Tamil Nadu govt. revises FSI for commercial buildings
December 14, 2018

The Tamil Nadu government has revised the floor space index (FSI) for all the commercial buildings across the State. The recent order has increased the FSI from 1.5 to 2. The Housing and Urban Development Department has issued the order stating the revision in FSI for commercial buildings including hospitals and IT buildings. The increase will result in a substantial jump in the FSI of commercial properties on 60 feet road from 2.8 to 4.87, including the premium FSI. The condition must adhere to the other development regulations of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA). As per the revised guidelines,…

Pimpri Chinchwad body restricts sale of properties in red zone
December 14, 2018

In order to curb the fraudulent practice of purchasing plots in the red zone, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has issued a suo motu circular laced with caution in public interest. The circular includes the findings of a PCMC survey, as per which the land sold in the red zone radius is not sanctioned for development. The local body land survey stretches across the Dighi Magazine depot having a range of 1,145 m. The Stamps and Registration department has been requested to discontinue listing the properties from the area. Satish Ingle, Executive Engineer, Building Permission Department, PCMC, has shared that…

Kerala gets its fourth International Airport in Kannur
December 12, 2018

Kerala has become the first State in the country to have four international airports with the inauguration of the Kannur International Airport. The airport is owned and operated by the Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL), and is developed under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The three other international airports in Kerala are in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu and State’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan have inaugurated the Kannur International Airport. The first flight from the airport, the Air India Express, carrying 186 passengers to Abu Dhabi was flagged off on December 10, 2018. The Kerala government…

Madras HC exempts schools from paying property tax
December 10, 2018

The Madras High Court has stayed all the amendments to the State legislation bringing educational institutions under the property tax ambit of local authorities in Tamil Nadu. A division bench comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad granted the interim stay on a petition filed by All India Private Educational Institutions Association (AIPEI). According to the petitioner, there were provisions concerning property tax exemption for educational institutes in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tamil Nadu districts. The Tamil Nadu District Panchayats Act was amended with effect from August 2009, empowering the panchayats to levy property tax on educational institutions. The amendment…

Uttar Pradesh Govt to develop Jewar Airport on PPP model
December 10, 2018

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to develop the Jewar International Airport on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. The Civil Aviation Department has issued an order for the same. The Department shared that the acquired land will be handed over to the Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) on a 90 years lease. This will give power to the Authority to choose the developer. All government-owned land parcels falling within the purview of the airport will be transferred to the airport free of cost. Officials have stated that the State government has already granted the approval to the financial and administrative clearance…

Haryana builders can now buy extra FAR
December 10, 2018

The Haryana Town and Country Planning Department has amended the new integrated licensing policy, 2016. The new amendment allows the developers to buy extra Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for their existing plot and thereby, add more flats to their high-rise structures. The FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built. The State government has allowed the developers to purchase FAR of 0.25, in addition to the allotted 1.25. The extra FAR will be calculated at 88 percent of the licenced area, while the remaining 12…

Construction Workers Act benefits only 15 pc labourers in Maharashtra
December 7, 2018

Under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, the Maharashtra government has registered 70,000 labourers working on construction sites across the State. However, only 11,000 labourers were granted the benefits of the Act. Knowing this, the Supreme Court (SC) has termed the implementation of the Act a complete fail. A bench comprising of Justice Madan B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta stated that the status of remaining 59,000 labourers in the State is unknown. Moreover, the benefits awarded to the 11,000 labourers are still uncertain. In the past, the apex court…

Karnataka to build four lakh houses for low-income families
December 7, 2018

The Karnataka government will be constructing about four lakh houses across the State for the low-income families in the next five years. Of all these approved homes, a total of two lakh units will be developed in Bangalore alone. UT Khader, Urban Development Minister, has shared the recent development. The State government has already identified an area of 1,000 acres in Bangalore to construct one lakh houses for economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society. Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy will lay the foundation stone for the project on January 26, 2019. UT Khader has further shared that the State government…

Ahmedabad civic body seals over 900 properties
December 6, 2018

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has sealed a total of 948 tax defaulting properties in the city. Out of all sealed properties, around 364 properties were located in the North West zone, 217 in the South West zone, 109 in the West zone, 125 in the Central zone, and 111 in the South zone. In the North zone, only 23 properties were sealed, and in East zone, 43 properties were sealed. Officials have shared that most of the property owners have paid the outstanding tax amount. However, a total of 10 property owners have not paid their tax dues. Considering…

