City Beat: Residents Of Kolkata's Salt Lake Can Now Transfer Leasehold Property [Video]
In a piece of good news for the residents of Kolkata's Salt Lake, authorities will once again allow the transfer of leasehold properties in the area. It is to be noted that plots in the area are allotted on a lease of 999 years and transferring them was illegal till 2012. Due to the loss of revenues that the state incurred owing to the ban, the state in 2012 lifted it and imposed a fee on this. Later, the Calcutta High Court imposed a stay order on the state government's decision.
In another development, the National Green Tribunal has asked the state government to furnish details about the amount of waste and sewage water being released in the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW). The order has been issued after activists filed a petition with the NGT. The water shortage, according to petitioners, is affecting the unique organic sewage treatment system and the livelihoods of more than a lakh local fishermen adversely. It is to be noted that Kolkata, on an average, generates 750 million litres of waste water and sewage every day.