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DDA to engage with public for planning and formulation of MPD 2041

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will consult city residents and other stakeholders such as market and traders’ association, entrepreneurs, professionals, and especially youth for...

It’s now time to prevent mobility debacle, high cost of congestion & pollution: CSE

As Indian cities get ready to reopen the economy, public transport is becoming an urgent necessity. “The future and the ‘new normal’ that we...

Finance Minister announces relief measures to get back to work

Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala  Sitharaman yesterday evening announced series of measures focused on getting back to work i.e., enabling employees and employers, businesses, especially...

This year ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ will observe social distancing

‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ which was started as a mass movement last year will be implemented this year also but by observing social distancing. It...

78,000 ‘ready to move in’ homes unsold across top cities

According to a report by Anarock Property Consultants, around 78,000 ready-to-move-in housing units, valued at Rs 65,950 crore, remain unsold in the country. It...

DDA to engage with public for planning and formulation of MPD 2041

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will consult city residents and other stakeholders such as market and traders’ association, entrepreneurs, professionals, and especially youth for the formulation of new Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2041.The...

It’s now time to prevent mobility debacle, high cost of congestion & pollution: CSE

As Indian cities get ready to reopen the economy, public transport is becoming an urgent necessity. “The future and the ‘new normal’ that we will be faced with post-lockdown,” says Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director-research...

Finance Minister announces relief measures to get back to work

Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala  Sitharaman yesterday evening announced series of measures focused on getting back to work i.e., enabling employees and employers, businesses, especially Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, to get back to production...

This year ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ will observe social distancing

‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ which was started as a mass movement last year will be implemented this year also but by observing social distancing. It will be ensured that all works are undertaken with strict...

78,000 ‘ready to move in’ homes unsold across top cities

According to a report by Anarock Property Consultants, around 78,000 ready-to-move-in housing units, valued at Rs 65,950 crore, remain unsold in the country. It accounts for nearly 12 per cent of the 6.44 lakh...

Lockdown Will cement industry see a price war?

Extension of lockdown was the last thing one would have expected in cement industry who have not seen single rupee business in last few weeks. Now the same condition will continue for few more...

RERAs should extend project completion timeline up to 1 year: PHDCCI

The PHD Chamber of Commerce in report has suggested that Real Estate Regulatory Authorities in the states to extend the deadline for completion of projects by six months to 1 year in the wake...

Demonstration housing projects under PMAY-U Mission initiated

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is facilitating the adoption of modern, innovative and green technologies and building materials for faster and quality construction of houses under Technology Sub-Mission component of PMAY-U...

The government to come out with policy on Data Centre

According to Nirmal Sitharaman, the government is planning to bring out soon a policy to enable private sector to build Data Centre parks throughout the country.  This will enable the firms (mainly in private...

Govt to set up Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation

The government has decided to set up Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation under Ministry of Culture which will have the status of a deemed University to start with. An announcement to this effect...

Government plans 5 smart cities through PPP

The government in its latest Budget has proposed to develop five new smart cities in collaboration with States in PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode.  The government has not yet identified the location for these...

Amendment to Delhi Master Plan blamed for fire tragedy

According to some local residents in Delhi, vigilant authorities could have prevented the tragedy. According to Fire officials frequent fire calls from the area were normal and many a time it was treated as...

Restructuring of CPWD complete

According to Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri restructuring of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been fully implemented. A study on the...

6,400 ha land offered under land pooling

According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs a total of 6,071 applications have been received on the web-portal through which 6,409.60 Hectare of land has been registered for expression of willingness to...

AP Govt cancels its agreement with SAIH

Andhra Pradesh government has reportedly cancelled the contract with Singapore Amaravati Investment Holdings (SAIH). SAIH was engaged in the start-up area development of 6.84 square km area in Andhra's proposed new capital, Amaravati. This...

NCR – 2041 calls for citizen-centric plan

National Capital Region - 2041 conclave which was held in Delhi wants to make the next Master Plan for the region more citizen-centric. The conclave was organized by the National Capital Region Planning Board...

