Adopting Mamata’s colour code will get homeowners tax sop
Jun 14, 2014
Source : The Times of India


KOLKATA: Want a property tax waiver for 2014-15? Paint your house or apartment building white-and-blue. Yes, you've read it right. The proposal, which has mayor Sovan Chatterjee's blessings, was accepted in the mayor-in-council meeting on Monday.

Mamata Banerjee's favourite colour scheme is all set to make it to private dwellings after transforming flyovers, bridges and government buildings across the city. She believes it will lift the city's spirits.

The Kolkata mayor's initiative has a precedent in far off Albania. When Edi Rama became mayor of Tirana in Alabania, he got shabby communist-era buildings painted a vibrant golden orange to give citizens hope for the future. The mayor is eager to take a similar route after Trinamool put an end to Left Front's three-decade rule in Bengal. However, he may find the going a little difficult.

The proposal had come up in an earlier meeting, but hastily dropped on the ground that such a plan is not feasible in a city like Kolkata that has grown organically over the ages. Besides, many thought it was undesirable.

"One should leave matters like the colour of a building to personal choice," architect Dulal Mukherjee said while pointing out that a white-and-blue colour scheme would suit contemporary buildings, but not heritage structures. "Earthen colours suit old buildings. Kolkata has had an organic growth. Altering it will take away the city's flavour," he said.

There have been several instances when KMC officials have met with protests while trying to dress up heritage structures with a coat of the CM's favourite colours. They had to beat a retreat at Bagbazar and restore dramatist Girish Ghosh's house to its original yellow after locals objected.

The tax sop, therefore, is the mayor's way of getting people to adopt the 'official' colour code on their own.

Senior high court lawyer and former mayor Bikash Bhattacharya maintained that tax waiver on such a ground is not permissible under the KMC Act. "It reminds me of Mohammed-bin-Tughlaq's regime. The KMC can forward its proposal to the state government. The government, if it wants, can introduce this, only after passing a Bill in the West Bengal Assembly," Bhattacharya said.

The KMC decision also runs the risk of being construed as an infringement on the right to property. "If I own a house, put it on rent or sell it, I have the sole right to decide the colour to paint my house. The KMC can't discriminate against use of colours and penalize others who don't use it. As a houseowner, I will choose the paint that will make my house look better and add to its longevity," said economist Ajitava Roy Chowdhury.

Latest Realty News

Double taxation for Eastern Metropolitan Bypass land in Kolkata
Jun 14, 2014
KOLKATA: Constructing a house in areas off the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass is set to pinch you more. Apart from paying the building sanction fee to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), you will now have to pay a development fee to the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).
ED conducts searches against real estate firm of West Bengal
May 26, 2014
KOLKATA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today conducted searches at the premises of the Rose Valley group in Kolkata in connection with a money laundering case against the real estate firm for allegedly raising illegal funds.
Bangladeshi realtor dies within hours of liposuction in Kolkata
Apr 11, 2014
KOLKATA: Janab Safiuddin Mahmud, a Bangladeshi real estate developer died in a Kolkata hotel on Thursday just hours after he underwent liposuction at one of south Kolkata's private hospitals.
Murder accused lynched
Apr 05, 2014
KOLKATA: A real estate agent operating from Sodepur area was murdered by two miscreants near his house on Tuesday night.
Brookfield to buy Unitech Corporate Park subsidiary
Apr 05, 2014
MUMBAI: Canada-based global real estate giant Brookfield has offered to acquire Candor Investments, a fully-owned Unitech Corporate Parks (UCP) Plc subsidiary that owns stakes in real estate projects in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Kolkata.
Howrah Municipal Corporation announces partial waiver of property and commercial tax
Mar 06, 2014
HOWRAH: With an eye on boosting revenue, the Howrah Municipal Corporation announced a partial waiver for property and commercial tax on Tuesday. Under the waiver scheme, no penalty or interest need to be paid.
HMC announces partial waiver of property tax
Mar 06, 2014
KOLKATA: With an eye on boosting revenue, the Howrah Municipal Corporation announced a partial waiver for property and commercial tax on March 4. Under the waiver scheme, no penalty or interest need to be paid.
Kolkata forays into residential green-building league
Mar 01, 2014
KOLKATA: The city finally has a couple of environment-friendly residential apartments to feel proud of. The premium projects – Astitva by Primarc and MCK groups and Platinum by Godrej Properties – join the elite league of over 250 such projects countrywide, including a slew of projects in the National Capital Region, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Primarc invests Rs 300 crin Bengal real estates
Feb 28, 2014
KOLKATA: Primarc Group, which runs the ‘Crossword’ franchisee in West Bengal, has invested nearly Rs 300 crore in real estate projects in the State.
Industry bodies laud budget proposals
Feb 18, 2014
KOLKATA: Industrialists and chambers have given a thumbs up to the West Bengal budget for 2014-2015.

Latest Realty News Of State

Realty Talk's