Commercial property tax hiked in Chandigarh
July 6, 2018

The Chandigarh administration has hiked the commercial property tax by 10 per cent. This is the first time in 15 years after the imposition of the commercial property tax in 2003 that the rates have been revised. Out of the list of commercial property owners in Chandigarh, prepared by the civic body, the majority are yet to pay the revised tax. The authority will soon start sending notices to such property owners. The enhanced commercial property tax has been made effective across the Union Territory from April 1, 2018, onwards. Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had released the proposal to increase the…

Chandigarh makes fire NOCs mandatory for homes
July 1, 2018

In order to ensure fire safety compliance of buildings in the state, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is set to make no objection certificates (NOC) compulsory for residential structures. Presently, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings in the state are required to obtain fire NOCs. Once the rule is implemented, occupants of both old and new constructions will have to register for NOCs at the fire department and deposit the specified fee. The move will make it mandatory for residents to submit the fire protection plan highlighting the entire firefighting arrangements made along with the means of access and escape. As…

CHB to carry out seismic evaluation of houses
June 27, 2018

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) plans to conduct a seismic evaluation of its dwelling units as they fall in the seismic zone IV, which is considered as ‘severe.’ The initiative is a part of a work being undertaken by the board before framing a policy for approving need-based changes. The board has developed housing schemes in many sectors, including 29, 38(west),40, 41, 43, 44, 43, 45, 47,51, 55, 56, 63 and Modern Housing Complex, with about 64,000 units of 100 categories. The board has also developed few rehabilitation housing schemes. To conduct the seismic evaluation, the board has initiated the…

Mohali Plot sale: High court to decide on stamp duty exemption
May 28, 2018

The Punjab and Haryana high court will decide if the parties purchasing land directly from Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will be allowed exemption from giving stamp duty in execution of conveyance deed. The high court has asked Gmada and Punjab government to file a reply on the issue after seeking the attention of petitions filed by people who had purchased plots in Gmada developed sector in New Chandigarh from landowners. Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued a notice in a note of a petition filed by Urmila Kakkar and others. Arav Gupta, the counsel for the petitioners, opposed that…

Chandigarh RERA: About 174 real estate agents registered till date
May 27, 2018

In Chandigarh, a total number of registered real estate agents have reached 174. The Punjab Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Punjab RERA) has approved real estate agents across the city. Check a complete list of registered agents in Chandigarh - Click to Download The State regulatory authority has, till date, registered nearly 1020 real estate agents across the State. The list is available on its official RERA portal. In 2017, the Government had announced that Delhi and Chandigarh will have a common regulatory authority and appellate authority under RERA. Chandigarh authorities comment that this makes sense as the Union Territory (UT)…

Around 100 buildings demolished in Mohali for road widening
May 25, 2018

Chandigarh-Kharar under-construction highway witnessed a major demolition drive by the Mohali administration. The administration demolished around 100 buildings as they already acquired the said land for widening of the road. A fully equipped demolition squad was accompanied by the administration officials and police who secured the area in 12 hours.The owners of these structures were given time till May 20 by Mohali Administration to vacate the illegal buildings. As per some sources, the demolition drive started in the morning at 5.30 am and continued till 5pm in the evening. Of 244 illegal structures present along the road from Balongi to…

Chandigarh civic body faces delay in receiving property tax deposit
May 23, 2018

According to Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC), around 40,000 residential and 4,000 commercial constructions in the state did not deposit property tax to the department in the previous years. With the self-declaration period on till May 31, the civic body is hoping that people will start depositing the pending amounts post which, notices will be served to the defaulters. Importantly, a private agency that has been hired by the tax department of the MC has also been asked to discover the details of commercial and residential establishments, falling under tax ambit and since when the owners of such properties have not…

Survey: Indore and Bhopal ranked cleanest cities in India
May 18, 2018

According to a survey, Indore and Bhopal have continued to maintain their position as the top two cleanest cities in India for the second consecutive year while Chandigarh has been ranked third. Announcing the results of sanitation survey, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri ranked New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) as the cleanest city among municipal bodies with population smaller than three lakh while Greater Mumbai was adjudged as the cleanest among all state capitals. According to the government, around 37.66 lakh citizens gave their feedback during Swachh Survekshan, which included 4,203 municipal areas across the country. In…

Chandigarh Authority to grant occupancy certificates through self-certification
April 16, 2018

The Chandigarh Authority will now issue an occupancy certificate for both residential and commercial projects through self-certification. The new approval system would help in expediting the scrutiny process by eliminating lengthy and cumbersome manual process. The system will be first introduced for commercial buildings and later for residential and industrial entities. According to the new system, occupation certificate will be approved in 20 days. Earlier, the issuance of the certificate usually takes around two to three months. Occupation certificate is a necessary document issued by the estate office approving the building plan laid down as per the building norms and…