Govt initiates Anti-Subsidy Investigation on MDF imports

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has initiated Anti-Subsidy Investigation concerning imports of MDF from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Greenply Industries Limited/ Greenpanel Industries Limited, Century Plyboards (India) Ltd. and...

GCC may soon impose ADD on Indian tiles

If the proposed move by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comes true, tiles manufacturers in Morbi will be in for another shocker after facing a series of setbacks in last few months. According to...

House Building Advance Reduced from 8.5% to 7.9%

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has reduced the rate of interest on House Building Advance from existing 8.5% to 7.9% for a period of one year, irrespective of the loan amount of...

Realtors are disappointed over FM measures

Realtors feel that the recently announced incremental measures to address concerns of the real estate sector by the government may have limited impact in changing the fortunes of the industry which is facing liquidity...

Order book of CPWD swells to Rs 150000 crore

In yet another confirmation of premier Central Government authority in charge of public sector works regaining its lost ground in recent years, orders booked including works in progress and in pipeline of Central Public...

Maharashtra State government offers sops to realtors

Maharashtra state government has relaxed several norms relating to environmental clearances for construction projects. These relaxations would help in easing permissions and processes mandated by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and Ministry of...

Timeline for public comments on Draft NREP extended

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has extended the timeline to invite comments on Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy (NREP) by another month i.e. till 24.09.2019. It may be recalled here that...

NOAPS launched for 517 local bodies in six States

An integrated NOC online Application Processing System for National Monuments Authority (NMA) for 517 local bodies of six states has been launched which would help in online processing of applications requesting NOC for construction...

Proposed reduction in FSI premium may not help home buyers

Maharashtra Government’s proposed reduction in FSI premium is unlikely to bring the prices of housing stocks down and the home buyers may not get any relief in reality. The reduction is likely to be...

‘RERA has begun to show effect’: Puri

According to Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, RERA is here to stay and has begun to show its effect. He also called RERA a resounding success. Mr Puri...

Now Awards for PMAY(U) Beneficiaries

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has instituted PMAY(U) Awards for Beneficiaries for the first time to recognise the contribution of States/UTs, Urban Local Bodies and Beneficiaries. This special award for beneficiaries aims to...

DDA gets land pooling offer for 1763 ha land

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has received a total of 1,880 applications with an expression of willingness to participate in Land Pooling Policy. In all DDA has received expression of willingness for 1,763 hectares of...

Draft Resource Efficiency Policy sets tough targets

According to draft National Resource Efficiency Policy – 2019, by 2025 30% of total public procurement of materials for civil construction should be from recycled materials. The Draft wants the Municipalities in Tier 1...

New Code on Occupational Safety, etc., introduced in LS

The Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha yesterday to amend the laws regulating the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions of the persons employed in an establishment....

Customs duty hiked for some home improvement items

Some of the home improvement and furnishing items will become costlier as the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has decided to hike the customs duty of certain items. Also, the aim of the government is...

The Budget tries to tackle NBFC crisis

The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has realised the seriousness of Non Banking Finance Companies (NBFC) crisis and has felt that there is an urgent need to tackle the problem. The Budget 2019 which incidentally...

Budget 2019 fails to meet high expectations

This is the first budget for Modi 2.0 and also it is the first budget of our new Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. So expectations were high and people were hoping for some path breaking...

CCI examining cartelisation by cement companies

Recent increase in cement prices has not gone unnoticed either by the Commerce and Industry Ministry or by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). According to the written reply given by Piyush Goyal, the...

Credai & IGBC come together to accelerate green buildings

Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to accelerate the push towards the Green Building Movement in the...

This Zero Draft may get full marks from realtors

“Zero draft of the environment impact assessment notification 2019,” may become a new ground for face off for the new government with environmentalists and activists as it takes “ease of doing business” to its...

TERI signs MoU with UNSW

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) recently released its smart energy policy brief for cities at the fourth Australia-India Knowledge Exchange event held at University of New South Wales (UNSW). The policy brief titled...

