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Old October 1st, 2004, 09:26 AM   #61
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Good. Fire is an issue, but the solution, as Ubermensch puts it, is to impose strict fire codes. It can be done if the government is truly committed to it. So good
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Old October 1st, 2004, 09:34 AM   #62
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They were unable to procure the necessary documents and complete the formalities for foreign investment. A decision will be taken soon.

Concerned over the rising number of vehicles in and around the city, the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government has decided to introduce a modern mode of transport to ease the chaos and increase vehicular speed.

The government is in favour of the LRT, as it takes little space to lay the elevated track and will not disrupt traffic services during construction.
LRT is called "Light" for a reason. If there is to be a true solution, then no pain no gain. Go for MRT.

Also, why is it that companies are "unable to complete formalities". So much for cutting red tape...
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Good. Time to get some 40+ story skyscrapers planned for the City of Joy. Fire Dept will catch up. Dont neet to worry too much about them.
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I guess when the huge buildings come up, the fire department will equip itself. Anyway Kolkata needs to house those millions of people. No way but to go up. Thank God something is finally happening in Kolkata.
 
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Kolkata: Association of Hospitals of Eastern India proposes to build "Health" City

The Association of Hospitals of Eastern India (AHEI), an organisation of 12 leading private hospitals in the region, has decided to set up a Health City project in Kolkata metropolitan area. It has chosen Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district for the project. The association has already made a presentation to West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who has asked his colleagues to conduct a feasibility study for the mega project. The state’s health and urban development department is currently carrying out the study.

Health City will have 50,000 beds but will take at least five years to come into being. It will spread across 800 acres with 100-odd hospitals, a hospital management school, ayurveda and naturopathy centres, nursing colleges, shopping malls, guest houses, banks and internet cafes.

The project proposes to house several speciality hospitals and will be a city within the city. According to the scheme of things, AHEI will hold two plots each for their hospitals while the rest of the plots will be given to reputed health institutes and hospitals from the country and abroad. The project entails an investment of Rs 20,000 crore, half of which will be funded by foreign investors. Health City has been modelled as per entities in southern India but on a much bigger scale.

A major focus of Health City will, however, be international patients who have been coming to India in increasing numbers. According to AHEI estimates, as many as 70,000 Bangladeshis, 20,000 Nepalese and another 20,000 people from neighbouring countries come to West Bengal every year. AHEI is eyeing patients from other South East Asian countries, too.

The association has requested the state government for jointly setting up the infrastructure including developing the land, roads, sewerage, drainage and electricity, in the first phase. The hospitals will be built in the second phase with part-financed by the state government.

According to AHEI, the cost of hospital operations will be significantly lower since all the hospitals operating in Health City will outsource activities such as laundry, food services, housekeeping and supplementary power generation.

The Health City will have warehouses of many reputed pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of surgicals, disposables and implants equipment. The onsite warehousing will not only help the companies in selling their wares but will also help the hospitals operating in the Health City reducing inventory costs.

AHEI has assured the state that the cost of medical treatment for local patients will be kept lower than the prices to be charged for international patients. A thoroughly impressed chief minister said, “It is a good proposal. We’re working according to the plan.”
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TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2004 02:31:30 AM ]

KOLKATA: The excitement at is palpable. It's no longer just Chowringhee and Eastern Metropolitan Bypass that are eligible for highrises.

Plots alongside most major city roads are now open for the race to the sky.

The easing of restrictions on highrises has opened the real estate playground to an explosion of opportunity.

While the earlier norms restricted construction to eight storeys, builders can now build as tall as they wish without seeking special permission.

"Shimmering skyscrapers will replace drab, stunted structures. For this metropolis, it's a never-before opportunity to acquire an international character," says architect Jayprakash Agarwal.

Though chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has been trying to convince the world that Kolkata has changed, it has been tough to drive home the point in the absence of tangibles. A city bristling with swanky skyscrapers could do the magic.

"There are exciting times ahead. The waiver of embargo on construction height for projects on roads that are 14.5 metre wide will metamorphose Kolkata," said Pioneer Property Management director Rajkumar Khaitan.

Jugal Khetawat, president of the Bengal chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India and managing director of Rameshwara Group agreed.

"The shift from horizontal to vertical development will ring in the change," he said.

