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Chandigarh (H&UD) portal providing regularization of properties

Chandigarh: Owners now can easily regularize their properties that fall under unauthorized developed colonies on the portal of Punjab housing and development.

Cabinet minister, Aman Arora said that Punjab Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) is now providing various services including regularization of plots and buildings, procuring NOCs, and change of ownership, at a click in a mandated timeline. Earlier, applicants had to visit many times to government offices to get these basic services. 

Minister also said, “Giving a major reprieve to the people who bought properties in unauthorized colonies, the H&UD department has introduced a facility for online submission and processing of applications on the regularisation portal www.punjabregularization.in for obtaining NOC. Further, the timeline for issuance of NoCs has also been reduced to 15 working days from the earlier stipulated period of 21 days to ensure quick and timely disposal of applications”. 

The allottees whose properties fall under the unauthorized colonies developed can avail the facility of regularization before March 19, 2018.

Minister added that initially, the H&UD department had also made digitally signed permission access to the owners of their properties, thereby bringing in 100 percent transparency in the functioning of the department, which will further create a mechanism that people won’t need to file RTI to access these permissions. I have been personally monitoring the status of online services and delay in the disposal of any application will not be tolerated. 

All the applications regarding these 25 services are being processed online; besides providing services i.e. real-time tracking of applications, issuance of digitally signed certificates, and intimation through SMS alert, said the minister. 

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Indore Collector directed strict action against developing illegal colonies

Indore: Revenue officials, including SDMs, are directed to take strict action against developing illegal colonies in their respective areas.

Ilayaraja T said, “All SDMs and revenue officials should keep a close watch on their respective areas and ensure that no new colony would develop without obtaining requisite permissions. Strict action should be taken against colonizers developing colonies illegally”. 

The collector also instructed for quick disposal of the mutation and demarcation applications.

The collector asked all officials and employees to work for public welfare with a positive attitude, and take a pledge to ensure quick resolution of pending challenges and bring transparency to their work.

Collector also emphasized taking appropriate action if any negligence is found on part of officials or employees in the timely disposal of issues related to the public and cases registered at the CM Helpline and Samadhan Online Portal. 

collector issued a show-cause notice in the meeting, to two officials for showing dereliction of duties related to CM Helpline and PM Awas Yojana. 

He also directed an inquiry into alleged allotment of flats under PMAY to ineligible people in Manpur Nagar Parishad, along with an investigation into preparing and painting work carried out in government schools. A fund of Rs 3 lakh has been provided to each government school in the district. 

Collector said that the Zila panchayat CEO will rope in engineers to complete the probe. Based on the reports, senior officials will randomly verify it, while strict action will be taken on finding any violation/corruption in the work. Public participation should be sought for painting and arranging required resources/materials in the primary and middle schools. He also added that no single primary and middle school will be left without an electricity connection. 

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CM ordered officials to distribute title deeds to the beneficiaries in 2,000 villages

Andhra Pradesh: CM directed officials to complete the distribution of title deeds by January 2023 at a review meeting of the scheme held at his Tadepalli camp office.

In a review meeting of the scheme held at Tadepalli camp office on Monday, taking stock of the distribution of title deeds Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the official to complete the distribution of permanent title deeds to the beneficiaries in 2,000 villages where the first phase of resurvey has been completed under the YSR Jagan Mohan Saswatha Bhu Hakku Mariyu Bhu Raksa Scheme. The officials are ordered to complete the distribution by January 2023. 

CM told them to recruit necessary staff in more than 15,000 village and ward secretariats by taking the village secretariat as a unit, responding to the action plan outlined by the officials to take up the survey in 2,000 villages under the second phase, and completing the distribution of title deeds by February 15. 

The resurvey should be foolproof and of high standards as the task is going on like a Maha Yagnam and bound to re-write the history. 

CM urged that after handing over the title deeds, individual letters be written to all beneficiaries explaining how they are being benefited while getting relief from the complex land disputes and court cases arising out of Section 22-A.

