The West Bengal government is planning a new township named ‘Gitabitan’, between Santiniketan and Bolpur, with all modern facilities for individuals to live close to Tagore’s dream village Sriniketan, the state’s Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Firhad Hakim announced. The township will be very close to the proposed Webel IT Hub by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), with assistance from Sriniketan Santiniketan Development Authority (SSDA) under Birbhum district, he said.
Those having purchased land, will get the sanctioned plan fast, without facing the hassles of making trips to the local panchayat-municipalty office, he said, adding that the houses will retain the features of the area and conform to the heritage of the place. The minister further announced the facilitating of online applications for land for individuals in New Town through ICICI, as part of the government’s vision to make it a world-class city. A total of 75 plots, ranging from two to four cottah, would be allotted through lottery system and another 25 plots, primarily for setting up cooperative flats which are larger in size (five to six cottahs) would be allotted through e-auction. Hakim assured that those not having featured in the lottery draw, will receive a refund of their money by HIDCO.
The minister asked those keeping vacant plots at New Town after purchasing from HIDCO, to either utilise the same or give it back to HIDCO so that others may avail of the land. On lines of Rajasthan’s Chokhi Dhani, similar zones will come up in the townships to help people to connect with ethnic culture and heritage of the country, he said.
Hakim also announced plans for a world-class convention centre, in New Town area by July, 2017. The convention centre will be aimed at global business travellers and will be a cross between the Vigyan Bhaban and India Habitat Centre, Hakim informed.