- The Development Authority of Kolkata
Kolkata is today at point of large scale economic rejuvenation
and to help in a multitude of developmental challenges for
the future are the planners or the development authority of
the city - KMDA. It is the statutory planning and development
authority for the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) and is mainly
involved in planning, promoting and developing the KMA. Given
that the KMA covers an area of 1,785 sq. km. and a population
of around 14 million, plan implementation has been a massive
task. KMDA has a competent multi disciplinary team, comprising
of engineers, planners, social scientists etc. who are responsible
for crafting the city's urban regeneration and providing a
quality enriching living environment.
KMDA plays a multi disciplinary role which involves:
- City planning
- Sculpting new areas and townships
- Developing physical infrastructure like roads as well
as providing basic services like water supply, drainage,
waste management and sanitation
- KMDA is also the Technical Secretariat to Kolkata Metropolitan
Planning Committee (KMPC)
- Preparation of perspective and master plans and formulation
and execution of project proposals, besides carrying out
land use and development control functions.
- Health care and employment generation among urban poor
KMDA has made strategic planning for Metropolitan Development
(1900- 2015) for both overall and sectoral development where
major projects along with preliminary cost estimates were
provided. This Plan later formed the basis of the Kolkata
Megacity Program which is now under implementation. KMDA has
also finalized a perspective plan for 25 years titled 'VISION-2025'
where a Master plan for 25 years for traffic and transportation,
water supply, drainage, sewerage and sanitation has been drafted.
KMDA is also a housing development authority which undertakes
housing development through out Kolkata. It provides houses
to different strata of classes according to their need and
budget. In the last five years, it has completed 10 housing
projects worth Rs 140.61 Crore and work on 8 projects is in
KMDA has also developed commercial
complexes in Kolkata at Sealdah, South End Conclave and
Barrackpur; and work on commercial complex at Salt Lake is
in progress. It has also been taken up specialized projects
like the India Population Project, Kolkata Slum Improvement
Programme and Ganga Action Plan to name a few.
The KMDA has in its 30 years put in a noble effort to upgrade
the existing infrastructure and in providing newer urban infrastructure
and services to the changing infrastructure of Kolkata.
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