Collector rates of illegal colonies in Bhopal to be hiked
January 18, 2017

In their attempt to increase revenue, the Bhopal authorities have decided to focus on the illegal colonies in the city. These are expected to witness a hike in collector rates soon. The aim is to recover from the loss suffered after the demonetisation of higher currency notes announced in November 2016. The administration has recently commenced its annual survey of properties to revise rates. Officials share that about 300 locations on the city’s outskirts have… Read More

NHAI expected to take over Ring Road project in Jaipur
January 17, 2017

The stuck Ring Road project in Jaipur is expected to be handed over to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for completion. Annoyed with constant delays, the state government has decided to end the agreement with the present developer after receiving an assurance of support from the Centre. Under the supervision of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, the committee has decided to appoint NHAI to construct the long-delayed 47 km project. However, as per an… Read More

Railways to offer prime land in Ajmer on lease to allow development
January 17, 2017

Aiming to increase its revenue, Indian Railways is planning to lease its land in Ajmer for the development of multi-use complexes and hotels. The Railways will use the revenue generated from such projects to increase the facilities offered to its passengers. Most of the prime land in Ajmer is owned by Indian Railways. Rakesh Goyal, Vice-Chairman, Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA), along with Puneet Chawala, Divisional Railway Manager, recently inspected some locations in the city… Read More

Patna Smart City plan to focus on solar energy and riverfront development
January 15, 2017

The final plan for Patna Smart City project is likely to focus on the development of the riverfront, greater use of solar energy, and improvement of facilities around railway stations. The authorities intend to install solar panels in at least 20 government buildings to promote the use of clean energy sources. This has been decided at a recent meeting headed by Abhishek Singh, Commissioner, Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC). About 1.81 crore citizens had participated in… Read More

Jaipur to monitor its smart city infrastructure digitally
January 10, 2017

Jaipur will soon become India’s and South Asia’s first city to monitor and operate smart city infrastructure using a single network. To fulfill this dream, the state government, in partnership with Cisco, has developed a network operating centre (NOC) at the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) headquarters, which is set to be inaugurated by Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan. The inauguration ceremony will also enjoy the presence of John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco. The Centre will… Read More

Rajasthan anticipates smart city projects worth Rs 265 crore to be completed by June
January 9, 2017

Rajasthan government expects to complete several ongoing smart city projects in four cities before June 25. The state government is spending about Rs 6,729 for the development works in Ajmer, Kota, Udaipur, and Jaipur, of which Rs 265 worth of projects will be finished in a few months. As per the Local Self Government department, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota, and Ajmer will get Rs 2,401 crore, Rs 1,221 crore, Rs 1,456 crore, and Rs 1,948 crore,… Read More

Agra Municipal Corporation designates dumping spots for construction debris
January 9, 2017

Following the instructions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) has earmarked 12 spots across the city where construction waste can be legally dumped. Anybody found dumping construction debris anywhere other than the designated areas will have to face strict action. Agra records an average of 15,00,000 tonnes of debris being dumped per day. Worried by the rising pollution levels, NGT had ordered the Agra civic body to keep a check… Read More

Survey for expansion of Coimbatore airport commences
January 9, 2017

After the unsuccessful discussion regarding the land acquisition for the expansion of Coimbatore airport, the authorities have started another survey for the process. The department responsible for acquiring land for the airport expansion project will carry out a fresh survey of the earmarked land and send the results to the commissioner of land administration in Chennai. The commissioner will then handle the price negotiations with the land owners. Officials shared that the survey of about… Read More

Nagpur civic body to ease tax on big buildings
January 4, 2017

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has written to the state government with a proposal to ease the big building tax in Nagpur currently charged at 10 percent. Once approved, this decision will benefit all the property holders across the city. Girish Deshmukh, Chairman, tax consultative committee, shared that since 1979, the 10 percent big building tax is being levied on properties measuring 150 sq m and above or those whose minimum annual letting value is Rs… Read More