Commercial property tax up by 10 percent in Chandigarh
April 7, 2018

Punjab governor and UT administrator, VP Singh Badnore has given a nod to 10 percent increase in the commercial property tax rate system effective from April 1, 2018, regarding which, a notice by the local body government will be issued soon. The move comes after the general house of the municipal corporation, Chandigarh, approved a 10 percent hike in the commercial property tax system on August 30, 2017. Commercial property tax has been increased for the first time since the imposition of the property tax in 2004. While the matter has been raised several times in the past 14 years…

Chandigarh civic body announces 20pc rebate scheme for taxpayers
April 5, 2018

The municipal corporation of Chandigarh has announced a tax discount scheme for both, commercial and residential properties in the city. The tax rebate will be applicable till May 31, 2018. Officials have shared that owners of residential properties will enjoy 20 percent discount, if they pay off their taxes within the stipulated time. For commercial properties, the civic body has announced a tax rebate of 10 percent on the total tax amount. After May 31, no rebate will be extended. Moreover, tax payers will have to pay 25 percent penalty and 12 percent interest on the entire outstanding tax amount.…

No takers for commercial properties owned by Chandigarh civic body
April 1, 2018

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) is going through a financial crisis these days and despite that more than half a dozen commercial properties of the civic body worth Rs 20 crore are not attracting buyers. As a result, the civic body of Chandigarh devised multiple strategies to auction these commercial properties. In fact, instead of decreasing the reserve price of few of the properties, such efforts have gone in vain as the civic body received a cold response. According to an official, high reserve prices and leasehold nature of the properties, as well as the slowdown in the real estate…

Chandigarh: Property tax notices to more than 7,500 residents
March 15, 2018

Property tax notices have been sent to 7,554 residents across ten sectors of Chandigarh by the Municipal corporation (MC). This qualifies as the highest number of property tax notices sent after the tax division of the MC acknowledged the violators. The tax division cross-checks the collective data of residents in order to identify the property owners who had already paid their respective property tax amounts to the authority. Out of the total 7,554 residents, there are several who need to pay more than one year’s property tax. Therefore, tax notifications from the period of 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 fiscal years have…

Chandigarh exempts residential properties upto 500 sq yards from getting prior approval
February 23, 2018

Chandigarh residents can now build homes without getting the building plan approved from the building branch of the estate office. After introducing self-certification for approving building plans for commercial and industrial properties, the city’s UT administration has planned to extend the benefit to owners of residential properties up to 500 square yards. The move will benefit residents who no longer will have to undergo cumbersome and time consuming process for obtaining building plan approvals. Chandigarh has 56 sectors which are further divided into A, B, C and D parts by V4 road while roads in Chandigarh are classified into seven…

Chandigarh authority extends rebate penalty deadline till March 2018
February 5, 2018

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to extend the deadline of 50 percent rebate on penalties for encroachments and additional constructions of properties till March 31, 2018. The CHB has imposed a penalty of Rs 100 per sq ft for encroachments on incidental spaces land and for additional constructions of properties. The Housing Board has announced that the discount will only be availed by allottees who deposit penal charge on their own on the basis of self-certification of the area of violation. The Board will issue notices of demolition to allottees who do not deposit the penalty. Officials have…

Chandigarh housing board to auction 66 properties
January 8, 2018

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will hold an auction for 66 residential properties in the city. Out of all properties selected for auction, about 50 properties are located in Sectors 39, 41, 45, 47 and 63 and are leasehold properties. The remaining 16 properties are located in Sector 49, 51 and 38 West and are marked as freehold. In the past, the city development authority had allowed conversion of properties from leasehold to freehold, after paying conversion charges. The conversion charges were calculated on a pro-rata basis. The housing board has announced housing schemes in different locales of the city…

Chandigarh civic body starts lab to check road construction material
November 27, 2017

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) has established an in-house laboratory to scrutnise the material used for the construction of roads in the city. All necessary staff has been recruited to carry out tasks at the laboratory - setup at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. Officials have shared that the quality of construction should be checked regularly as the Corporation spends crores of rupees on the construction of the city roads every year. It should be noted that the municipal corporation has been conducting quality checks of road construction and hiring different agencies for the same purpose after the project completion.…

Gr Mohali Authority to acquire 322 acres for Eco City-III
November 7, 2017

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to develop a residential scheme for Eco City, Phase-III. For this purpose, the Authority has issued final notices for the acquisition of land measuring 322 acres in six villages in New Chandigarh. Ravi Bhagat, Chief Administrator, GMADA, has stated that the development of New Chandigarh is already underway. Now for the residential scheme for Eco City-III, land acquisition has been initiated by sending off notices to the landowners. The land acquisition is being done under Section 16 of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Act, 2013. The GMADA had discussed…

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