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HUDA goes digital for building plan approval

A new policy guideline by Haryana government to simplify building approval process and make way for transparency

In a major move towards going digital, Haryana Development Authority (HUDA) has decided to go online to ease the processes of building plan approval. All building plans have to be submitted online now and responsibility will be fixed to concerned architects to make assessments.

The Haryana Development Authority has abolished the existing manual system and put its new hi-tech system online for the entire state. This move is welcomed by entire developer fraternity hopping fast and easy approval and leaving no scope for corruption in the process, as the government is set to upload all such information and documents online to bring transparency in the system.

The state government was trying to put the system online for some time. The roadmap in this regard was prepared in May 2009 itself, and after seven years of hit and trial, the authority has finally managed to develop error-free software, titled ‘online approval of building plan’.

“The new online system is expected to ease the process of building plan approval and make it hassle-free. The digital system of sanctioning buildings and layout permissions will bring transparency in the approval system and even end-users can also trace the approved layout construction of the project. Prior to this, the existing system takes three to four months in approval,” says Ishwar Sharma of Ankur Realtors.

Baban Prasad Singh, who runs a property brokerage service in Gurgaon, says the online plan approval system is in public interest. The process will become simpler and everyone can access the document, approval status and remarks by authorities online.

In the past there have been many complaints of developers deceiving flat purchasers or investors by making fake claims regarding approved carpet and built-up and super built-up areas for under-constriction properties. Hopefully the new system will pile all information at one place that would be transparent and less-time consuming in case buyers want to verify it,” he says.

The notification for implementation of this online system was issued officially on June 15, 2016.

What was the process?

Under the old existing system, building plan approval was manual and time-consuming. The documented plan would pass through several prolonged and unmanageable processes. Normally, the applicant has to wait for much more than the given timeframe of minimum 21 days, causing unnecessary delays, irregularities and giving rise to more corruption in the system.

What is the new process?

According to experts, the new online process is enacted to hasten the old system and ensure homogeneous and uniform scrutiny throughout the state. As per HUDA notification, approval will be given to applicant in just six days under the new system.

Procedure for applying online  

The new online process is simple where the developer or owner initially has to fill the application online along with the drawings of building. These drawings are uploaded in an AutoCad format or in digital form on HUDA’s web portal, using the password and user ID of the architect registered with Huda. If the plan is technically approved by the AutoDCR (Automatic Development Control Rule), a printout of the plan, having signatures of the architect and the plot owner, along with required documents, will be submitted to the junior engineer.

The junior engineer will then submit a ground inspection report in two days, following which, the estate officer will take the final call on whether to approve or reject the plan.

What if plan is rejected?

Do not commit mistakes like uploading unsupported file format or not following the prescribed rules and regulations. Go through the instructions carefully and further proceed for quick approval. In case plan is not approved and sent for rejection, the concerned estate officer will have to give reason for the same. The current status of the online plan submission will be sent to the allotee through SMS, e-mail and post. Applicants can also see its status online using registered ID and password.

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GNIDA starts construction of another 6.5 km cycle track

This stretch will also support a pedestrian path with green belts along both sides of the corridor.

GREATER NOIDA: After putting into place 25kms of five different cycle tracks in the city, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority has started work on another 6.5 km cycling stretch. This stretch will also support a pedestrian path with green belts along both sides of the corridor. To come at a cost of Rs 5 crore, work is expected to be completed by October this year. The cycle track will be located along some parts of the meandering Lohia rivulet in Greater Noida.

 

According to officials, the track has been commissioned due to huge demand from users in the area, which houses not only residential sectors but also industrial and institutional areas. “The plan envisions to seamlessly blend nature with the cycle track as well as a pedestrian path. The idea is to transform the neglected space along the rivulet and the Hawalia drain by providing multiple benefits beyond aesthetics to citizens,” said Deepak Agarwal CEO, GNIDA. “The focus is to make the trail itself an attraction offering nature walks, cycling and much more,” he said.

Source : TOI

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Penalty for delayed projects to push demand

A new government rule says builders may have to pay 11 per cent interest for delay in possession of housing projects

In a new draft rules published on June 24, 2016 by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), developers might have to pay 11% interest for delayed housing projects if they miss deadlines. This rule is applicable to all Union Territories that do not have their own legislative bodies.

The same draft rules will also be notified to Delhi and other states to adopt. This move will bring a sense of big relief to home buyers and investors, especially in Noida-Greater Noida.

As per an ASSOCHAM report, the locality has more supply for residential projects and less takers. Most of the housing units which have been sold in these localities have been faltering on the possession dates and terms.

