o get your building plan sanctioned in New Town, you will soon have to plant at least one tree for every cottah of your plot. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has decided to make it mandatory for owners of plots measuring more than 8 square metres (1.19 cottah).
“The authorities have already initiated the process of amending Rule 9 of the New Town Kolkata (Building) Rules, 2009,” said an NKDA official.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has recently come up with a decision that for plots measuring over 500 square metres (7.47 cottah), the plot-holder has to reserve 10% of the total area for developing greenery.
Explaning the reason behind the move, NKDA officials said that in most cases, trees on a plot of land are cut off to make way for the building. “Our main objective is to protect the green cover as more and more residential and commercial complexes are coming up in the township,” said an NKDA official.
“Suppose somebody owns a 4-cottah plot in New Town. Now, he will have to keep the provision of planting four trees in the building plan,” said an official.
Welcoming the move, green activist Subhas Dutta said: “It needs to be specified as to what kind of trees will be planted. Also, it should be ensured that the plot-holder or developer does not get the completion certificate unless the trees are planted.”
Source: Times of India