Haryana to have Science City in Sonepat
February 23, 2017

Much to the delight of the citizens, Haryana will soon have a Science City in Sonepat. The finance department of Haryana government has approved the project, which will be set up at a tentative cost of Rs 200 crore. The state government has also approached the Union Ministry of Culture to seek Centre-State cost-sharing sanction for the ambitious project. Since the National Capital Region (NCR) does not have any Science City in its vicinity, the… Read More

Coimbatore Corporation buildings aim for 40% reduction in energy consumption
February 20, 2017

The Coimbatore City Corporation (CCC) intends to reduce the energy consumption of its buildings by 40 percent in an attempt to turn them into green structures. K Vijayakarthikeyan, Commissioner, CCC, explained that a green building does not just mean setting up a rain water harvesting system and solar panels. It is important to follow the standards set by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and integrate technology in order to reduce energy consumption. He added that even… Read More

Jaipur authority revises green corridor in Master Plan
February 20, 2017

The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has decided to revise the green corridor marked in the city’s Master Development Plan (MDP) 2025. The Master Plan 2025 had mentioned the stretch between Todi Mod and the JDA region on either side of the national highway as the green corridor. This was in contradiction with the 2011 master plan, where the green corridor was proposed between Harmara Mod and the JDA region. The Building Planning Committee (BPC) has decided to… Read More

Jaipur relaxes rural development norms to allow third party constructions
February 19, 2017

The Jaipur rural development department has decided to take a relaxed stance regarding third parties executing construction on behalf of beneficiaries. This move has been prompted by the poor performance of the city in constructing homes under the Mukhyamantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana. The current provision states that the owners of sanctioned units have the first right to construct their homes and qualify as daily wage labourers up to a period of 90 days. The funds… Read More

Andhra Pradesh to get new urban development authorities
February 19, 2017

Five cities in Andhra Pradesh, including Kurnool, Hindupur, Kakinada, Anantapur, and Rajahmundry will soon witness the formation of dedicated urban development authorities with the state cabinet approving the proposal. While Rajahmundry and Kakinada will be under the Godavari Urban Development Authority, Kurnool, Hindupur, and Anantapur will get separate authorities. With this announcement, the total number of urban development authorities in 13 districts will reach nine. P Narayana, Andhra Pradesh’s Municipal Administration Minister, stated that these… Read More

Nagpur Metro rail overcomes last land acquisition hurdle
February 18, 2017

Mahametro, earlier Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (NMRCL), recently got the possession of Central Jail land, which was crucial for beginning construction work on Rahate Colony metro station. With the agency getting possession of 15,326 sq m land inside the jail, no more government land is needed for the construction of Mihan depot-Sitabuldi stretch of the metro project. Officials share that Mahametro will need permission from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to chop trees in… Read More

Bihar government to finalise RERA rules by March 2017
February 18, 2017

Sticking to the deadline set by the Centre, the Bihar government is expected to conclude the preparation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016, rules by March 2017. This has been confirmed by Maheshwar Hazari, Urban Development and Housing Department Minister, Bihar. Notified by the Centre in March 2016, RERA needs to be implemented by the state governments (with or without changes) within six months. In fact, the states had been asked… Read More

Hubbali-Dharwad city area to be expanded by 22,000 hectares by 2021
February 17, 2017

With the population of Hubbali-Dharwad expected to hit 22 lakh by 2031, the Hubballi-Dharwad Urban Development Authority (HDUDA) intends to expand the area under its jurisdiction by 22,000 hectares in the next 14 years. Vivek Karekar, member, Town Planning department, averred that the city's population as per the 2011 census is 9.43 lakh and the proposed area expansion has been based on anticipated projection of 100 persons per hectare. The Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), a master… Read More

Indore’s affordable housing segment may receive a major push
February 14, 2017

As a result of the announcements in the Union Budget 2017, the share of affordable housing in the total property sales is projected to mature by over 10 percent next fiscal year, transforming Indore’s investor-centric market to an end user driven market. According to many real estate developers in the city, the realty market is expected to change from luxury-centric to the affordable housing market in years to come. Vijay Gandhi, President, Confederation of Real… Read More