Highlights of the draft rules:

  • Home buyers can demand compensation from builders if they fails to deliver project within promised timeframe
  • Builders will have to pay interest 2% higher than the prime lending rate set by the State Bank of India.
  • Developers might have to pay 11.15% in case the housing project is delayed which is 2% higher than the SBI prime lending rate. At present bank rate for retail loans is 9.15%.
  • In case buyers are defaulter, they will be liable to pay the same interest to the developer
  • Both have to pay their penalty amount within 45 days
  • Construction of additional tower without any approval of the authority can cause cancellation of registration
  • All unfinished housing projects launched before 2012 can be termed as defaulters

Effects on property market

After the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Bill which become an Act this year, the new draft rules also aimed at fixing more accountability into real estate sector to developers or stakeholders.

Experts say these new rules in real estate industry help in winning the trust factor of the consumers. Buyers will have everything written on paper about the housing project in which he is investing. Projects delays have been a major cause of concern among home buyers and even puts more financial burden.

According to Aniket Tiwari, who runs a property brokerage service in Noida, “Home buyers who are waiting for possession of their units have complained against developers for delay. This new draft rule brings hope for them. They will feel more secure to park their money in real estate. This encourages the sentiment on demand side”.

Good for developers too

Experts say this rule will benefit developers too, as the fear of penalty will push them to complete the project within time. This way they can build their credibility. They should covert this as an opportunity and start working towards building trust among development authority and end-users.

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8 new norms that will boost NCR property market

A series of decisions and laws promise to bring good days to the real estate market

The real estate market has been reeling under a slump and trying hard to earn profits. However, in the last few months, a lot has been done to inject new life into the market. To make buying and selling process more crystal clear, laws have been enacted to bridge the gap between developers and end-users. Experts say these laws will have a positive impact on the demand. HappyKeys lists the new norms that give you strong reasons to buy new homes in the NCR market.

Service tax relaxation:  In a recent verdict, the Delhi High Court ruled that the buyers of under construction flats are exempted from paying service tax. The judgment says that no service tax can be charged from buyers who have purchased apartments after 2012. The court has also directed builders to refund the collected service tax with interest rate at 6%. The experts are of view that the exclusion of service tax from properties under construction is expected to witness improved market sentiments.

Circle rate cut to help market: Recently, Gurgaon administration has sought a 15 per cent cut in circle rate of properties. Market experts believe this move will push more buyers towards investing in the realty market and help to restore confidence in the real estate market.

REIT rule relaxation: Small investors have much to cheer about the government’s new policies that remove hurdles in real estate and offer easy norms to end-users. The new resolution gives freedom to REITs to invest more in under-construction projects. In a new amendment by SEBI, mid-segment investors can invest up to 20 per cent which is likely to lead to an increase in returns.

Floor safety rule: Noida and Greater Noida Development Authorities have made new clause mandatory for developers. From now developers are required to seek floor wise safety certification from IITs for any under-construction projects. The institution will also verify quality constriction and earthquake measures have been implemented or not. This move will certainly ease the burden of home buyers who have to verify from several safety angle.

New exit policy to help buyers: With the enforcement of new exit policy, builders can complete their ongoing projects nearing completion and give possession of flats on time.

7th Pay Commission: The implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations has raised the salaries of government employees and pensioners which will boost purchasing power of home buyer. Huge property transaction is expected in real estate sector.

Huge pile of unsold inventory: Rising inventory of unsold flats has led to price correction in Delhi-NCR. According to the latest report by ASSOCHAM, Delhi NCR has the highest number of unsold inventory in real estate with 250,000 units, followed by Mumbai metropolitan region at 98,000 units. New buyers can take the advantage of this situation and can bargain hard while closing the deal.

Model Shop Establishment Act: The rule will give freedom to retail outlets to keep open 24×7. This act will promote investment in commercial sector. Investors can look in the commercial space as in the near future prices may go up.

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‘Clean Noida’ app set for Aug 31 launch

The ‘Clean Noida’ Android application will allow residents to upload photographs of unattended garbage and alert the civic authorities.

The Noida Authority is all set to empower residents to keep the city clean. It will launch ‘Clean Noida‘, a citizen-focused Android application, which will allow residents to upload photographs of unattended garbage and alert the civic authorities.

 

In support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat initiative, the focus of the app is to ensure cleanliness besides dealing with sanitation problems faced by residents.

 

The powerful online tool will also provide information about public toilets and garbage collection bins, which will be marked and shown on Google map. The mobile app, which will go online from Saturday this week, will be available for download through Google Play Store. However, it will be officially launched on August 31 by Rama Raman, the chairperson and CEO, Noida Authority.