SDMC revises standard facade control regulations

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has revised standard facade control regulations to create an aesthetically pleasing environment and maintain visual harmony in market places. To maintain visual harmony, a frosted opaque glass in...

Building Byelaws amended to make way for EVM charging infra

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has made amendments to the Model Building Byelaws (MBBL) 2016 and Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines 2014 making provisions for establishing Electric...

MoHUA launches Light House Projects challenge

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has instituted a challenge for States/ UTs to select six sites across the country for constructing the Lighthouse projects under Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC- India). The...

Only 11 Govt buildings have been awarded GRIHA rating

According to R. K. Singh, Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power (I/C), so far, 11 Government buildings have been awarded ‘Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment’ (GRIHA) Ratings. GRIHA rating...

Punjab government signs MoU with Quarkcity for 2nd phase of project

The Punjab government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with QuarkCity India Private Ltd to create state-of-the-art industrial parks, industrial and model towns and integrated townships in the second phase of the project...

RERA makes slow start in Telangana

Enthusiasm which the realtors in Andhra and Telangana had shown in registering their project with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is completely absent while registering their projects under RERA. As many as 32 real estate...

Puducherry to appoint chairperson for RERA

Puducherry is perhaps one of the last states/UTs to take steps to set up Real Estate Regulatory Authority. The Union Territory Government has moved towards appointing chairperson and two members for Puducherry Real Estate...

People dying in illegal high-rise : SC

Supreme Court has taken a strong note of the recent fire incident in a posh Mumbai high-rise that claimed four lives. The Apex Court has said the people were dying in such illegally-constructed buildings...

MOHUA clarifies on controversy over difference in ranking

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MOHUA) has come out with a clarification as to why there is difference in the raking of two cities of Delhi and Mumbai by the MOHUA and...

One lakh RAC service technicians to be trained

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Ministries of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to jointly undertake upskilling and certification of 100,000 refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) service...

WBHIRA dilutes RERA: Report

According to a report released by the rating agency ICRA, the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (WBHIRA), which was notified recently, deviates from certain key provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development)...

Mumbai DP to come into effect from June 23

Much awaited Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034 will come into force from June 23. It may be remembered here that on May 23rd a notification was published about the DP in a state government...

Sand mining to be auctioned in Dehradun

The district administration of Dehradun will start auction for sand mining in Rispana, Bindal, Nalapani, Kunduwala and Bangal rivers from May 28. It may be noted that last year mining was not allowed in...

GMDA signs MoU for implementation of Smart city initiatives

Telecom Sector Skill Council and Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to work jointly in the endeavour of GMDA in implementation of Smart city initiatives...

RERA aims to increase professionalism – MHUA

According to Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, RERA aims to increase professionalism & pan India standardization, along with establishing symmetry of information between the promoter &...

Telangana to use data for urban planning

Data is being increasingly used in urban studies and planning practices in developed countries including China. India too seems to be not lagging far behind in this direction. For example, Telangana has decided to...

MahaRERA to use GIS to map realty projects

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) will map the real estate projects in Maharashtra on the Geographical Information System (GIS). MahaRERA will be adding a new feature in its website where all registered...

Quick analysis of e-way bill impact

Post the introduction of the e-way bill, organised sector in building materials sector hopes for volume revival with better tracking of movement of goods. However, growth may be gradual and not sudden as unorganized...

Govt uses Space technology to monitor housing projects

Space technology and IT platforms are being used by the government for the first time to monitor complete cycle of house construction, right from identification of beneficiary to each stage of construction of houses...

New forest policy provides for urban green spaces

The government has come out with draft National Forest Policy, 2018 and has put the same in public domain for public information and submission of specific comments. Unlike the National Forest Policy 1988 which...

Cement prices & Consumption decline in February

In February, cement prices in general saw a decline of Rs 5 per bag due to poor demand in North India. Poor demand was due to multiple reasons. For example, in Rajasthan, cement demand...

