Visakhapatnam development body to sell remaining houses of Rushikonda project
April 20, 2019

The Visakhapatnam  Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) has planned to sell the 20 remaining duplex houses in Rushikonda row housing project. The gated project is nestled between two IT hills at Rushikonda and sprawls over 6.78 acres close to the Visakhapatnam-Bheemili beach road. The Authority had developed the sea-facing row housing project many years ago, but there were no takers. Therefore, the project was leased out to the Andhra Pradesh Human Resource Development Institute (APHRDI) in 2017 to increase the saleability prospects of the projects and to augment the revenue earned. In the last one and a half years, 23…

Indore to install Automatic Control and Switching system for street lights
April 19, 2019

In a bid to cut down on the energy cost, the Madhya Pradesh government will soon install automatic control and switching system under the Indore Smart City project. The decision comes following a survey conducted by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) which identified more than 8,000 street lights in Annapurna, Mahalakshmi Nagar, MG Road and Patnipura areas that remain illuminated throughout the day. These lights were consuming almost 4,000 units of electricity and were costing an additional expenditure of Rs 12.4 lakh per month to the government. Officials added these lights were either directly connected to the main power supply…

Thane civic body to conduct structural audit of three bridges
April 18, 2019

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is set to carry out a structural audit of three bridges - the Kalwa Bridge, Mumbra bypass and Mumbra flyover falling under its jurisdiction. The news comes following the March 14, 2019 incident where a foot over bridge collapsed near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), leaving seven people dead and 31 injured. The corporation will use an advanced Photonic laser method for conducting the structural audit of these bridges. According to a TMC official, as many as 24 bridges fall under the purview of the civic body. However, certain bridges are built and maintained…

Assam: Maintenance work on Saraighat bridge in full-swing
April 17, 2019

According to Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway, repair work on the old Saraighat Bridge (rail-cum-road bridge) in Assam is in full swing and is likely to be finished within 90 days. The Bridge which is closed for maintenance is currently undergoing repair work on a 24X7 basis. As many as 80 deck slabs of the Bridge that has been identified by the NF Railway will be replaced. Once the slab is completed, and all expansion joints are replaced, an asphalt layer will be laid over the Bridge. Situated over Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, the Saraighat Bridge is a one-of-its-kind Bridge that…

Smart City projects in Ajmer moving at a snail’s pace
April 17, 2019

Under Smart Cities Mission, Ajmer Smart City Ltd (ASCL) - a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formulated for the implementation of smart city projects, has managed to complete only three infra projects. As many as 86 projects were proposed under the mission. In Rajasthan, Ajmer is one of the cities selected under the Smart City Mission. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had identified 100 cities under the mission. The Central Government has granted a budget of Rs 7,025 crore for four smart cities in Rajasthan. Ajmer has received Rs 1,947 crore for developing 86 projects planned under the…

Nashik: Rainwater harvesting mandatory for residential, commercial buildings
April 16, 2019

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has directed all local governing authorities in the city to ensure the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in big residential societies and commercial complexes. The move was taken after a recent order by National Green Tribunal (NGT) for the same. Officials have shared that NGT has mandated the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in all big residential societies, commercial complexes, hospitals, educational institutes, and industries. The tribunal will take strict action against the violators by imposing a fine up to Rs 5 lakh. The civic body has notified that no Completion Certificate (CC) will be…

Government utilises Rs 80,000 crore on rural road network
April 16, 2019

Road construction in rural India has picked up pace ever since the Central government has started emphasising the same. The Union government the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in 2000, a Central scheme aimed at offering financial aid to states to link villages to all-weather roads. Ever since then, the scheme has continued with some revisions. Despite alterations in PMGSY funding model, construction of roads in rural India has expedited since 2014, with the government spending over Rs 80,000 crore on constructing and upgrading rural roads across India. Earlier, the Union government-sponsored scheme offered 100 percent funding to States…

Goa: NGT orders State to assess damage caused by sand mining
April 15, 2019

A bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the Goa government to gauge the damage caused by the widespread illegal mining of iron ore and other materials across the State. The tribunal cited that unauthorised mining activities has taken over 2.5 lakh hectares of government land and the State government must recover compensation for the same. With mining companies planning to scale-up the activity in ecologically sensitive areas, the issue is only going to aggravate in future. It is to be noted that illegal mining of minerals is menacing the environment while posing a health hazard to the residents…

Vijayawada civic body to identify and raze illegal properties
April 15, 2019

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is all set to take strict action against illegal constructions across the city. The planning department has started identifying unauthorised structures in the city. Once the process is over, the civic body will initiate demolition proceedings. Officials have shared that some developers have constructed buildings on the city’s outskirts without attaining requisite approvals from the concerned authorities. Most of the illegal construction activities have been found in localities such as Andhra Prabha colony, Rajeev Nagar, Ajith Singh Nagar, and Urmila Subba Rao Nagar. The civic corporation has identified around 60 illegal units in the city.…

