Land ownership issue to hamper Thane metro
October 20, 2018

The implementation of the Rs 19,000 crore Wadala-Kasarvadavli metro IV project may face delay due to ambiguity over ownership of land, which has been allotted to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for constructing a casting yard. According to MMRDA, the Thane revenue department has assigned them 24 acres of land in Waghbil village for the development of a casting yard which will be utilised to produce over 500 girders. These girders are needed to install piers for metro trains to run. The MMRDA, however, asserts that the land allotted to them is class II or government land, meaning that…

Maharashtra stresses on assessment of realty projects from environmental perspective
October 19, 2018

The Maharashtra government has recently directed its environment committees to evaluate real estate projects on the basis of environmental characteristics, and not get involved in town planning issues. The move comes after several developers alleged green panels of delaying the projects by asking questions related to other aspects of the project. According to Anil Diggikar, Principal Secretary, State Environment Department, the department has taken cognizance of the issue and is trying to fast-track the procedure and make it as transparent as possible. Several developers have welcomed the move stating that the government is at least taking the initiative to limit…

Nashik Municipal Corporation extends regularisation date
October 18, 2018

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to extend the deadline for the regularisation of illegal structures. The new deadline is till December 31, 2018. The decision was made considering the low numbers of registrations made by the violators. As per sources, only 3,000 applications have been received for the regularisation scheme, while there are over 7,000 illegal units in the city.  In 2017, NMC had issued a notification inviting applications from developers and owners to get their unauthorised constructions regularised by paying compounding charges. The scheme is applicable on illegal properties developed before December 2015. To avail the scheme, the civic…

Maharashtra Govt approves construction near nullahs
October 17, 2018

The Maharashtra government has relaxed the development plan rules for constructions near the water bodies across the State. The move has paved the way for development near nullahs. As per the previous rule, no construction activities were permitted within 15 m of the major water bodies and 4.5 m of minor water bodies. Currently, the rivers and nullahs are treated as substantial watercourses. However, the State government has issued a notification which will consider the nullahs regardless of their size as minor watercourses. RM Pawar, Official, Urban Development Department (UDD), Maharashtra, has shared that since all the nullahs will be…

Nashik civic body collects Rs 78 cr property tax in H1 2018
October 17, 2018

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has collected a sum of Rs 78.39 crore in the first six months of the current fiscal, 2018-19. Officials have shared that the collected tax in the first half of the fiscal year is 40 percent higher as compared to the same period in the previous financial year, 2017-18. During April-September 2017, the civic body generated Rs 55.42 crore. The jump in tax collection is backed by the hiked property tax rates up to 40 percent for the current fiscal. The Corporation is aimed at collecting taxes from all registered properties. To achieve this, the…

Property registrations hit by technical snag in Maharashtra
October 17, 2018

The process of property registrations in Maharashtra has been slowed down post a technical glitch in the online payment verification system. The State Inspector General of Registration and Stamps (IGR) Department has shared that due to the glitch in the finance department’s e-payment system, only a few registrations have been made either through the e-payment mode or in cash. Property buyers, initiating payments through the e-payment mode of the Government Receipt Accounting System (GRAS) were unable to get their challans verified due to the glitch in the system. Officials have shared that property registrations at all 500 offices in the…

Haryana to use drones to map urban properties
October 16, 2018

In Haryana, the urban local bodies department will soon implement the drone technology to map real estate properties. With this, the State will become the first across the country to conduct a geo-mapping of urban properties using drone cameras.  Kavita Jain, Urban local bodies Minister, Haryana, has shared that the geo-tagging system will ensure zero-errors in identifying details of properties falling under various civic bodies in Haryana. The implementation of the system will reduce the time in levy calculation, thereby making the bodies financially stronger. As of now, there are as many as 81 civic bodies in Haryana including 53 municipal committees, 18 municipal councils and 10 municipal corporations. The geo-tagging will be done in real time, which will be compiled in the mobile-based application.  The property survey will be carried out through drones soon. The survey results will be matched with the…

Nagpur civic body extends regularisation scheme by six months
October 16, 2018

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed to extend the particular scheme for regularisation of unauthorised structures by six months. The new set deadline is up to April 4, 2019. The informed decision was made considering the low numbers of registrations made by the violators. There are more than 4000 violators, and only 343 applications have been received so far for the regularisation scheme. The Corporation also intends to revise the scrutiny charges. Earlier, the specific charges were fixed at Rs 1 per sq ft for structures below 2,500 sq ft and Rs 2 per sq ft for structures above…

Goa govt identifies errors in coastal zone draft plan
October 16, 2018

The Goa government has identified various flaws in the State's Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). The government has observed that the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) was not considering the ground truthing, ground verification of high tide line (HTL) and survey map while preparing the management plan. The draft plan contains the satellite images of the coastal villages from Keri to Loliem. The Directorate of Settlement and Land Records has found missing data of survey maps in many villages such as Gonsua, Keri, Tiracol, Mandrem and Morjim. An overlaying error of 30-40 m was observed in geo-referenced cadastral…

