Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Government may remove the mandatory three-year lock-in period for overseas investments

To boost FDI in real estate Govt may scrap 3-year lock-in

Delhi:To boost foreign direct investment (FDI) in real estate, the government may remove the mandatory three-year lock-in period for overseas investments in the sector.The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) has proposed this move, with a draft cabinet note on the proposal being circulated for inter-ministerial consultations.


Lodha builders honored with Best Developer Involved in High-End Residential Properties

Mumbai: Lodha builders Pvt Ltd, Mumbai’s premium real estate developer, has been honoured with “Best Developer Involved in High-End Residential Properties” across India, by construction source india, which is unique in offering a holistic platform for the construction and building material industry. Construction source india had honored architects and builders for their contribution to various aspects of urban development.


The online building plans acceptance scheme started by PCMC

Pune: In order to speed up the working process in the administration the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has introduced the e-governance system. The introduction of e-governance system has facilitated online submission of property tax, submission of tenders, water tax and system for submission of octroi statements for a large number of industries. In addition to this, the online building plans acceptance scheme started by PCMC on a trial basis.


Bangalore Shifts into one BHK homes

Bangalore: Many developers in the city are looking at building— 1-BHK ranging between 500 sqft and 800 sqft with a price tag of around Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. Electronic City, Whitefield, Marathahalli and Bannerghatta Road are the current hotspots for 1-BHK and studio apartments. Brigade Group, which just announced the launch of its value homes, says that 30% to 40% of the 10,000 units it’s expected to build would comprise 1-BHK units.


The new assembly complex will lead by example in the area of water conservation

Chennai: The Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) coming up inside the new Tamil Nadu Assembly complex in the Omandurar Government Estate on Anna Salai will help save about 2.5 lakh liters of water a day. The rainwater harvesting structures there will store 1.2 lakh liters while the STP, likely to come up on the Sivananda Salai side, will treat 2.5 lakh litres of water everyday.

Residential prices have started to look up in all markets

Hyderabad:According to the report, NCR and Mumbai have seen values climb up with the return of investors and an end users interest in the realty market in the third quarter ending September 2009.However, prices in cities in south India have stabilized, with the exception of Bangalore, which is still witnessing a slight correction.Rental and capital values in third quarter witnessed minimal correction in Hyderabad as price points inched closer to buyer expectations.


Drive to seal properties on which property tax dues have not been cleared

Pune: On Monday, four properties in Hadapsar and Kondhwa, on which property tax arrears totalling Rs 40 lakh were to be paid, were sealed.”We appeal to citizens to pay property tax to avoid such action.” Vilas Kanade said.

The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) tax collection and assessment department has undertaken drive to seal properties on which property tax dues have not been cleared despite issuing notices. The department’s head Vilas Kanade said the drive will continue.

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UP govt decided to increase property registration fee

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to increase property registration fee from exisiting Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000. The decision to hike property registration fee will earn the department an additional revenue of Rs 75 crore annually.

At present Rs 5,000 is the maximum fee charged for registration for executing sale deed of a property. UP government has decided to increase property registration fee to a maximum of Rs 10,000 from this december 1.

Principal Secretary Tax and Registration Desh Deepak Varma told news agency “Fee being charged at the time of registration of properties will be hiked from existing Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 from December 1,”. He said now one per cent fee would be charged for the registration of a property up to Rs 2.5 lakh and two per cent for properties above Rs 2.5 lakh.However, this fee will not be more than Rs 10,000.It will also provide relief to those who own property of value less than Rs 2.5 lakh.

Delhi Government has Finalized the draft of a new legislation on property

Delhi Government has Finalized the draft of a new legislation on property

: Delhi Government has finalized the draft of a new legislation on property aimed for checking fraudulent property transaction and will be introduced soon in Delhi Assembly. Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said the draft of the Delhi Urban Property Registration and Titling Act 2009 is ready and will be introduced in Delhi Assembly soon.The new legislation will provide a legal framework for granting property titles to all owners.

Flat One per cent Charge on Property Registrations

Mumbai: Revenue department has approved a proposal to levy a flat one per cent charge on property registrations with immediate effect.The decision on the one per cent property registration fee was taken by then Revenue Minister Patangrao Kadam early this year but was stayed ahead of elections. The stay was lifted by Revenue Minister Narayan Rane.

Hundreds Of Property Owners Hounded By BBMP Despite Having Paid Tax

Bangalore: BBMP has sent nearly 2 lakh notices over the past 10 days. May 30, 2009, was the last date to pay the second half installment without penalty for 2008-09. Technically, the BBMP has powers to issue notices from September. However, the process was delayed till the compilation was complete.

Online Platforms are helping Residence of Apartment communicate better

Chennai: Associations with not-so-tech-savvy members are taking help to design the online platform. Bangalore-based start-up claims to have its presence in 22 cities. In Chennai, the company has designed the online apartment management tool for around 1,500 communities, where services like maintenance fee tracker, issue tracker, SMS reminders for active residents and owners’ association members come installed. Online communities help address issues effectively, particularly when members have no time to attend association meetings.


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AP plans Integrated townships plan to tide over the shortage of affordable housing

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has devised a model `integrated townships plan’ to tide over the shortage of affordable housing in the state. According to state housing minister, a recent survey had indicated that nearly 1.76 lakh houses are needed to be built for urban people in the state.  State housing minister C Shilpa Mohan Reddy said that the biggest barriers to realtors in providing affordable housing were skyrocketing of prices of land and raw materials, and over-taxing of housing that accounts for almost one-third of the cost.

At a one-day seminar on ‘Housing For All’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Reddy said that as part of this plan the state government was in the process of allotting 100 acres of land in each of the municipal corporations, 50 acres in each of the municipalities, and 10 acres in each mandal.
Apart from this, the state government is constructing 26,000 flats in and around Hyderabad and 50,000 flats across the state under its own `Rajiv Swagruha scheme’.The state government had also taken up a massive housing scheme for those living below the poverty line (BPL) under the `Indiramma Program‘. About 81 lakh houses have been sanctioned in rural and urban areas for BPL families, of which about 27 lakh houses have already been completed.

The biggest barriers to realtors providing affordable housing were skyrocketing of prices of land and raw materials, and over-taxing of housing. If taxing of housing is made more rational and transparent, and levied through a single-window, then it will help the developers a great deal in providing affordable housing.


AP plans integrated townships to provide affordable housing