NHAI grants National Highway status to Dwarka Expressway
June 22, 2017

After being pending for over a year, the 28 km long Dwarka Expressway, extending from Shiv Murti in Delhi to Kherki Daula in Gurgaon, has finally been granted national highway (NH) status by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). With this, the Authority has also set the speed limit of 80 kmph on the expressway. The NH status request was first made by Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, in 2016 at the Global… Read More

Delhi government to upgrade Ghitorni with smart city features
June 21, 2017

A total of 240 acre land in Ghitorni in Delhi will be soon converted into greenfield city with smart city amenities. The project is expected to cost over Rs 15,000 crore. Delhi government has announced that the project will be co-developed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC). The urban development secretary Rajiv Gauba recently met with senior officials of CPWD and NBCC to discuss the project, which… Read More

Solar panels mandatory to obtain OC, NOC for buildings on 500 sq m plots in Haryana
June 19, 2017

A few years ago, Haryana government had made it mandatory for buildings constructed on 500 sq m plots to have rooftop solar panels. However, till February 2017, only four government buildings have installed solar units on their rooftops. In an attempt to enforce this rule, the state has decided to take strict action. All authorities in the state have been asked to appoint nodal officers to ensure the implementation of this directive in all buildings… Read More

Gurgaon malls not ready to handle emergencies
June 18, 2017

A report by the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has stated that 24 out of 30 the malls in Gurgaon have encroached upon the open space and basement area requirements. This compromised on the safety of visitors and makes them ill-equipped to handle emergencies such as fires and earthquakes. The report revealed that most of the malls are utilising the open space entry and exit points, basements, escalators, and common areas for commercial… Read More

Noida Authority may reduce land allotment rates
June 15, 2017

The Noida Authority is considering revising its land allotment rates as a committee has been put in place to study if rates can be reduced to enhance viability of land purchase in Noida. The committee comprises the deputy Chief Executive Officer, financial controller, and chief legal officer of Noida Authority, along with officials from the property and land department. The move is in response to a few observations made in an Authority board meeting, held… Read More

No separate green nod needed for Delhi projects up to 1.5 lakh sq m
June 14, 2017

Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has announced that construction projects in Delhi with built up area up to 1.5 lakh sq m will not require approval from the environment ministry. This is in keeping with a notification by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The new notification states that green approvals for such projects will be integrated with the building permissions. This means that local authorities such as Delhi Development Authority, New Delhi… Read More

NGT summons Haryana government regarding construction in Aravallis
June 13, 2017

An objection raised against apartments located in the Aravalli area has prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to reach out to the Centre and the Haryana government. In a response to a plea seeking the demolition of apartments located in the eco-sensitive mountain range, the NGT has issued notices to the Environment Ministry, Delhi and Haryana governments, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), and the apartment builder seeking their explanations on the development before July… Read More

Haryana offers extra FAR for solar and waste plants
June 13, 2017

Builders in Haryana can avail additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR) if they install solar photovoltaic power plants (SPPP) and solid waste management plants (SWMP) in private colonies. The state’s Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has finalised the procedure under the Haryana Building Code, 2017, which has a provision for granting additional FAR for installations of SPPPs and SWMPs. To avail the additional FAR, the developer will have to submit a Joint Venture (JV)… Read More

Delhi to get a tunnel from Lodhi Road to NH24 to ease traffic
June 13, 2017

Considering that the traffic volume will increase in the national capital after completion of the National Highway (NH) 24 widening work next year, the Delhi government has decided to revive the 2.5km long tunnel proposed between NH24 and Lodhi Road. The government’s Public Works Department (PDW) has sent the proposal to the National Monuments Authority (NMA) for approval as many protected monuments in the city are falling on the proposed alignment. Currently, there are two… Read More

Yamuna Expressway authority focuses on land acquisition, infrastructure in latest budget
June 12, 2017

