Bihar government approves Affordable Housing Policy 2017
May 22, 2017

In an attempt to help the state’s poor realise their dream of owning homes, Bihar government has approved the ‘Affordable Housing and Slum Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Policy 2017’. The policy will offer housing units at just Rs 2,000 per sq ft. Officials share that the under the new policy, 15 percent of the units in projects over 4,000 sq m constructed by private developers will be reserved for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Groups… Read More

Jammu & Kashmir may include real estate under GST
May 21, 2017

Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is likely to become the first state in the country to include real estate under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). While the implementation of GST has already been approved by Centre and other states, the special position of Jammu & Kashmir under the Indian constitution means that it will have to enact its own GST laws. J&K finance minister Haseeb Drabu commented that he would move the required legislation in J&K… Read More

Goa launches online platform for property mutation, registration
May 21, 2017

Goa government has launched an online platform that will allow e-registrations and mutations. Officials share that the platform named ‘Goa Government Services Portal and Integration of Property Registration with Mutation’ will bring in transparency in the process and ensure that the mutation process is completed within 90 days. Other services offered by the integrated e-governance portal include issuance of caste certificate, residence certificate, income certificate, land conversion, partition of land, sound permission, and domicile certificate. It… Read More

Madhya Pradesh announces lower penalty for regularising illegal constructions
May 16, 2017

In order to promote the regularisation of over a lakh illegal constructions in the state capital, Madhya Pradesh government has reduced the penalty applicable on such properties. The government has slashed the compounding fee on penalty, bringing it down to just two to five percent of the building permission fee. The decision will benefit many house owners across Bhopal, who have constructed structures by exceeding building permission area limits. The move paves the way for… Read More

Aurangabad to promote STPs in residential and commercial properties
May 15, 2017

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is likely to push residential and commercial properties in the city to set up Sewage Treatment Plants (STP). This was prompted by the municipal commissioner’s visit to a private housing society in Osmanpura. Residents of the society have been successfully using the treated water for gardening. Inspired by this, AMC plans to ask other societies to develop such facilities as well. Mitra Mandal co-operative housing society in Osmanpura has set… Read More

Government plans to reorganise Kochi zones for effective growth
May 15, 2017

Kerala town planning department intends to revamp the zones in Kochi in order to facilitate better regulations for future development projects. The city areas will get categorised as residential, commercial, industrial, heritage, and mixed, based upon their land usage. This move is a part of the department’s comprehensive town planning schemes for the implementation of Smart City projects in Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, and Central Kochi. Officials explain that the government has a detailed master plan for the… Read More

Vadodara municipal corporation to monetise plots via auctions
May 11, 2017

The Vadorada civic body has recently finalised the valuation of a series of plots sought by various agencies, including government organisations. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is now set to organise auctions to lease them out and monetise them. The standing committee of the civic body had taken up the proposal and subsequently passed it on to the general board of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) for a final nod. The proposal had sought that… Read More

Rajasthan government to undertake regularisation drive for illegal colonies
May 7, 2017

Rajasthan government is planning to launch several land and reform campaigns, including a drive to regularise several illegal colonies in urban areas of the state. Officials have shared that ‘Chief Minister (CM) Shehari Jan Kalyan Shivir’, third phase of ‘Revenue Lok Adalats’, and ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Vishesh Kalyan Shivir’ will be organised in urban areas over the two months. CM Shehari Jan Kalyan Shivir will run from May 10 to July 10. The camps will deal… Read More

Jharkhand waives stamp duty for properties owned by women
May 7, 2017

In a commendable move, Jharkhand government has decided to do away with stamp duty for properties registered in the name of women. Officials have shared that for immovable properties owned by women, only a token amount of Re 1 will be collected as stamp duty. This decision was taken during a review meeting of the Land and Revenue Department, held at Ranchi. The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Raghubar Das. The government aims to empower… Read More