The waiver - prodded by a Calcutta High Court judgment and embraced by mayor Subrata Mukherjee last week - has allowed developers the flight to fancy.

"Don't be surprised if a 20-storey building is developed on Amherst Street or AJC Bose Road," said PS Group director and CREDAI honorary secretary Pradip Chopra.

Merlin Projects MD Sushil Mohta has already rushed to the drawing board, redesigning future projects. "It adds creativity to the work of architects and innovation to builders," he explained.

Home-buyers in Kolkata have already shown willingness to pay a premium to move up in life. In highrises, the average price hike for every three storeys is Rs 25 per sq ft.

Calcutta Metropolitan Group director Sumit Dabriwala, who ushered in variable pricing at the Hiland Park development on EM Bypass, feels the premium is as much for a pie of the sky as for more ventilation and less pollution.

"We'll now have sensible tall buildings and more open space in the city. The earlier guidelines had stifled development and forced horizontal development that led to the creation of a concrete jungle" he said.

But it's not just aesthetics and premium. The new law, said Park Chambers director Pradeep Sureka, would correct imbalances like depleting ground water table due to massive concretisation.
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Are there 14.5m wide roads in Kolkata. The general image painted by papers and tv show it as some kind of a congested city. Though this is a good development. Hight time Kolkata became famous for something other than it's slums and EDEN gardens.
 
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Are there 14.5m wide roads in Kolkata. The general image painted by papers and tv show it as some kind of a congested city. Though this is a good development. Hight time Kolkata became famous for something other than it's slums and EDEN gardens.
Yeah. Kolkata's image is kind of stuck in the rut. But it is not as bad a city as is made out to be by the media.

Maybe Kolkata will get some more media attention for the right reasons:

Impressed Azad sees a New Town in all states
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TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2004 02:30:07 AM ]

KOLKATA: It's hot, it's happening, and it's here. That's Rajarhat New Town. Ask urban development minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

In Kolkata on Monday, the minister was so impressed by New Town that he wants to play up the satellite township as a model for other states to follow.

"This could be really an eye-opener for the neighbouring states," Azad said in a meeting with state housing minister Gautam Deb at the Rajarhat site office.

The minister asked state officials to send a representative to make a presentation on the New Town Project before the chief ministers of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, who will meet in the Capital to attend a meeting on housing on October 28.

"All these states now want to set up satellite townships, 20 years after Rajiv Gandhi mooted the idea. And most of them have been complaining of funds crunch. They should learn from Bengal how to decongest the city without taxing the state coffers. The chief ministers can also come here and see the good work," said Azad.

But what makes the New Town, spread over 3,075 square kilometres, unique?

"First of all, the proposed New Town project isn't a mere township. It will grow into a second city where residents won't have to move out to Kolkata every day for their daily needs. (Some 1.5 million people are expected to stay there.) Secondly, it is close to the airport - and that's something very few satellite townships in the country can boast of," said Gautam Deb.

He didn't ask for monetary support from the Centre. Instead, he urged Azad to take up joint venture construction projects, especially in the proposed Central Business District.

For this, he wants the National Housing Bank to grant soft loans to the tune of Rs 400 crore for infrastructure that the Union ministry had assured for the satellite township.
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More about the rule changes...

Post-Puja building rule bonanza
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The civic authorities said on Sunday that a new set of building rules will come into effect post-Durga puja, offering a bonanza for builders of houses, especially highrises, by way of extra built-up areas.

“The new rules will please everyone,” hoped mayor Subrata Mukherjee. “There will be more saleable space, both in terms of actual living and parking of cars. The city will benefit as a whole because the rules will address the problem of shortage of parking space.”

The rules will create more carpet area — wall-to-wall inside a flat –- by excluding the parking lot and the staircase from the calculation of covered area (plinth area) while determining the floor area ratio (FAR) for sanctioning a building construction plan.

Under the new rules, the FAR will be allowed in proportion to the width of the roads abutting the plots.

Now, the total covered area allowed on a particular plot is limited by the FAR in accordance with the width of the road, and the parking lot and the staircase are included while calculating the covered area.

As a result, a plot-owner has to forego a portion of the carpet area to get a parking space or a wider staircase.