Tamil Nadu to mandate patta for property registrations
October 16, 2018

The Tamil Nadu government is considering making 'pattas' mandatory for property transactions across the State. The intended move is anticipated to curb property scams and provide a double layer of protection during the property sale. Currently, properties can be registered by furnishing either the parent document of the land or the ‘patta’. The parent document represents the registration deed having the details of the previous owner, whereas the ‘patta’ is the revenue document detailing about all the previous owners. Officials have shared that State government has examined the property purchase of other States, including Karnataka that is already following the…

Coimbatore civic body demolishes 117 illegal structures
October 15, 2018

The Coimbatore Municipal Corporation has demolished a total of 117 unauthorised properties in Seeranaickenpalayam and MGR Nagar. The demolition was carried out as these properties were constructed on dried water channels connecting to the local lakes. The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) has informed that eviction notices were issued to the occupants of the identified unauthorised properties. Also, an alternative accommodation was provided. Officials have shared that half of the occupants have been relocated to new apartments. Around 1,300 apartments measuring 400 sq ft were built at Malumichampatti to rehabilitate the encroachers. The residents were expected to pay Rs…

As many as 900 projects registered with MPRERA
October 14, 2018

According to Madhya Pradesh RERA (MPRERA) Chairman, Anthony de Sa, out of the total 1,600 applications received, as many as 900 projects have been registered with the State regulator so far. The Authority found some shortcomings in the remaining 700 projects which have been informed to the developers. Once these shortcomings are resolved, the Authority will start registering the projects. As of date, MPRERA is clearing about 25 projects on a daily basis. The regulatory authority is currently hearing more than 400 cases daily. It has passed final orders in about 40 of them while penalties have been levied on…

Srinagar on track to make revenue records digitised
October 14, 2018

At a meeting called upon recently in Srinagar, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Dr Pawan Kotwal assessed the digitisation of old revenue records and termed it as a dream project. He said that the process can be used to conserve legacy data. Apart from streamlining revenue records, the digitisation process will help in making records easily accessible to the land owners. The government is conducting Lawrence survey, through which it is making the records digitised right from the settlement in 1885-87. Kotwal added that while ground truthing has been finished for Jammu and Srinagar districts, modern technology is being used by the…

Housing sales by NRIs surge due to weakening rupee
October 13, 2018

Depreciation in the value of rupee against the US dollar has incited Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) interest in the residential real estate, leading to a spike in sales volume. Further, implementation of pro-reforms such as the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), the Goods and Services tax (GST), amendments to the Benami Properties Act and demonetisation have ushered in the much needed transparency and accountability in the sector, further aggravating the cause. According to Anuj Puri, Chairman, Anarock Property Consultants, plummeting rupee against dollar, pound and the UAE Dirham has prompted NRIs to invest in the country’s realty market.…

Ludhiana: IT Dept. serves notices to 600 tax defaulters
October 12, 2018

In Ludhiana, the Income Tax Department has recently served notices to around 600 owners who have not paid their property taxes. The Department has chalked down a list of tax defaulters avoiding payment of taxes on rental income and purchase of the property. According to the Department, around 100 offenders have either replied to notices or paid the outstanding tax, but in 487 cases no reply has been received. The Department will soon put such cases under trial. Binay K Jha, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (PrCC), North West region, has shared that any homeowner whose rental income exceeds…

NGT restricts construction activities in Kasauli
October 12, 2018

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed restrictions on construction activities in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. Officials have banned any new constructions in the Kasauli Planning Area, except those following the Development Plan, 2021. The Tribunal has fixed a maximum height of two storeys plus attic floor for private buildings. For buildings that were constructed before the order was passed, an environment compensation will be charged. The compensation is fixed at Rs 5,000 per sq ft for private buildings and Rs 10,000 per sq ft for commercial buildings. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chairperson NGT, has shared that the construction ban rule…

Nagpur Authority issues notices to 1,800 illegal structures
October 11, 2018

The Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) has issued notices to a total of 1,801 owners of illegal buildings, including industrial structures, academic institutions, multi-storied commercial complexes, restaurants, and residential buildings. The notices were served under Section 53 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966. It has been found that most of the identified properties had developed units in violation of building bye-laws. The Authority will demolish or seal such illegally constructed units if the owner fails to pay the imposed fine. The Authority has already commenced the demolition drive and razed nine structures till date. Sudhakar…

Bihar Govt approves detailed project report for Patna Metro
October 10, 2018

The Bihar government has recently approved the detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed Patna Metro rail corridor along with its comprehensive mobility plan (CMP). The drafted project report will soon be tabled for a final nod from the Central Government. Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Department, has shared that the metro rail project is estimated to cost Rs 17,887.56 crore and will be developed in phases. The Patna Metro rail will envisage two corridors in the first phase. The first metro link will run between Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur Bus Stand while the second corridor will be from…

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