Mohali, Ludhiana to get infrastructure boost worth Rs 1,600 crore
May 6, 2017

Mohali and Ludhiana in Punjab are all set to receive a major infrastructure boost as the state government has approved a sum of Rs 1,666.6 crore for developing new urban estates and constructing new roads, along with other infrastructure projects. The approved amount is almost 35 per cent of the total sum of Rs 4,806.24 crore approved for planned urban development in the state. Officials have shared that Rs 964.5 crore will be diverted towards… Read More

Aurangabad to verify properties constructed near monuments
May 6, 2017

Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), with the corporation of district land records department, will soon scrutinise properties that are suspected to have encroached land of historical monuments in the city. The property cards of owners of such properties will be put under the scanner. The decision was taken by the heritage committee of the civic body, which is planning to file criminal cases against those possessing fake documents. As confirmed by senior AMC officials, some of… Read More

Indore India’s cleanest city, Delhi slips to 7th spot
May 4, 2017

A nationwide cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan, conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development, has declared Indore in Madhya Pradesh (MP) as India’s cleanest city. The survey, which included 434 cities with populations of one lakh each, was a part of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The survey was carried out during January and February 2017. The latest rankings have established the historic city in MP as the paragon of cleanliness in India, replacing Karnataka’s Mysore… Read More

Jaipur to allow construction in ecological zones
April 26, 2017

Following an approval by Srichand Kriplani, Urban Development and Housing (UDH) Minister, Rajasthan, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), in its Master Plan 2025, has allowed construction in ecological zones (G2). As per the latest development, JDA will allow constructing marriage gardens and medical institutes in G2 as land resources in city area are already exhausted. For the construction of institutes, upto 8 m building height will be allowed on two-hectare land, which has to be… Read More

Shirdi airport to become operational in May 2017
April 15, 2017

The new airport at Shirdi in Maharashtra is expected to become operational from May 2017. The Shirdi Airport in Ahmednagar district will be the first airfield developed and managed by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) since its formation in 2002. As confirmed by MADC officials, the airport worth Rs 320.54 crore will initially cater to domestic flights and will later be upgraded to host international flights. While the airport is expected to operate… Read More

Kolhapur authority offers conditional rebate of 4% in property tax
April 14, 2017

The Kolhapur Development Authority (KDA) has recently announced a scheme offering four percent concession in property tax for citizens who have set up facilities such as rain water harvesting, waste water recycling plant, garbage composting plant, and solar power units. This move is aimed at encouraging property owners to set up environment-friendly systems that reduce the burden on the civic body. Property owners in Kolhapur will get a concession of one percent in property tax… Read More

Mangalore corporation hikes property tax by 15%
April 9, 2017

With effect from April 1, 2017, the Mangalore City Corporation has hiked the property tax rates in the city by 15 percent. Acting under section 109 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, the civic body has hiked the property tax by 45 as against the base enhancement year of 2008-09 percent for commercial and residential as well as non-commercial/residential properties. Meanwhile, MCC has not made any changes in the property rates for non-residential/non-commercial and industrial users. This is expected… Read More

Rajasthan government amends Chief Minister Jan Awas Yojana 2015
April 5, 2017

Rajasthan’s urban development and housing department has decided to amend the state housing scheme, Chief Minister Jan Awas Yojana 2015. This decision has been taken after reviewing the provisions of the scheme and considering feedback from stakeholders, such as development authorities, urban local bodies, and developers. The amended provisions state that developers will have to reserve 10 percent and 7.5 percent of the saleable area in their residential projects for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income… Read More

Nashik to soon have 70 m high, 24 storied buildings
March 27, 2017

Nashik’s skyline is expected to soon witness a drastic change with the height limitations of buildings eased. Authorities have ruled in favour of allowing buildings as high as 70 m in a city where buildings are of a maximum height of 40 m. The new Development Control Promotions and Regulations (DCPR) will allow buildings to have up to 24 floors as against the existing permission for 14 floors. The construction norms in Nashik limited the… Read More

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