West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has signed a MoU with Handong Global University of South Korea during the Bengal Global Business Summit for technical cooperation.
The areas that will be covered under the MoU include green city, renewable energy, e-governance and start ups.
New Town is coming up as a green city. Around 40,000 saplings were planted in connection with Vanmahotsav to increase green cover of the area. Nurseries have been set up to grow tall trees. Also, a floating jetting is coming up on Bagjola canal. Several parks meant for children, senior citizens and even for pets have come up. Steps have been taken to replace the old street lights by LED lights. Green buildings have been given additional FAR as an incentive. Rooftop gardens have been encouraged and organic vegetables are being grown on rooftop. Collaboration with a foreign university will help HIDCO to exchange views to develop new ideas.
HIDCO, Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) have already introduced e-governance and attempts have been made to make the offices paperless ones. Already complaints to the residents are registered online and actions are taken. Rabirashmi Aabasan, a residential housing complex has installed solar power. HIDCO has taken up a project to recycle sewer water. As New Town is coming up as a modern city, exchange of views with different institutions is essential to adapt state of the art methods.