Ban on sale deeds of unauthorised plots in Nagpur Smart City area
August 16, 2017

Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has announced a ban on sale deeds of any unauthorised plots and layouts in the area based development (ABD) region under Nagpur’s Smart City plan.  The ABD includes Bharatwada, Pardi, Punapur and Bhandewadi. Explaining the reasons behind this decision, Ramnath Sonawane, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NSSCDCL, shared that the ABD region includes large tracts of land in the no development zone and agriculture zone. However, it has come to light that that a few owners are selling plots in the ABD region. While the authority has no issues with the sale…

Aurangabad civic body orders 299 commercial properties to be vacated
August 16, 2017

Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) ordered tenants of 299 of its commercial properties to vacate the premises. The tenants had been given three days to vacate the properties, failing which legal action will be taken. This was prompted by various irregularities which have been causing the civic body to incur heavy revenue loss. AMC officials explain that several influential locals have taken over the civic body’s commercial properties in areas such as Nijomaddin Durgah Road, Peer Baajar, Jafar Gate, Sabji mandi and railway station area, continuing to occupy them even after the expiry of rent agreements. Further, in areas like Nehru…

Kerala to carry out feasibility study for Sabarimala airport soon
August 13, 2017

Kerala government has commenced the search for a consultant to carry out the feasibility study for the Sabarimala airport. The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is responsible for the execution of the ambitious project. The project is planned to be constructed in the 2,263 acre Cheruvally estate and will be located about 48 km away from the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple. The project will ease the transportation pains of lakhs of pilgrims who visit the shrine every year. The surging number of pilgrims in recent years has prompted the government to propose an airport for the region. It will…

Nagpur civic body’s amnesty scheme ends
August 10, 2017

August 10 is the last day to avail the amnesty scheme offered by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for defaulters of property tax and water bills. Officials have confirmed that no further extension would be given by the civic body. NMC has already provided a three-day extension to defaulters for availing the scheme after receiving a lukewarm response from residents. The civic body has plans to start taking actions against defaulters by auctioning their properties and disconnecting water supply. Launched back in mid-July, the amnesty scheme offers full rebate on interest in water bills and 90 percent waiver on interest in…

Odisha government to grant property rights to the urban poor
August 9, 2017

The Odisha government has promulgated two ordinances aimed at providing land and property rights to the urban poor in the state. This was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who commented that the government is working towards inclusive growth. Officials share that the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Ordinance, 2017, promises land rights to the urban poor living in notified area councils (NACs) and municipalities. Meanwhile, the Odisha Municipal Corporation (amendment) Ordinance, 2017, will grant property rights to people belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). Further, such land may be inherited by the owners’ successors but will not be open to transfer.…

State against regularisation of 400+ illegal colonies in Indore
August 5, 2017

The state government and Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) are locked in legal battle as the Madhya Pradesh government has expressed objections against the regularisation of several illegal colonies in Indore. The colonies in question are located in Khajrana, Bypass, Nipania, Jhalaria, Sirpur, Banganga, Chitawad, Pipliyarao, Bilawali, and Chhot Bangarda. There are over 400 illegal colonies in IMC’s jurisdiction, and 73 illegal colonies in the 29 villages recently included in the corporation limits.   The Madhya Pradesh High Court, Indore Bench, had received a petition on this issue. According to the petitioners, the state government is against the regularisation of these…

Kerala HC denies government the power to negotiate unfair compensation for land acquisition
August 4, 2017

As per the latest developments in the land acquisition row regarding the Kochi Metro project, the Kerala High Court (HC) has ruled that the government cannot enforce negotiations for acquiring land in a way that is unfair to the land owner. This decision relates to the petitions filed by land owners in the state who were made to hand over their properties for the Kochi Metro project but did not receive compensation as per provisions of the new Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. The state government had countered that the new legislation does…

Goa RERA delayed; registration deadline pushed till October
July 31, 2017

Homebuyers in Goa are crestfallen as the state failed to notify the rules under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The central government had given states until July 31, 2017, to notify their RERA rules, set up regulatory authorities, and facilitate project registrations. RERA deems any unregistered project as unauthorised and is prohibited from being advertised or sold. However, since the fault lies with the state government which failed to meet the notification deadline, the ministry of urban development has decided to go easy on the real estate stakeholders. Goa government has decided to extend the registration deadline…

Pimpri Chinchwad civic body to allot homes to 560 slum dwellers
July 30, 2017

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will soon offer housing units to 560 slum dwellers. These units are located on the Chinchwad link road and have been constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). PCMC officials shave shared that the original plans was to build around 13,000 units at multiple locations. However, issues like non-availability of land and cost escalation meant that only 6,500 units could be constructed. It should be noted that in 2015, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), observed serious irregularities in the implementation of the PCMC project, following which slum rehabilitation projects…

