New Town in Kolkata, has received the Gold Certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for Master Plan and Design under the Green Cities Rating. This is another feather in the cap for the emerging residential and commercial hotspot. The Chairman & Managing Director at HIDCO (West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation), Debashis Sen, received the certificate and plaque at the award ceremony. The State Government in Kolkata remains firmly committed towards the development of a greener city overall.
New Town is the first green-rated satellite city in the country and offers a fusion of contemporary and smart technologies with ancient architectural concepts and principles as per HIDCO. New Town is already a preferred destination for several corporates, MNCs and other national companies who are setting up office campuses and employee housing projects in the area. New Town also offers ample scope in terms of futuristic concepts for green building and new technologies.
Some of the key features in New Town which impressed the IGBC include electric buses, advanced machines for solid waste management and cleaning roads, app-based cycles on offer for the whole city, solar PV for canals and ample open and green spaces for the general public. The added FAR incentive that is being offered for New Town by the State Government has played a vital role in boosting the proliferation of green buildings in New Town and throughout the State. New Town is also one of the biggest residential real estate hotspots in Kolkata at present on account of the mushrooming commercial, IT and corporate sectors here along with rapid development of social infrastructure including hospitals, educational institutions, entertainment and recreational zones and also improvements in connectivity.
There is proximity to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Sector-V and Salt Lake as well. Some of the top residential projects being developed in New Town include Swan Court, Gurukul Grande and Mani Casa to name a few.