Cement prices remain flattish in January

An interaction with the cement dealers revealed that cement prices, at around Rs 311/bag, in January remained almost at the same level as was in the previous month. However, if you compare January 2018...

Steel prices to remain firm

Recent proposal of USA to impose 25% duty on steel imports will not have much impact on world steel price, say some leading analysts. However, it will drive up steel prices in USA, thus...

India, Germany sign MoU for Smart Cities

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs(MoHUA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fⁿr Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) GmbH have signed an MoU for an Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India. The objective of the programme...

Chandigarh UT okays self-certification scheme

Chandigarh UT has okayed the self-certification scheme for approval of plans of commercial and industrial buildings which has come as major relief for the owners of commercial properties. Though the provision of self-certification was...

Skill enhancement of Haryana town planning officials mooted

Smart Cities are the in thing today and to make the city smarter not only we need smart technology but also people/administrators with smart mindset. Haryana Town and Country Planning department has realized this...

Haryana provides additional FAR for Green buildings

The draft of amendment in the Haryana Building Code-2017 provides for additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for ratings by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and Leadership in...

Metro construction waste to be recycled

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), an organization with a mandate to implement strategic projects in Mumbai, has turned eco-friendly. The Regional Planning Authority is considering a proposal to recycle the construction and demolition...

TN faces acute shortage of river sand

Tamil Nadu is facing severe shortage of river sand and if the state government doesn’t take some corrective measures construction activity in the state may come to grinding halt. While neighbouring states are not...

India will soon have a National Urban Policy

If everything goes as per plan, India may soon have a National Urban Policy which will focus on areas such as inclusive growth, infra finance system and robust urban information system. The government at...

Round 4 winning cities of National Smart Cities Challenge

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has announced the Round 4 winning cities of National Smart Cities Challenge. Silvassa from Dadar & Nagar Haveli has topped the list of winning cities in this round...

Real estate sector demands GST reduction in the Budget 2018

Indian real estate sector which is severely affected by subdued market condition which was further aggravated by series of government actions like demonetization of currency, introduction RERA and implementation of GST, expects relief measures...

e-Way Bill to come in force from Feb 1

The Finance Ministry has made it clear that the E-Way Bill under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will become mandatory from 1st February. Earlier there was confusion as to the exact date from...

Dahlberg suggests urban lab for Amaravati

The consulting agency Dahlberg has suggested setting up of an urban lab, Amaravati Planning Design Research Institute (APDRI), along the lines of urban design labs created in various cities across Europe. APDRI will be...

Building permissions based on self-declaration by architects

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will grant permission for building construction based on the self-declaration by architects and engineers. The architect or the engineer of the project has to submit self-declaration of approved plans,...

UP to outsource building approval process

Like many other states, Uttar Pradesh too is embarking on a project to automate its building approval process. At present, Uttar Pradesh is perhaps one of last few states where building approval process is...

No proposal to completely ban use of pet-coke and furnace oil throughout the country

According to Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change there is no proposal to completely ban use of pet-coke and furnace oil throughout the country for...

Hyderabad to have Energy code for commercial buildings

Hyderabad will be the first city in the country to have an online system of mandatory Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for commercial buildings. Increasing consumption and limited supply of power have forced Greater...

There is nothing cheerful for building materials in FICCI’s quarterly survey

Your celebratory mood for New Year may be dampened if you go through the latest quarterly survey of FICCI. For building materials industry, that is for cement and ceramics, subdued mood will be prolonged...

TN formulating common building rules for the state

The Tamil Nadu government is in advanced stage of formulating Common Building Rules regarding development control rules and plans in the state. The state government has already prepared a blueprint to frame ‘Tamil Nadu...

Changes in MEIS to help carpets and made ups

According to the Mid-term Review of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20 released by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr Suresh Prabhu, changes in export incentives under Merchandise Exports from India (MEIS) will...

US may impose antidumping duties on Chinese plywood

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) last week voted 4-0 to apply antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Chinese hardwood plywood entering the United States. The ITC’s affirmative determinations are just a precursor...

