Environmentalist and activist Sunita Narain has been instrumental in raising environmental awareness and bringing about sustainable change in India. Honoured with the Padma Shri in 2005, she has chaired the Tiger Task Force, has been a member of the Prime Minister´s Council for Climate Change and the National Ganga River Basin Authority.
West Bengal is likely to witness a huge growth in demand for affordable housing units as a government's task force has suggested revisions in the eligibility criteria for affordable housing schemes. Already the state has an estimated shortage of 12 lakh residential units for economically weaker section and medium income groups.
According to Task Force on Promoting Affordable Housing, affordable housing should be defined by taking into consideration size of dwelling unit based on carpet area, income ceiling of the household and house price to income multiple. The task force has recommended a dwelling unit size of 21 to 27 sq mt of carpet area for Economic Weaker Section (EWS) and 28-60 sq mt carpet area for Lower Income Group (LIG) category.