Nagpur Smart City likely to include Sitabuldi, Mahal, Mominpura
July 21, 2017

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to include some of the most densely populated areas of the city in the smart city project. Sitabuldi, Jail Ward, Mominpura, Mahal, and Rambagh Slum are some of the areas likely to be added to the Nagpur Smart City project. Officials state 15 sectors will be taken up under the area based development component of the smart city project and will undergo retrofitting, redevelopment, or greenfield development. NMC has selected Chinchbhuvan for greenfield development, and a private agency has been appointed for the preparation of a draft which is due in nine months. Earlier, only…

GST impact: No new property construction in Dehradun
July 18, 2017

The rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has hit new residential supply in Dehradun. Not a single construction has started post GST implementation although building maps of overall 14 real estate projects have been passed by the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) till June. Experts opined that the GST has adversely affected the real estate sector as prices of raw materials such as iron, steel and sand have shot up to 15 percent. Inflated prices of raw material have slowed down the construction work at various sites. There are over 100 group realty projects where thousands of residential units…

Goa RERA delayed; registration deadline likely to be extended
July 17, 2017

While the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) came into effect across the country on May 1, some states, including Goa, are yet to notify the state rules. Officials state that the final rules for Goa RERA are ready and will be notified by July 31. As per RERA, developers have to register with the authority by July 31. However, since Goa does not have any rules or authority in place, industry experts anticipate that developers in the state will get additional time to register all eligible projects under the Act. Francis D’Souza, urban development minister, commented that builders…

No government project registered with Rajasthan RERA till now
July 17, 2017

Despite the availability of an active portal for the Rajasthan Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), the number of registrations with the authority remain low. While seven projects by private developers across the state have been registered so far with the regulatory authority, no government housing project has applied for registration under RERA. Meanwhile, only 19 agents have registered with RERA since May 1. It has been over two months since RERA came into effect, however, registrations under the revolutionary reform continues to receive lukewarm response from developers. The state government has even written to urban improvement trust (UITs), Rajasthan…

RERA registration number must for property registrations in Madhya Pradesh
July 17, 2017

Madhya Pradesh government has announced that developers will not be able to register any properties with the registrar until they register themselves under the state Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). To enforce this rule, the local stamp and registrar office has been asked to discourage property registration by builders who are operating in the state without enrolling under Madhya Pradesh RERA. Further, it has been made compulsory for builders to mention their RERA registration number at the time of applying for property or land registrations. In addition, the district administration has declared all residential and commercial projects in the state…

Nagpur builders file petition against RERA provisions in HC
July 13, 2017

Challenging the provisions of restricting sale of property, opening of escrow account, and registration of existing projects under Maharashtra Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 (RERA), four builders have filed a petition in Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. All four builders - Swapnil Promoters and Developers Pvt Ltd (SPD), Swapnil Associates (SA), Sukhyog Construction Pvt Ltd (SCPL), and Guru Construction (GC) - have termed certain provisions of the Act as unconstitutional. In a reply to the petition, a notice was issued to Union Secretary for Department of Urban, Housing and Poverty Alleviation, State Urban Development Department, and Real…

Rajasthan to get a full-fledged regulatory authority soon
July 11, 2017

Homebuyers in Rajasthan will soon take a sigh of relief as the state has commenced the process of setting up a permanent regulatory authority under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). Meanwhile, the additional chief secretary (ACS) of urban development and housing (UDH) department has been functioning as the interim regulator for the real estate sector. The state’s UDH written to the finance department about its intention to appoint a staff of 49 members for the regulatory authority. The appointments are likely to take a month, share officials. Rajasthan’s regulatory authority will consist of members from planning, legal, finance,…

Coimbatore seeks increased production of manufactured sand
July 9, 2017

Restricted supply of sand has hit Coimbatore’s real estate market. With the supply dropping from 40,000 loads to just 4,000 a day, construction and realty players have become dependent on manufactured sand (M-sand). However, since there are just 12 manufacturers of the material in the region, developers have requested the government to enhance the production of M-sand. Experts share that the total capacity of M-sand production in Coimbatore is 50 loads, which is insufficient to meet the demand. While other states produce M-sand is much larger capacity, Coimbatore developers are prohibited from purchasing from them by the Mines Act. This…

Agra development body directs property owners to install rainwater harvesting systems
July 8, 2017

In order to collect rain water during monsoon, the Agra Development Authority (ADA) has issued notices to residential and commercial properties in the city, directing the owners to install rain water harvesting systems. 471 properties have received such noticed. Moreover, inspection will be carried out soon to ensure successful execution of the order.   As per the state government’s 2008 directive, every property spread over 300 sq m or more should have rain water harvesting systems. However, despite the directive being in place for about a decade, the installation of water conserving system across the city has remained an issue.…

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