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…

Navi Mumbai & Mohali ranked as top emerging cities: Report
September 29, 2017

According to a recent study by JLL, Palava City and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra are the top two liveable emerging cities in the country. The report has evaluated 10 emerging cities across the country, including Mohali in Punjab, Mahindra World City township in Chennai, Pimpri Chinchwad in Pune, Rajarhat in Kolkata, Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, Magarpatta City in Pune, Greater Noida, and Manesar. All these 10 cities were evaluated on the grounds of townships built by private developers, administration practices, sustainability, and overall livability. The selected 10 cities have been are ranked on these parameters - planning, connectivity, utilities and daily…

Punjab Shehri Awas Yojna receives poor response in Mohali
September 22, 2017

Under Punjab Shehri Awas Yojna (PSAY) initiated by the state government, Mohali has received just 277 applications out of the total 11,417 applications received across the state. The scheme has been promoted through 163 municipal committees and six development authorities in Punjab. The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) revealed that the maximum number of applications were submitted in Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Faridkot, Fazilka, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, and Bathinda districts. Of the 277 applications in Mohali, 58 have been received from Mohali city, 148 from Zirakpur, 34 from Kharar, 14 from Nayagaon, 25 from Kurali, three from Derabasi, 10 from…

Compost plants must for large commercial buildings in Chandigarh
September 12, 2017

Chandigarh municipal corporation (CMC) has made it mandatory for commercial buildings generating more than 100 kg of biodegradable waste to have compost plants. The civic body will soon frame the requisite byelaws, including penalty, for the effective implementation of this rule. This move is aimed at creating awareness about the importance of proper waste management and to make establishments responsible for the same. CMC officials shared that the central government has asked for greater focus on proper waste management; as a result, the civic body is setting up a compost plant in the garbage treatment plant. In addition, home owners are…

Punjab government slashes circle rates by 5-10%
September 10, 2017

Punjab government has reduced circle rates in both rural and urban segments. While circle and collector rates have been slashed by five percent in urban areas, a 10 percent reduction has been announced in rural areas. This decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. The reduction has been notified under the Punjab Stamp (Dealing of Under-valued Instruments) Rules, 1982. Officials share that these reduced rates will be applicable only on basic land rates and not on the rates for super structures. The government has issued directives to all officers about the new circle and collector rates.…

False complaints to Chandigarh Housing Board to be penalised
September 10, 2017

Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has warned those making insincere and frivolous complaints about their neighbours. CHB has announced that such complaints will now lead to fines. Officials share that the Board receives a lot of complaints from regarding illegal constructions or other alleged misuse by the neighbours of the complainants. Often such complaints are revealed to be false, filed with the sole intention of filed harassing the other parties. It should be noted that CHB rules requires all such complaints to be disposed within a fixed period. Further, the CHB Chairman meets all complainants personally to ensure no delay in…

Government announces policies to boost Punjab realty
September 6, 2017

Punjab government has decided to take steps to give a fillip to the real estate sentiment in the state. One of the key decisions include increasing the period for which delay in deposit of interest during moratorium can be excused. This period has been increased from 90 days to three years. Under the existing rule, successful bidders for an auction property had to deposit interest every six months during the moratorium period. Delays were allowed only up to 90 days from the due date. Officials share that the latest move will allow delay up to three years to be overlooked,…

Chandigarh RERA: Only 10 agents apply for registration
September 5, 2017

Even four months after the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) across the country, only 10 real estate agents have applied for registration under the revolutionary Act in Chandigarh. Experts estimate that there are about 400 property agents in the city. The Act has mandated the registration of real estate agents to safeguard homebuyers' interests. As per Chandigarh RERA rules, realty agents are accountable for their business activities and are liable for penalties if they do not comply with the mentioned norms. The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) had recently launched a website for online registration of…

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