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Authority (YEIDA) has decided to spend a major part of its budget for 2017-18 on land acquisition, infrastructure, and rural development. Unlike Noida and Greater Noida authorities, YEIDA has hiked its annual budget by Rs 128 crore. It should be noted that the total allocation in YEIDA’s last budget was Rs 4028.86 crore which has been increased to Rs 4,156.13 crore this year. The authority has allocated Rs 1,472 crore for… Read More

Rail overbridge on NPR in Gurgaon faces inauguration delay
June 10, 2017

The rail overbridge (RoB) on the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) at Basai, Gurgoan, is yet to be inaugurated. As the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is unavailable for its inauguration, the project has missed its deadline twice. During his visit to Gurgaon, Khattar had inspected the RoB and expressed his desire to inaugurate it by May 15, 2017. However, due to the Chief Minister’s unavailability, the nodal agency for the RoB, Haryana Urban Development Authority… Read More

Greater Noida Authority to encourage industrial development in the region
June 8, 2017

In its 108th board meeting, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) approved a fiscal budget of Rs 6,443.05 crore for the year 2017-18. Of the approved amount, the authority has decided to spend Rs 1,100 crore as hiked compensation to farmers who have given up their land for urbanization projects. Last year, the Authority had approved a budget of Rs 7,074 crore. While GNIDA has kept aside Rs 114 crore for rural development in… Read More

Greater Noida Authority to incentivise allottees with highest down payment
June 8, 2017

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is likely to propose a new scheme for allottees wherein those making highest down payments will receive sops. With GNIDA besieged by fund shortage, this scheme is intended to promote higher down payments by the land allottees. If successful, this scheme ensure a continuous flow of income to the Authority which is yet to recover dues from builders. Under the existing system, an allottee buying a property from… Read More

Threat of water scarcity looms large in Gurgaon
June 8, 2017

Official data states that Gurgaon’s groundwater table has plummeted 16 m in 10 years, falling from from 18.77 m below ground level in 2005 to 34.84 m in 2015. A large portion of the blame is on illegal water extraction being carried out by developers for construction activities. A conservative estimate puts the volume of water drawn out illegally at four crore litres. This is despite the 2012 high court order prohibiting water extraction via… Read More

Dilshad Garden-New Bus Stand metro route in Ghaziabad to miss its deadline
June 6, 2017

Struggling with shortage of funds and delays in land acquisition, the 9.41 km long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Stand metro route in Ghaziabad might not be able to meet its March 2018 deadline. While the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is confident about the deadline, experts are not entirely convinced. According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, 80 percent of civil works for the metro project has been completed. While 350 out of the total 400… Read More

Haryana cabinet gives nod to the formation of a new development authority
June 5, 2017

The Haryana cabinet has approved the Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) Ordinance, 2017, which paves way for the formation of the new authority. The aim of the ordinance is to develop a vision for the growth of the Gurgaon metropolitan area. It will focus on sustainable quality of life and reasonable standard of living in the region through job creation. The Chief Minister will hold the position of the chairperson of the authority. The state… Read More

HUDA seeks additional land for Central Peripheral Road
June 3, 2017

In order to successfully complete the construction of the Central Peripheral Road (CPR), the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is seeking additional land. After starting cross-section planning, the development authority found that 440 KV high-tension electric towers are in the way of the CPR’s proposed alignment. CPR is an eight-lane arterial road which will connect the upcoming Dwarka Expressway with National Highway 8 (NH8). HUDA has already submitted a proposal to the Haryana State Industrial… Read More

Gurgaon civic body commences preparations for monsoon
June 1, 2017

Gurgaon residents can rejoice as the authorities are striving to ensure that the city does not face waterlogging and subsequent traffic congestion on the roads this monsoon. Officials of the newly formed Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) have announced that water harvesting systems, sewage passages, and drainage systems are being cleaned out in Sectors 31, 15, 21, 23-A, 10-A, 17-A, 46, and 14 of the millennium city, in preparation for the monsoons. MCG, which has… Read More

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