Belagavi’s eco-friendly buildings to get 10% relief in property tax
February 11, 2017

Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) has announced its plan to offer 10 percent rebate in property tax to environment-friendly buildings in the city. The civic body took this decision to encourage constructions that are not hazardous to the environment. While presenting the annual budget for 2017-18, BCC announced that freedom fighters will also be offered 10 percent discount in property tax. Ratan Masekar, chairman of the standing committee for taxation, said that he expects Rs 1… Read More

Amaravati to get Rs 2,000 crore raised via infra bonds
February 11, 2017

After mobilising over 35,000 acres of land through an innovative land pooling model, the Andhra Pradesh government is all set to raise Rs 2,000 crore. This will be done through an issue of infrastructure bonds for the development of its new capital city, Amaravati. The state government has estimated a cost of Rs 31,000 crore for the first phase of the ambitious project. Apart from seeking Centre’s financial help, the state government is in the… Read More

Jharkhand government to ease land rules for industries
February 9, 2017

In a bid to attract investors and industrialists to set up their operations in Jharkhand, the state government is considering changing the land lease rules. In this regard, the land revenue and industries departments have collaborated to formulate a plan which will help in conquering the obstacles pertaining to the land allotment for industrial expansion. The state has planned to do away with the earlier process of leasing the land and instead allow permanent transfer… Read More

AAI seeks limit on high-rise buildings near Jaipur Airport
February 9, 2017

To curb the rampant construction of high-rise and other structures in close proximity to the Jaipur airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has sent a letter to the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA). AAI has asked JDA to put a limit on the construction of high-rises within 500 m of the Jaipur airport. The Authority will now be making changes in their building byelaws and will send it to the state government for final assent. … Read More

Kolhapur civic body to take action against 1,200 property tax defaulters
February 7, 2017

The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has recently disclosed that it will issue a final notice to property tax defaulters in the city. The notices will be issued to 1,200 property owners who have dues of more than Rs 5 lakh. In an attempt to collect dues, the civic body is offering 50 percent concession on the payments made between February 1 and March 31, 2017. While there are a few defaulters with due amounts more… Read More

Jaipur to reduce expenditure on Smart City project
February 7, 2017

The final draft of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation’s (JMC) budget for 2017-2018 will soon be tabled in front of the state government. The budget worth Rs 1,715 crore is Rs 350 crore higher than the budget for the financial year 2016-2017. Focusing more on the conservation of heritage, JMC has reduced the allocation for the Smart City project from Rs 50 crore to Rs 20 crore in the new budget. For the conservation of heritage,… Read More

Panvel corporation to offer incentive for effective waste management
February 6, 2017

Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) plans to offer about two to three percent discount on property tax in an attempt to promote proper waste management by residential and commercial societies in the city. The incentive aims at ensuring that the wet waste, which contributes to about 50 percent of the daily garbage generation, gets scientifically segregated and disposed of. Sudhakar Shinde, Commissioner, PCMC, shared that this step will help reduce the cost of transporting garbage by… Read More

Bhopal Development Authority to ease property purchase for senior citizens
January 29, 2017

In an attempt to facilitate property purchase for the elderly, the Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) is collaborating with LIC Housing Finance (LICHFL). This facility will be made available to people 60 years of age or above and will motivate property ownership after the age of retirement. Currently, LIC offers this facility in Bangalore and Chandigarh. This decision was taken by the board of directors of BDA, who met to address the issue of housing for the Bhopal’s… Read More

Chandigarh Housing Board to develop projects in Himachal Pradesh
January 29, 2017

Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) plans to develop housing projects in Mullanpur and Kandaghat in Himachal Pradesh. The decision to develop real estate outside Chandigarh has been prompted by the limited scope of expansion due to vertical restrictions and land scarcity in the city. Maninder Singh, Chairman, CHB, shared that Chandigarh has a finite area of 114 sq km. Meanwhile, the absence of restrictive conditions makes its feasible for CHB to offer affordable housing in Himachal Pradesh. Singh clarified that the… Read More

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