Howrah is a vibrant district and my association with it has now been for several years since I first came here as superintendent of police. To be now part of the Howrah Improvement Trust (HIT) as Chairman is an honour and an opportunity to work on infrastructure and improvement schemes.

The jurisdiction of the Trust extends to the whole of Howrah district but it primarily concentrates on the town areas. It conceives and implements projects entrusted to it by the government, Howrah Municipal Corporation and other local institutions of the district. The schemes include general improvement schemes, roads or street schemes, bustee improvement schemes, rehousing or rehabilitation schemes, affordable housing schemes, among others. The Trust also takes up infrastructure development like drainage, water supply, water-logging, roads, parks and general beautification schemes.

The Trust works on no profit basis and is provided funds for its approved schemes by the government. It constructed the adjoining roads of 2nd Hooghly River Bridge Project, Howrah, and made constructions for rehabilitation of displaced persons. The Trust provides leasehold property rights on long-term basis. Construction of the Salkia flyover project is in full swing. Acquisition and possession of a part of required land for the rehabilitation work of displaced households, shops and establishments is almost midway. 64 evicted families have already been rehabilitated. HIT has allotted 54.55 acre of land from its possession free of cost to the government of West Bengal for construction of Kolkata Police Academy.

The Trust works under Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department, headed by Shri Firhad Hakim, the Hon'ble MIC of the department. As Chairman, I seek cooperation and ideas from all the institutions, government and non-government, for their support and participation for the benefit of the people of Howrah.

Sultan Singh, IPS. (Retd.)