project to install a 1,000 KW solar power plant over Bagjola canal in the city. It is expected to be completed in a year. The Authority has been making efforts to install numerous solar panels, comprising of solar street lights and rooftop solar panels in New Town, for promoting the use of renewable energy in the township.
In 2020, New Town was awarded the Green Cities Platinum Certification by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), formed as a part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
What is the full form of HIDCO?
The West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (WBHIDCO) is also known as HIDCO.
Is New Town and Rajarhat same?
Rajarhat is a locality situated near Kolkata. New Town was developed into an integrated city from two villages - Rajarhat and Bhangar, by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO).
What is a mutation certificate?
Mutation certificate is a document required during the sale or transfer of property. It enables the new property owner to record his/her name in the land revenue department records and apply for utility connection.