Goa govt extends financial aid to EWS families for home reconstruction
October 17, 2017

The Goa government has decided to extend financial aid of upto Rs 2 lakh for reconstruction and upto Rs 75,000 for repairs of an existing house to economically-backward OBC and SC families. Only plans for reconstruction and repairs prepared by registered architects or engineers will be considered for benefit under the scheme. The decision has been made considering the high cost of construction/reconstruction/repairs of houses in the state. There are several OBC/SC economically weaker families who do not have pucca houses. In certain cases, the state government has announced an increase in the limit of assistance to Rs 2.5 lakh…

Rajasthan govt plans to acquire land for new airport in Jaipur
October 17, 2017

The Rajasthan government is drafting a proposal to acquire land for a  second airport in Jaipur. At present, the city has only one airport - Sanganer airport that caters to air traffic. Jayant Sinha, Civil Aviation Minister believes that Sanganer airport is not big enough to cater to the increased air traffic expected in the next five years. A committee meeting will be held in the third week of October where the proposal of land acquisition for the upcoming airport will be discussed. The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) will also table the proposal to acquire land measuring 2,100.8 hectares land…

Goa RERA: Govt extends project registration till Dec 31
October 17, 2017

The Goa government has extended the deadline for registration of ongoing projects across the state under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) till December 31, 2017. No penalty will be levied till the extended deadline. It should be noted that the state government has not notified the RERA rules and established the regulatory authority.  This is the second time that the state government has extended the project registration deadline under the new real estate Act. Earlier, the government had postponed the registration deadline till October 31. The Goa government has also relaxed the ongoing projects that are yet…

Goa govt to introduce online property tax payment
October 16, 2017

The Goa government has decided to introduce a common service delivery portal for payment of municipal bills, such as property tax in all the 14 municipal towns in the state. J Ashok Kumar, Director, Urban Development and Municipal Administration, Goa, has stated that the common portal will be accessible for all urban local bodies in 14 municipal towns across the state. As of now, three civic bodies, including Panaji Corporation, provide online payment facilities to their residents. The service is going to be extended further to other areas by November end, 2017. Residents will have log in and select their…

Nagpur: 4,000 affordable houses to be built under Smart City project
October 16, 2017

The Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Ltd (NSSCDCL) has decided to develop 4,000 affordable houses under the smart city’s pilot project. Around 700 families will be affected during the development of the housing project. The Corporation will rehabilitate such families in the housing project. The NSSCDCL has approved resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) policy for the affordable housing project. Furthermore, city's police department will run a prototype test of drone and mobile surveillance vehicle (MSV) next week. Ramnath Sonawane, Chief Executive Officer, NSSCDCL, has stated that the survey of 1,730 acres in various areas of the city, including Pardi,…

Around 4,900 tax defaulters in Mohali on civic body’s radar
October 14, 2017

Mohali Municipal Corporation (MMC) is preparing a plan to track down 4,900 tax defaulters of residential, commercial and industrial properties in the city to recover total due amount of Rs 8.5 crore. Bhim Sain, Superintendent of tax department, MCC, has stated that the corporation has started preparing a list of the defaulters. Furthermore, two showrooms were sealed as the owners did not pay the property tax. The Corporation will issue public notice to the defaulters for years - 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 asking defaulters to pay property tax with interest within seven days of the publication of the notice,…

Subsidy scheme under PMAY in Thiruvananthapuram receives poor response
October 13, 2017

In Thiruvananthapuram, homebuyers belonging to middle-income groups are slow in availing the credit-linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) housing scheme. Recently, the central government raised the CLSS component of PMAY (Urban) for middle-income groups with annual incomes in the range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh ensuring interest subsidies of four percent and three percent respectively on availing housing loans. As of now, less than 90 applications have been received by the city corporation from the prospective homebuyers. About 5,000 beneficiaries have been identified. Officials have stated that most of these applications have come…

Greater Ludhiana generates Rs 17.36 cr from maiden property e-auction
October 12, 2017

The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has generated Rs 17.36 crore from its maiden property e-auction, held recently. Of the total 20 properties situated in Dugri and Dhandari Kalan, department has auctioned nine properties. Parminder Singh Gill, Chief Administrator, GLADA, has informed that the possession of the properties will be handed over to bidders within 90 days after completing the payment procedure. The Authority has put several properties under the hammer, including four shop-cum-offices (SCOs) measuring 133.3 square yards each, four booths measuring 33.3 sq yards each on the 200-foot wide road at Dugri bypass, Phase 2 and 3,…

Puducherry to become a global tourist destination under smart city project
October 11, 2017

Speaking at a conference organised by Puducherry Smart City Development Ltd, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the Puducherry Smart City project, which is being carried out in the Union Territory along with the French government is aimed at promoting the city as a global tourism destination. He further lauded Agence Francais pour Development (France based development agency) for its consistent support in various developmental projects. The conference saw Puducherry government signing a pact with the French Development Agency to expand drinking water supply at a budget of Rs 534 crore out of which, Rs 455 crore would be provided by…

