The West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) will allot 100 residential plots in Action Area II B in New Town through e-auction.
There will be no chairman’s quota or special quota and the size of the plots will be between 2.5 Cottah and 5 Cottah.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently.
The plan will be launched in the first week of December and the last date for filing applications will be January end, 2017. Applications would be made entirely online.
There will be a helpdesk manned by WBHIDCO staff and if needed their assistance will be available to fill up the online application forms.
Also, 100 signboards will be put up so that buyers can identify the plots along with their areas. The plots are situated close to Owl More opposite Eco Park.
Twenty-five plots that are slightly bigger in area and meant for people belonging to HIG will be e-auctioned. One e-auction will be taken up every day.
The starting price will be intimated in the e-auction opening page.
The remaining 75 plots meant for MIG and HIC will be allotted through lottery.
There will be plots for individual houses and also for housing cooperatives.
The plots will be leased out for 99 years. WBHIDCO is working on the brochure which will be published soon.
Since inception when housing minister Gautam Deb was chairman of WBHIDCO and Sanjay Mitra, who
later became the chief secretary, its first managing director, there were allegations of corruption and nepotism over allotment of plots through chairman’s quota and special quota.
People did not have any idea how the plots were allotted and for what price.
After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee abolished chairman’s quota and made Debashis Sen, an IAS officer, its chairman.
This was a departure from conventional practice of making politicians chairmen of different corporations. She entrusted Sen with carrying out all-round development of New Town.