Previously the officials told the chief minister that permanent title deeds were handed over to 7,29,000 people in 2,000 villages in 3.4 lakh subdivisions under the first phase that witnessed 2 lakh mutations and 92,000 first-time entries. As many as 19,000 land disputes were solved besides saving Rs 37.57 crore people’s money.

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Homebuyers of 15 housing societies protested demanding the handover of flats and registry

Noida: On Sunday, hundreds of homebuyers protested at Ek Murti Chowk demanding the handover of flats by developers who have not fulfilled their promise of timely delivery of homes and its subsequent registry. Protesters threatened a “massive agitation” in upcoming days and said that they would continue to demonstrate every week until their demands get fulfilled. 

Buyers of over 15 group housing projects like Upcountry, Supertech Eco Village 1, 2, and 3, Apex Golf Avenue, Jm Florence, Casa Greens One, Amaatra Homes, Ajnara Homes, Earthcon, La Residentia, and more protested on Sunday demanding handover of flats.

“In many societies of Greater Noida West, the registry of flats has been stuck for a long time. There are thousands of homebuyers who haven’t been handed their flats even after years. It’s Christmas today. Instead of celebrating it, we are here, protesting under the statue of Gautam Buddha for what is rightfully ours,” said Mr. Abhiskek Kumar, President of the Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (NEFOWA).

Kumar also said that they would not buy assurances now. The government cannot ignore the problems of home buyers like this. They should start the registry of flats immediately. Those who have not got their flats for 12 years should be given ownership now without any further delay. 

A stalemate has continued for four years over the interest at which builders should pay the development authorities for the delay in clearing land dues. 

This has held up the registries of thousands of flats, with the authorities asserting that developers pay first. Credai, the body of developers has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court over the interest rate. A hearing is scheduled for 19 January. 

Their sustained campaign on the streets and online prompted Noida  MP Mahesh Sharma to raise in the Lok Sabha the issue of delayed handover of flats. 

A flat without a registry creates a serious threat to the buyers, they do not become the legal owners until the registry. Financial institutions charge high interest on home loans. The private banks do not give any home improvement loans. The flats cannot be sold as they would not fetch a proper price in absence of a registry, said Mihir Gautam, one of the protesters. 

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Ansal Properties & Infrastructure directors summoned to the court for concealing material facts and misleading the court

Delhi High Court has summoned the directors of real estate company Ansal Properties & Infrastructure to explain the “concealment of facts” from the court and an attempt to “frustrate” its orders. The court directed the directors to be present personally in the court on January 23.

The high court said in an order passed this week that the real estate developer and the finance company have not only concealed material facts and misled the court they also acted in a manner as to frustrate the order(s) passed by the court. 

The court has directed the lawyers for Ansal Properties and the finance company, RSD Finance to file a list of the directors of the companies within two weeks. The directions were passed on a petition filed by Mr. Suresh Kumar and others on the basis of an October 2010 collaboration agreement executed between them and Ansal Properties for the development of about 3.575 acres of land in Gurgaon. 

As per the agreement, Ansal was to develop the land by constructing a residential/group housing/commercial colony after obtaining all the permissions from the authorities. The company had permits to dispose of “its share” of the built-up area of the project.

Since the developer failed to carry out any development work on the land, they appealed to the court that the company must restrain from making any third-party rights on the plots. 

The high court noted in its order that on the first date of hearing the petitioner (on January 14, 2022) a statement was made by the lawyers for the developer that the current situation would be maintained regarding title and possession of the properties including the two plots in contention. 

Petitioners allegedly said that despite the undertaking given to the court, third-party rights were created by the developer in favor of the finance company. 

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Bengaluru civic body collected 2,600 crores so far as property tax, the target is to collect 4,000 crores for the 2022-23 fiscal

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) is finding it tough to meet its target of collecting Rs 4,000 crore as property tax for the 2022-23 fiscal as against the current collection of 2,600 crores so far.

Tushar Giri Nath BBMP chief commissioner said, “We will surely end the financial year by collecting more than what we had in the last financial year, the goal is to meet the Rs 4,000 crore. The entire machinery was busy with electoral roll duties in the past month or so, but the focus will be back on tax collection”. 