SC: Sale agreement lop-sided against homebuyers not binding
April 14, 2019

Offering the much-needed respite to lakhs of homebuyers, the apex court of the country announced that the unfair sale agreements skewed against the homebuyers and protecting the builder and his company with lenient clauses will not be legally abiding. A bench of Justices UU Lalit and Indu Malhotra averred that a real estate company should not be permitted to bind homebuyers with one-sided contractual agreements which safeguard the interest of the builder and his company at the cost of the buyers. Terms of a contract will not be final and binding if it is proved that the homebuyer had no…

Agra authority to return 617 hectares of land to farmers
April 12, 2019

Agra Development Authority (ADA) has recently decided to return 617 hectares of land to the owners of four villages. The land parcels had earlier been acquired for the inner ring road project. The acquisition was made to develop residential colonies and a commercial complex along the ring road. Officials have shared that lack of funds to pay the farmers is the primary reason behind the said decision. According to Farmer leader, Shyam Singh, the farmers are expecting a suitable compensation for their land which is four times the circle rate plus the interest for the delay caused by the authorities.…

Demand for affordable homes surge in Indore post GST rate cut
April 12, 2019

Post the reduction in the levy of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), home enquiries for under-construction and affordable residential units have picked up in Indore. Considering the trend, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) has stated that home sales across the city is likely to witness a 10 percent rise in April 2019 as compared to the figures recorded in the last year. The Council had slashed GST rate on affordable units to a nominal 1 percent. Under-construction properties will attract five percent GST from April 2019 onwards. Experts have opined that high taxation was…

Government approves Indore-Bhopal expressway
April 11, 2019

In a major boost to connectivity in Madhya Pradesh, the Central Government has given in-principle nod to the elevated Bhopal-Indore corridor. The decision was taken during a meeting held between Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari and State Minister for public works, Sajjan Singh Verma. The 116-km-long corridor would not only cut down travel time between the two cities but will also attract business opportunities. In a bid to boost business opportunities along the road, the six-lane Greenfield expressway will be constructed as an economic corridor at an estimated cost of Rs 3,000 crore. The expressway will be developed under the…

MP Housing Board to carry out housing projects worth Rs 40 crore
April 10, 2019

The Madhya Pradesh Housing & Infrastructure Development Board (MPHIDB) is planning to undertake massive projects worth ₹40 crore over the next two months. MPHIDB is a state‐owned entity with the charge of rendering housing for citizens, particularly for those in the low‐income section. MPHIDB has been erecting houses independently using the conventional engineering and procurement contract (EPC) model. The main benefits of a government body like MPHIDB delivering the project on its own is that it can efficiently manage administrative risks in terms of procuring clearances, land acquisition, and so on boosting finances at lower interest rates than what is…

Surat: Over 100 affordable projects approved by authority in last 6 months
April 10, 2019

Keeping in mind the escalating demand for affordable housing units, over 100 real estate projects have been registered by the civic authority in Surat in the last six months. Officials have shared that several developers who were earlier involved in developing luxury housing projects have also forayed in to constructing budget housing units. Several benefits attached with the construction of affordable housing have compelled the builders to change their ways. The list of such benefits includes government subsidy, nominal Goods and Services Tax (GST), 100 percent bank loan, and profit-linked income tax exemption for the promoters. It has been noted…

Chittoor-Thatchur expressway: Farmers demands alignment change
April 8, 2019

Opposing the proposal of the 126.5-km-long Chittoor-Thatchur expressway, farmers belonging to Uthukottai, Ponneri and Pallipattu taluks of Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu have appealed to the State government to consider realignment of the proposed expressway. As per the current alignment, the Rs 3,197-crore expressway project would be constructed between Araniyar and Kosasthalaiyar rivers. The project which is aimed at improving connectivity between two ports in Ennore district requires at least 1,238 acres of farm land which will, directly and indirectly, affect about 3621 families. According to sources, lands situated close to the two rivers are very fertile. If the government…

Aurangabad civic body identifies 724 beneficiaries under PMAY
April 8, 2019

A recent data released by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) revealed that nearly 52, 000 applications were received for several housing projects under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). However, out of the total applications received, the Aurangabad civic body has identified only 724 beneficiaries under the scheme. As reported, it is obligatory for the beneficiaries under PMAY to construct housing units covering at least 329 sq ft. Non-fulfilment of the said criteria will result in loss of government’s grant of Rs 2.5 lakh. Under the ambitious housing scheme, PMAY, the landholders who do not have a house in their name…

Indore authority to launch two residential schemes in next two years
April 8, 2019

Indore Development Authority (IDA) has recently planned to come up with two residential schemes in the next two years. The proposed housing schemes will be developed on nearly 500 acres of land on the Super Corridor Road. As reported, the majority of development under the schemes will take place on the government land parcels which have already been allotted to the concerned authorities. Nearly 30 percent of the land needs to be acquired from the farmers for which discussions are already in process. The farmers whose land will be acquired under the proposed schemes shall be given ownership rights of…

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