 

According to officials, the ‘Clean Noida‘ app is integrated with the well-used ‘Noida Citizen Charter’, an online citizen charter with 187 services across 12 departments that became operational in Noida last year in August.

Source: TOI

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Over 72 housing projects to get completion certificates by Dec

Noida: The slow-moving completion-possession cycle of Noida properties is all set to see accelerated action in the coming months with the Noida Authority working to issue completion certificates on a fast footing. The buyers, though happy, still feel that infrastructure should grow in tandem with the growth spurt in the city’s new living hubs.

“So far this year, we have given completion certificates to 47 projects,” P K Agarwal, Additional CEO, Noida Authority, told TOI. “Presently we are processing 15 more. These will take three more months to be cleared. By the end of the year, we would have offered completion certificates to nearly 72 projects,” he added.

The projects which are complete and set to receive new residents are in Sector 76, 77, 78, 118, 119, 137.

Those living in apartments without completion certificates are doing so illegally. Safety is a major issue, which is being checked now.  Also, from now on, Noida Authority will clear safety standards of building plans only if it is cleared by an IIT. The authority will not accept plan clearances by any other institute.

Meanwhile, buyers groups have been showing concern over the state of infrastructure at the new residential hubs. “Water supply, roads, streetlights are all major concerns at the new apartment hubs,” Indrish Gupta, co-founder, Nefowa, one of the more active buyers groups of NCR, said.

Similar to Noida Extension, even in Noida, these amenities should be looked into from the start to ease out settling process.

 

Floor safety rule made mandatory for under-construction buildings

 

Recently in the last month, Noida and Greater Noida Authority had declared floor safety mandatory for under-construction buildings. Now developers has to seek a floor-wise safety certification from IIT. According to Noida-Greater Noida Authority the stricter construction norms are being introduced as a measure to ensure that buildings, especially highrises, can withstand earthquakes. The safety certifications will be based on the National Building Code of India and all builders will have to submit a report to the authority after the IIT clearance in order to continue construction.

The decision will affect over three lakh apartments in Noida Extension and Greater Noida that are in different stages of construction and completion. So far, the norm was for all builders to seek a structural safety clearance before starting construction and after completing the project to get completion certificates from GNIDA. Now, safety clearances will have to be taken for every floor.

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New REIT norms to boost realty market

Relaxation of norms in Real Estate Investment Trusts will pull in more mid-segment investors to park their money in the property market

The realty sector has much to cheer about government’s new policies that remove hurdles in real estate investment and offers easy norms to attract small investors. In the recent past, the government has taken several attempts to revive the realty market that has been reeling under tough times for many years.

While making reforms in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules, government has allowed 100 per cent inflow in civil aviation and food processing sectors. The government has also announced relaxation in Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) rule which will facilitate more investment into the real estate sector.

What was the old provision?

To broaden opportunities for small-scale domestic investors into the real estate market, the government formulated REIT in 2014. It operates like a mutual fund where investors park their money and get exchange units that could be retail, office spaces or malls.

When constituted, the Securities Exchange Boards of India (SEBI) imposed strict rules and regulations on REIT which prohibited investors with low capital and could only invest in commercial projects that can generate revenue for sure.

In the 2016 Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley removed the tax hurdle in the way of REIT, given incentives to first-time home buyers and tried to make affordable housing more feasible.

What are the new amendments made to the REIT regulation?

  • Investment percentage increased: The new amendment gives freedom to REITs to invest more in under construction projects. Under the earlier provision, they could invest only 10 per cent in ongoing projects. Now this has been raised to 20 per cent which is likely to lead to an increase in potential yield returns.
  • New law for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs): SEBI removed the restriction on special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and allowed REITs to invest in other SPV-holding assets.
  • Foreign fund manager issue resolved: Earlier, business to India was subject to certain criteria, including the Eligible Fund Manager getting registered with SEBI. Now the registration process has been reviewed for the overseas fund managers who want to relocate to India and also their obligations and responsibilities have been fixed. They would not be required to comply with certain provisions related to audit of overseas fund.

Realtor fraternity has welcomed this move hoping that all these amendments will boost realty market in India and encourage more and more investors to invest through REITs which is emerging as a best option for those who are willing to park their money and earn profit out of that.

The government’s decision to allow 100 per cent foreign investment will definitely bring more capital in the market and encourage mid-segment investors. Sectors such as food processing, aviation and defence will see greater inflow of foreign investment which is going to impact overall economy of the country. The growth of these sectors is directly proportional to the real estate market in India, which will the boost the market at large scale. Moreover, the relaxation in REIT rule will ease the investment process especially in commercial sectors,” said Sunil Kumar, an advocate in the Delhi High Court.