BBMP had revealed data on November 25, that the civic body collected Rs 2,641 crore as property tax from four categories of buildings – residential, non-residential, and residential-plus plus no-residential and industrial.  

Among the measures, it has put in place to increase collection are the identification of properties through the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) database, recovery of taxes from malls, and review of a percentage of self-assessment affidavits.

The Palike has collected more than Rs 11,000 crore in property tax in the last four years.  

Palike is already working on identifying the defaulters through various means. Previously the civic body was collecting tax from property owners under the provision of rules of section 108 (a) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC)  Act, 1976, which allow the civic body the power to only seize movable properties of defaulters. 

Now the tax is being collected under section 144 of the BBMP Act, 2020, which provides power to the Palike to seize the movable, immovable properties and bank accounts of tax defaulters. 

Giri Nath said, “We are collecting the property details from Bescom, as they have several properties that are not in our database. Also, wherever OCs (occupation certificates) have been issued, we need to look at why there is no Khata”. They are gearing up for proactive property tax collecting from December 25 or early January and are confident of collecting at least another Rs 1,000 crore by then.

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RWA wrote a letter to Noida Authority asserting the delay in cleaning rubbles of the Twin Towers

Noida Authority on Monday directed the company that held the demolition, to remove the debris of Supertech twin towers from the site to wind up the work by January-end.


The move comes following a letter received by the authority from the residents’ welfare association (RWA), asserting the delay in clearing the debris, which was supposed to be completed by November 28. 

Besides, the authority directed Edifice Engineering company to clear a damaged driveway of Emerald Court, which happened during the demolition, so the developer Supertech could rebuild it.

The company is digging out steel and iron bars at the base of the twin towers. RWA asserted that the company has already reached the permitted depths and further digging would harm the nearby buildings. 

The Twin Towers were demolished on August 28 upon the orders of the Supreme Court. Three months were fixed by the court for removing the 80,000 tonnes of debris from the site. 

The debris was supposed to get cleared by the deadline of November 28, but the work is far from over. Over 48,000 tonnes of 80,000 tonnes is supposed to be used to fill the basement surroundings, while 28,000 tonnes will reach the C&D plant for processing. Around 4,000 tonnes of iron and steel bars, supposed to be retrieved during the extraction process, would be sold by Edifice to revive part of the demolition cost. 

 The Emerald Court RWA recently claimed in a letter that Edifice was digging deeper without technical supervision near two towers Aster 2 and Aster 3, creating menace for their foundation.  

RWA also added in a letter that Edifice Engineering was supposed to hand over the site to Supertech for building the driveway within 30 days. Then Supertech was supposed to construct and hand over the driveway to the residents within three months of the demolition. 

According to the sources, a Central Building Research Institute report is required before breaking the Twin Towers’ basement raft. So, Edifice would have to wait for the institute’s approval before undertaking that part of the work. 

A senior Noida Authority official said that they have heard all the concerns of RWA and instructed Edifice to wind up the work by the end of January. They have asked the company to reduce the number of machines to maintain the permissible limit, considering noise pollution. They have also asked Supertech to pay the amount for debris processing at the C&D plant and speed up the construction of the 9-meter passage.

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Owners must register their PGs otherwise, taxes would be charged

A PG accommodation in Sector 32, Chandigarh, caught fire which killed 3 girls on 22 February 2020. The incident forced the MC, Gmada, and police to challan unregistered PGs. However, their efforts have diminished since then.

Recent raids in housing societies found criminals were living in PG accommodations. Gmada constituted the PG policy which was not implemented in the past five years. A record given by the Gmada accounts that only 83 PGs are registered in Mohali against over 600 PGs in Mohali. The authority has directed that the PG owners are required to obtain a no-objection certificate from the Resident Welfare Association (RWA).

The lack of strictness in implementing norms has led to the emergence of illegal PG accommodations in Mohali. Two years after declaring that it would launch a drive to check unregistered PG accommodations in Mohali, Gmada has failed to do so.