Bihar fixes Rs 100 as registration fee for land partition deed
December 6, 2018

The Bihar government has fixed Rs 100 as the registration fee of a family land partition deed. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar. Amir Subhani, Additional Chief Secretary, has shared that the decision to fix the registration fees has been taken after the Central Government’s proposal for fixing an appropriate registration fee of the family landed property to facilitate the legal partition of land among its claimants. The fee comprises of registration cost of Rs 50 and a stamp duty of Rs 50. Earlier, the registration charges were five percent of the…

Punjab Govt approves international airport near Ludhiana
December 5, 2018

The Punjab government has approved the setting up of a new international civil terminal at Indian Air Force (IAF) Station in Halwara near Ludhiana. In a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AAI received an approval. The civil terminal will be developed jointly by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Punjab government. A Joint Venture Company (JVC) will be constituted for the same. The State government will provide 135.54 acres of land free of cost for the development of the proposed airport. The Airport Authority will bear…

Ghaziabad bans registration of 321 illegal colonies
December 5, 2018

In Ghaziabad, the Stamps and Registration Department has put a hold on the registration of properties in all unauthorised colonies. The decision was taken considering the increased number of illegal properties in the city. Ritu Maheshwari, District Magistrate, Ghaziabad has issued the orders to stop the regularisation of all such properties. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has presented a list of 321 unauthorised properties to the department. The registry of properties in the unauthorised colonies has been stopped with immediate effect. However, the said move is found to contradict with the Registration Manual. According to clause 241 of the Registration…

Muzzafarpur : Block development officers to submit a list of homeless
December 4, 2018

In Muzaffarpur, the Block Development Officers (BDOs) have been directed to prepare a list of homeless people and submit the compiled list of people to the District Magistrate. Mohammad Sohail, District Magistrate, has shared that the directive was issued following the State government’s order to grant financial aid to the people who neither have land nor a house to live in. An assistance of Rs 60,000 each will be offered to homeless people to purchase land and to construct houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). According to the report, there are around 1,423 homeless families in the district.…

Greater Mohali civic body ignore building bylaw violations
December 4, 2018

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has not taken any strict action against those violating building bylaws in the city. In the past, the Authority had issued notices to violators, but no action has been taken against them till now. In June, it was observed that the residents were violating the building bylaws and encroaching upon the government land in Mohali. A survey was conducted to identify such properties. The survey found that around 4,000 residents had violated the norms and had encroached upon the government land. Most of such violation was observed in Phase III-A. However, the property…

Thiruvananthapuram: PMAY beneficiaries face uncertainty over NOC issuance
December 4, 2018

In Thiruvananthapuram, identified beneficiaries of the housing scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) are still facing a delay in attaining No Objection Certificates (NOC) for their plots located in the red zone. The said NOCs have to be issued by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, has shared that the City Corporation and AAI will jointly survey the affected PMAY dwelling units. The survey will be carried out through the local surveyors, or the AAI empaneled surveyors on a cost-sharing basis. Once the survey is completed, the concerned official will process the pending applications and will…

Maharashtra Govt mandates mortgagers to submit title deed
December 3, 2018

The Maharashtra government has decided to mandate title deeds for property mortgaging across the State. Now, any property owner mortgaging their property is mandated to furnish the details of the title deed, made with any financial institution, to the sub-registrar office within a month’s time. The intended move is anticipated to curb fraudulent practices and property scams, including taking loans against the same property from multiple banks and selling it off to a third party without informing the bank. According to an amendment to the Registration Act, 1908, the registration of the agreement between a creditor and a debtor has…

Ministry launches highway projects worth Rs 1,865 crore in Karnataka
December 3, 2018

In a bid to improve the road connectivity in Karnataka, Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, has laid the foundation stone for a couple of national highway projects across the State. The Ministry has sanctioned a sum of Rs 1,865 crore for the development of three highway projects in Karnataka. The three highway projects include the widening of NH-234 from Banjara to Huliyar, NH-373 from Beluru to Belkere, and Channarayapatna Bypass and Hassan Bypass stretch on NH-75. The estimated cost of the road works from Banjara to Huliyar would be Rs 191 crore and involves the construction of six…

North Goa Authority notifies development plan of Calangute-Candolim
December 3, 2018

The North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) has notified the outline development plan (ODP) 2025 for Calangute-Candolim, Goa. RK Pandita, Secretary, NGPDA, has shared that the development plan has been notified under Section 37 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act. The plan shall be subject to the provisions of the Goa Land Development and Building Regulations, 2010, as amended from time to time. The ODP 2025 for Calangute-Candolim is available for inspection by the general public at Arpora-Nagoa, Calangute and Candolim village Panchayats and also at NGPDA office at Mala, Panaji. The notified development plan talks about…

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