New law for regulating escalators in Maharashtra mooted

The Maharashtra state cabinet has given its nod for bringing in a new legislation to regulate functioning of lifts, escalators and moving walkways in the state. The proposed new law, Maharashtra Lift, Escalators and...

RERA says no but bankers think otherwise

According to RERA, housing projects that are less than eight (apartments) units need not be registered with the realty regulator. However, home lenders in Tamil Nadu insist that the projects even if they are...

Land parcels in Andhra Pradesh to have Aadhaar like code

While the government at the centre is trying to apply Aadhaar cards for everything, the government of Andhra Pradesh is planning to go one step further, giving unique codes for land parcels in the...

Export incentives under MEIS for made ups enhanced

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has issued a notice by which rates for incentives under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) for two subsectors of Textiles Industry, that is, readymade garments...

Building materials industry is the major gainer of GST reduction

In the meeting held on Friday, the GST Council has recommended major relief in GST rates on certain goods and services. These recommendations spread across many sectors and commodities. As per these recommendations, the...

Faridabad 2031 master plan approved

The Haryana government has approved the master plan for Faridabad for 2031 which may set the ball rolling for various urban development projects. Faridabad is the most populous city in the state of Haryana...

Vacant plots under Land Ceiling Act in M’Rashtra may be unlocked

Six months after Maharashtra state’s revenue department announced a policy permitting rezoning of lands declared vacant under the erstwhile Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, a legacy of socialist era, 1976, the urban development...

New township near Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway

A new township akin to Navi Mumbai is planned in Palghar district of Maharashtra near Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway. The bhoomi pujan for this Rs 3,800 crore project spread over 440.37 hectares of land will be...

As land pooling rules simplified in Delhi construction activity may pick up

Land pooling in Delhi has been further simplified for speedy execution which is expected to meet the rising demand for residential and other needs besides stimulating economic growth. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now...

Plywood manufacturers GST rate reduction hopes soar once again

Recent lenient approach of the government regarding GST rates and also relaxation of certain rules has rekindled the hopes Rs 20,000-crore plywood, plyboard, medium density fibreboard and particle-board industry of rate reduction. The industry...

Rajasthan’s online building plan approval system is a case of ‘so near yet so far’

At the start of this month the directorate of local bodies (DLB), Rajasthan announced the launch of Online Building Plan Approval System (BPAS) which aimed at doing away with the existing manual approval system....

With e-way bill system deferred, wait for growth has become longer

Some of the changes announced by the Finance Minister with regard to GST regime on 6th may be welcomed by the small and medium enterprises but may not be to the liking of the...

Know what India’s top 10 people in building materials industry have to say about GST

GST (Goods and Services Act), the single biggest tax reform undertaken by India in 70 years of independence, was introduced in the country with effect from 1st July. Corporate and consumer expectations of the...

Rising fuel cost adds to the cup of woes of ceramic manufacturers

Rising fuel price is a matter of grave concern for energy intensive sanitaryware manufacturing industry  who are already badly hit by poor demand due to double whammy of demonetization and GST. Under the normal...

Home textile makers hope government comes clear on RoSL

Home textiles makers hope the uncertainty regarding continuation of RoSL scheme (Rebate of State Levies) post September would be ended soon. The government had announced reduced RoSL rates for transition period from 1st July...

Myanmar allowing timber imports may be bad news for India

Myanmar may soon allow timber imports into the country to save its forests and allow the local wood based industry to survive. This also indicates that Myanmar may not lift domestic ban on cutting...

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DDA to engage with public for planning and formulation of MPD 2041

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will consult city residents and other stakeholders such as market and traders’ association, entrepreneurs, professionals, and especially youth for...

It’s now time to prevent mobility debacle, high cost of congestion & pollution: CSE

As Indian cities get ready to reopen the economy, public transport is becoming an urgent necessity. “The future and the ‘new normal’ that we...

Finance Minister announces relief measures to get back to work

Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala  Sitharaman yesterday evening announced series of measures focused on getting back to work i.e., enabling employees and employers, businesses, especially...

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