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Just like other metropolitan cities, Kolkatahas a strong administrative framework that is managed by different government agencies. Kolkata is the headquarters of Kolkata district and is the capital of West Bengal. The Kolkata Collector is authorized for collecting land revenues within Kolkata district, a part of the area within which Kolkata Municipal Corporationfunctions. In those wards that are outside Kolkata district, responsibility of revenue collection lies with the Collector/District Magistrate of South 24 Parganas. From 2011 onwards, Kolkata Police and Kolkata Municipal area have been restructured to be same.
West Bengal State Government
As the administrative seat of Government
of West Bengal and capital of the state, Kolkata not only houses offices
of local government mentioned above, but also for the state government
such as the Secretariat, West Bengal Legislative Assembly, and the
Calcutta High Court. Kolkata also has sessions court for criminal cases,
small causes court for civil matters and lower courts.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation looks after and manages civic infrastructure of 15 boroughs in the city, which encompasses 144 wards. Every ward elects a councilor who is responsible for managing infrastructure and administration in that ward. Each borough also has a committee of councilors through which KMC undertakes critical urban planning and maintains government-aided schools, roads, hospitals, and municipal markets. It is Kolkata’s apex administrative body that discharges functions through the Mayor-in-Council, which encompasses a mayor, deputy mayor and 10 elected members of the corporation. The functions of Kolkata Municipal Corporate include drainage and sewerage, water supply, solid waste management, sanitation, building regulation, and street lighting. The key services of Kolkata Municipal Corporation encompass:
Water supply and purification
Solid waste management
Sewage disposal and treatment
Street cleanliness and garbage disposal
Disease control, including immunization
Maintenance of open spaces and parks
Building and maintaining streets, roads and flyovers
Cemeteries and crematoriums
Public municipal schools
Conservation of heritage sites
Registering births and deaths Street lighting
Currently, All India Trinamool Congress holds the power of Kolkata
Municipal Corporation. An ancillary civic body of KMC includes Kolkata
Metropolitan Development Authority, which is responsible for statutory
planning and development of Kolkata Metropolitan Area.
Address: 5, S.N.Banerjee Road,Kolkata 700 013, India Ph : 91 33 2286-1000 (28 Lines) Website: www.kmcgov.in Click here for the contact details of officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation
Control Room Ph: 91 33 2286-1212/1313/1414 Fax 91 33 2286-1444 Call Centre KMC Working Days Mon-Fri : 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sat : 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Ph : 155360 , 2226-9909 18003453375 (Toll Free)
Kolkata Police Force is responsible for policing metropolitan area of Kolkata as defined under the Calcutta Police Act, 1866 and the Calcutta Suburban Police Act, 1866. Commissioner of Police is the highest administrative officer in KP department. Currently, it has 8 divisions covering 65 police stations. There are 8 battalions of Armed Police and other specialized branches like Detective Department, Special Branch, Traffic Police, Reserve Force, Wireless Branch, Enforcement Branch, and Security Control Organization. Administration of KP is vested on Commissioner of Police.
Address: 18, Lal Bazar St, Lal Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001 Phone:033 2214 3230 EPABX Number: (91-33) 2250-5000 Toll free numbers Dial 100 - for Emergency Dial 1090 - to give any information to police Dial 1073 - for Traffic related issue For details of Kolkata Police, click here
Calcutta High Court
The oldest High Court of India, the Calcutta High Court was established on 1st July, 1862 with jurisdiction over the state of West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The High Court of Kolkata which has a strength of 58 judges has a permanent Circuit Bench in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For more on courts in Kolkata, click here.To get details of the Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court, click here