Ranchi houses to soon have 15-digit unique numbers
January 3, 2017

House numbers across Ranchi are soon going to be replaced with unique identification numbers (UID). Each house under the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) will get a 15-digit UID, which will be issued by the civic body by the end of February 2017 after the self-assessment of properties. Following the self-assessment, which will help the municipality prepare a complete database of houses under the RMC area, a UID number will be given to every house. The… Read More

Pimpri Chinchwad joins the Smart Cities Mission
January 2, 2017

In a surprising move, Pimpri Chinchwad has been clubbed with Pune in the smart city proposal prepared by the state government and the same has been approved by the urban development ministry. The city is likely to get Rs 1,000 crore for its projects under the scheme. Pune is among the 10 cities from Maharashtra that have made it into the Smart Cities list. The other cities include Nashik, Greater Mumbai, Aurangabad, Thane, Amravati, Navi… Read More

Coimbatore to commence work on 10 smart city projects by January 2017
December 27, 2016

The Coimbatore Corporation officials recently confirmed that tenders for 10 projects under Centre’s Smart Cities Mission would be invited by January 2017. The city corporation commissioner and project engineers recently attended a video conference with the officers of the ministry of urban development to list out and discuss the various developments (such as setting up of transaction advisor for the lake development projects and the non-motorised corridor). The corporation will soon call for tenders for… Read More

Dehradun authority amends construction byelaws for cantonment areas
December 26, 2016

Dehradun’s Garhi Cantonment Board has proposed amendments for its rules that govern construction in cantonment premises. The proposed changes in the construction byelaws include provisions for solar power, rainwater harvesting, and drainage, among other things. Jakir Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, Garhi Cantonment Board, explained that the existing guidelines have been unable to address the problems faced by the cantonment areas. Hussain added that Dehradun will soon turn into a smart city and the new provisions… Read More

Tirunelveli administration completes 1,600 units in affordable housing project
December 22, 2016

The Tirunelveli district administration has revealed that the construction of the housing project near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu is progressing smoothly. The project will soon receive funds worth Rs three crore from the state government. Under the ambitious affordable housing project, the Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned 10,000 houses to villagers living near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Each house developed under the project measures 300 sq ft and costs around… Read More

Jodhpur gets 14 infrastructure projects worth Rs 762 crore
December 21, 2016

Rajasthan’s chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, recently inaugurated 14 infrastructure projects in Jodhpur. The projects are expected to involve a cost of Rs 762 crore and aim to enhance Jodhpur’s image as a heritage city. The new projects include three water projects in Phalodi which were inaugurated remotely and three housing projects which will offer 7,580 units for the economically weaker sections. Raje also laid the foundation stone for a sewerage project which will be executed… Read More

Nashik properties to undergo fresh survey after a gap of 16 years
December 18, 2016

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has announced a fresh survey of properties in its jurisdiction. The last survey had been carried out 16 years ago. A Delhi-based firm, Geoinfosys Technologies, has been appointed for conducting the survey. The firm recently carried out a training session for NMC officials as well. The survey will involve the firm taking photographs of all the properties and measuring their areas. This will help identify non-assessed properties and any change… Read More

Bihar authorities to act against unauthorised use of residential properties
December 18, 2016

Bihar government is planning to toughen its stance against illegal commercial use of residential properties. The urban development department is expected to conduct a survey of such properties owned by Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB), urban local bodies, and other agencies. This decision has been prompted by the Patna High Court’s order asking the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to look into the issue of rampant commercialisation of residential properties. Urban development minister Maheshwar Hazari commented… Read More

Assam government to work on affordable housing model
December 17, 2016

Assam government will soon work on an affordable housing model for the state, taking the local climatic conditions into consideration. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Education Minister, said that the government is working on a new mission to discover an effective affordable housing model for providing housing to 1.3 crore people across the state who do not have proper shelters and basic amenities. While launching an international collaborative project between Assam Engineering College (AEC) and the University… Read More

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