While police claimed to have been conducting a drive to investigate the background of the people residing in PG accommodations along with registers maintained by PG owners. Police officials said that they do not have the power to seal the illegal PGs, this could be done only by the Gmada.

Former deputy mayor and current councilor Manjit Singh Sethi said that earlier this year, he raised an agenda to charge commercial rates for electricity and water from PG owners, but no action was taken by the civic body.

Sethi said that commercializing the power and water bills of such PG owners will curb the people opening PG accommodations. In such a manner opening illegal PGs will also reduce the diminishing risk of sheltering bad elements.

SSP Sandeep Garg said that area SHOs are directed to conduct checks at various PGs under their jurisdiction. He added that directions will be issued once again and get a weekly report from SHOs about checking PG accommodations and whether they were running in accordance with the policy or not.

Police officials could not provide any data of Challans served on PGs for the past two years, they said that the exercise had been discontinued because of the covid pandemic but would be resumed.

According to the Gmada policy, owners will need to pay Rs 10,000 as a processing fee for three-year to run a PG. The applicant would have to get permission renewed every three years.

Officials said that people who don’t get their PG registered would have to pay taxes applicable on the commercial property in addition to paying more as electricity bill.

Gmada estate officer said, “we issue notices based on the survey report. A PG is sealed only after a personal hearing. About 25 PG accommodations have been registered so far and we have sealed five. A survey would be conducted in coordination with the local police and final action taken once the survey was completed”.

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CoS will make a final decision on Integrated Dharavi Development

Mumbai: The Committee of Secretary constituted nearly 14 years ago and it is being reconstituted as per the requirement for rapid implementation of the project.

The state government has reorganized the Committee of Secretary (CoS) to finalize the decision on the Rs 23,000 crore Integrated Dharavi Redevelopment project. The CoS decision will then be put forward before the state cabinet for approval before the award letter is issued. 

According to a special government resolution (GR) issued by the housing department, the CoS was constituted nearly 14 years ago. It is being reconstituted with the need for the rapid implementation of the project. The panel will continue to be headed by the state chief secretary.

Former CS Swadhin Ksh-atriya has been taken off the committee and also from the representation from the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit. 

The other CoS members include chiefs of BMC and MMRDA, additional chief secretaries of the two urban development departments, and CM’s secretary. 

Adani Infrastructure, having a bid of Rs 5,069 crore, is the highest bidder for the project.

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Builders request to remove double taxation in real estate deals

Jaipur: Developers pay stamp duty while purchasing land and on the execution of the development agreement. Again, the buyers are required to pay stamp duty while buying houses, said developers in a meeting with the principal secretary (finance) Akhil Arora.

Dhirendra Madan, president of Credai-Rajasthan said that the stamp duty and registration fees are being charged twice for the land creating an unnecessary burden on the investors and buyers.

Madan said in the feedback for a budget meeting, they suggested the finance secretary restrain the cascading effect of double stamp duty and registration charges and input credit should be granted to the buyer or investor in the same way as it is done in the GST mechanism.

A similar case is in the joint development agreement where a land owner   enters into a tie-up with the builder. The land owner and the developer pay 1% and 2% stamp duty respectively above the 1% registration charge.

Madan said in this case too the right of the land and the development is transferred to the buyer.

“Here too, there is an extra burden on the developer which is passed on to the buyer. We suggested the government give a resolution on stamp duty including registration charges of 0.5% which would help the development of the real estate sector.”

The real estate body has also pursued the attention of the government for encouraging green buildings in the state. States like Kerala are offering the exemption of 1% stamp duty on green buildings certified by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Also, Kerala has reduced property tax by up to 20% for such buildings.

“The state government should grant rebate in stamp duty for green buildings and self-sustainable residential projects to encourage the interest of the investors and developers,” said Madan.

In recent, the state government provided industry benefits to the tourism sector. Real estate developers also want such a policy for the real estate sector.

Developers cited the example of the Telangana government’s multiple benefits for real estate like 100% stamp duty reimbursement, land cost rebate of 25%, 15% investment subsidy, and 1% exemption in power tariffs. Madan said developers in the state should get rebates on land costs and conversion charges.

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