Moreover, the civic authorities will encourage construction of more basement parking lots by offering to keep the basement outside the calculation of the plinth area and by allowing the builder the benefit of an extra floor equal to the area of the basement.

Under the present building rules, there are slabs of road width for the value of FAR. For example, a plot-owner on a four-metre-wide road does not get more covered area than a plot-owner with a three-metre-wide road in front of his premises, since the FAR is all the same for the slab 3-5 metre.

The forthcoming rules will make the FAR proportionate to the width of the road and hence, a plot located on a four-metre-wide road will get proportionately more covered area than a plot abutting a three-metre-wide road.

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FLOOR AREA RATIO: Land area divided by plinth area
CARPET AREA: Wall-to-wall area inside a flat
BUILT-UP AREA: Internal and external walls of a flat and 50 per cent of a partition wall of a neighbouring flat
PLINTH AREA: Carpet area + built up area + proportionately shared areas of common corridor, staircase, ceiling area of the staircase at the topmost floor, lift space, covered space in front of the lift and staircase on the ground floor .
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Wow, awesome!

Maybe Kolkata will look like Shanghai someday soon!

Also, maybe they'll get enough highrises, and Mumbai will get jealous, so they too will start building lots of skyscrapers.

So in 20 years,
Kolkata = Shanghai, and
Mumbai = Hong Kong

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Old October 7th, 2004, 08:58 AM   #73
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Wow, awesome!

Maybe Kolkata will look like Shanghai someday soon!

Also, maybe they'll get enough highrises, and Mumbai will get jealous, so they too will start building lots of skyscrapers.

So in 20 years,
Kolkata = Shanghai, and
Mumbai = Hong Kong

Wishful thinking.. But,
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Wow, awesome!

Maybe Kolkata will look like Shanghai someday soon!

Also, maybe they'll get enough highrises, and Mumbai will get jealous, so they too will start building lots of skyscrapers.

So in 20 years,
Kolkata = Shanghai, and
Mumbai = Hong Kong

Uhmm
I dont want Calcutta or Bombay to be like Shanghai or Hong Kong.

They are both great places (Shanghai/Hong Kong) but Calcutta has its own charm and Bombay its own personality. No need to memic any other city. Development in these two cities will happen keeping their individuality in my mind.
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Kolkata: KMC proposes 50 storey tower

Stung by the non-clearance of his dream "Kolkata Gate" project on ecological grounds, Kolkata's mayor Subrata Mukherjee has now proposed a 50 storey tower to be built on the EM Bypass.

"A group of eminent developers has shown interest in the project. Keeping that in mind, we have decided to call for an expression of interest before the end of this month," Mukherjee said on Thursday.

The Rs 400-crore project will be a joint venture between KMC and the construction firms. The former will provide a 12-acre plot off EM Bypass for the construction of the residential-cum-commercial building.

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Any idea the IT building project shown in this BBC photo, purported to be in Kolkatta?



Looks nice
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Any idea the IT building project shown in this BBC photo, purported to be in Kolkatta?



Looks nice
Yes it is in Kolkata..It's called Millenium City (unimaginative name)

http://www.rungta.com/mc.html





BTW I read the BBC article. It's the same old sterotyping crap complete with the standard cow picture.

The guy found nothing else to photograph? How about the Wipro Centre itself?

The IT complex is in SaltLec where there is no space left because it is full of modern buildings. The new town is empty because it is being built.

For the BBC such pictures don't sell



or



But this one does..



Superiority complex? The same old colonial attitude of telling the natives their place on this planet.

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Yes it is in Kolkata..It's called Millenium City (unimaginative name)

http://www.rungta.com/mc.html





BTW I read the BBC article. It's the same old sterotyping crap complete with the standard cow picture.

The guy found nothing else to photograph? How about the Wipro Centre itself?

The IT complex is in SaltLec where there is no space left because it is full of modern buildings. The new town is empty because it is being built.

For the BBC such pictures don't sell



or



But this one does..



Superiority complex? The same old colonial attitude of telling the natives their place on this planet.
LoL suncity, it is a typical BBC article, i have read it too!!
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Superiority complex? The same old colonial attitude of telling the natives their place on this planet.
I personally think the cow likes the new highway

It's all good Suncity, we will have our day in the sun again!
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