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) kickstarts affordable housing project
October 11, 2017

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has eventually commenced work on an affordable housing project in Wathoda announced by Maharashtra Chief Minsiter Devendra Fadnavis and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Under this project, NIT plans to construct 264 flats for Economically Weaker Section (EWS). Deepak Mhaisekar, Chairman of NIT stated that prices of these flats will be announced once there is clarity over Goods and Service Tax (GST) which could be either 12 or 18 percent. On other developments, he added that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Tarodi Buzurg (Umred Road) project would be inspected by the Urban Development Department (UDD)…

Survey to identify beneficiaries under PMAY in Goa ends in Nov 2017
October 10, 2017

The Goa government has commissioned the Regional Center for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) to conduct a survey of families living in the state demanding for affordable housing. The survey is expected to be over by the end of November this year. J Ashok Kumar, Director, Urban Development and Municipal Administration, Goa, has stated that the process to identify beneficiaries across the state started by the end of July 2017. The survey data will help the state government to identify the right strategy for affordable housing projects in the state. The Union ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation had…

Property registrations in Indore fall by 20% due to RERA & GST
October 9, 2017

The implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) have impacted the real estate market in Indore. The Stamp and Registrar Department, Indore, has witnessed a fall of about 20 percent in revenue generation through property registrations in the last two months. The department has recorded a dip in revenue generation in the last two months, amounting Rs 70.34 crore. The downward trend is expected to remain stagnant at Rs 71.51 crore in the coming two months. However, the department had collected earnings of Rs 91 crore till July 2017. Experts…

Haryana to establish RERA authority by October-end
October 9, 2017

The Haryana government recently announced the establishment of a regulatory authority under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) by the end of October 2017. Once the regulatory authority is formed, homebuyers of the state can file their complaints against errant developers and unregistered projects. Due to the absence of the Haryana RERA website and a permanent regulatory authority, aggrieved homebuyers are facing issues and are still clueless on how to submit a complaint. The Haryana government had notified RERA rules in July 2017 with certain dilutions compared to rules notified by the central government.  The state government has…

Uttarakhand RERA: List of approved projects, agents uploaded on website
October 8, 2017

The Uttarakhand government has recently launched its RERA website for online registration of real estate projects and for filing complaints against builders, agents in the state under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). Till now, 44 projects have been registered with the state regulator. So far, 69 real estate agents (individual and company) have been approved by the regulatory body. The list of all approved projects, agents, and developers has been uploaded on the Uttarakhand RERA portal and can be accessed by the public. List of Uttarakhand RERA approved projects - Click to Download List of Uttarakhand RERA approved agents - Click…

Rajasthan: Online building plan approval system failed again
October 7, 2017

The Building Plan Approval System (BPAS) under Smart Raj has stuck once again due to technical glitches, putting several applicants in a fix. Speculations are rife that the online system was put together in haste after the mechanical approval system was scrapped. The online facility was proposed to ease out bureaucratic processes for acquiring several licenses and approvals from various departments. In October 2017, the pilot project was launched for all seven divisional headquarters and two district headquarters of Bundi and Sawi Madhopur, besides the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). Officials have shared that several changes in the software were incorporated.…

Nashik civic body to offer smart cards to tax payers for free
October 6, 2017

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will give prepaid smart cards to 50,000 property taxpayers without any cost in the third week of October 2017. There are over four lakh property taxpayers across six divisions under the jurisdiction of the civic body. The remaining taxpayers will have to pay some charges for getting the smart card. The civic body is also planning to give incentives, such as a 3 percent discount and free shopping vouchers on using prepaid cards. The smart card can be used at shopping malls, retail outlets and other shopping destinations, too. The move is made in line…

Property e-auction in Greater Ludhiana extended till October 11, 2017
October 6, 2017

The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has postponed its maiden e-auction for one week to October 11, 2017. Earlier, it was supposed to be held from September 21 to October 4. Officials have informed that the decision for extension was made on the request of bidders. The properties offered by GLADA under the hammer include four shop-cum-offices (SCOs) measuring 133.3 square yards each, four booths measuring 33.3 square yards each on the 200-foot wide road at Dugri bypass, Phase 2 and 3, four SCOs measuring 121 square yards each in Dhandari Kalan, Phase 3 and eight SCOs having an…

Rajasthan RERA raises penalty to 10% on unregistered projects
October 3, 2017

The Rajasthan Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rajasthan RERA) has raised the penalty on non-registration of real estate projects with RERA from 2 percent to 10 percent. The new penalty norm is applicable from October 1 onwards. Rolled out on May 1 this year, Central RERA had given developers 90 days to register their ongoing realty projects under the Act. The Rajasthan government had launched Rajasthan RERA portal in June and asked developers to complete project registrations by July 31. This deadline was extended to August 31 on requests by the developer community in the state. However, the extension could be…

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