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Govt to revisit building rules, says Minister

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The Hindu        31.05.2017 

Govt to revisit building rules, says Minister

Intelligent software to be introduced to curb graft

The existing building rules, which have some flaws, will be amended as part of promoting ‘ease of doing business’, and separate building rules will be introduced for corporations, municipalities, and panchayats, said K.T. Jaleel, Minister for Local Self Government.

The Minister made the statement during the installation ceremony of the new office-bearers of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), Kerala chapter, in Kochi on Sunday, said release.

Most complaints received by the Local Self Government Department pertain to alleged irregularities in the sanctioning of building permits, Mr. Jaleel said, adding that intelligent software would be introduced in all corporations to curb corruption.

The software will be introduced in Kozhikode Corporation on a pilot basis within three months.

The department will conduct a separate adalat for resolving issues facing builders at the office of the Chief Town Planner.

Meanwhile, Najeeb Zackeria took charge as CREDAI chairman and S. Krishna as secretary general.


Rainwater harvesting pits a must in buildings in Vijayawada: VMC

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The New Indian Express    19.05.2017

Rainwater harvesting pits a must in buildings in Vijayawada: VMC

By Express News Service  |   Published: 19th May 2017 05:20 AM  |  

Last Updated: 19th May 2017 05:20 AM  |   A+A-   |  

Rainwater harvesting pits a must.

VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to refuse permission for new buildings in the city if the builders fail to construct rainwater harvesting pits. 

A decision in this regard was taken by the VMC officials after observing violation of the norm by many builders even after payment of the requisite fee to the municipal corporation.  

At the recent VMC council meeting, several ruling Telugu Desam corporators complained to Mayor Koneru Sreedhar that majority of the building owners in the city were ignoring construction of rainwater harvesting pits on building premises. 

The VMC council passed a resolution earlier  making inclusion of rainwater harvesting pits in the building plans in Vijayawada mandatory. The construction of rainwater water harvesting pits helps increase the groundwater table in the city.  After making it mandatory, the municipal corporation has given permissions for as many as 2,500 buildings in the city through online and earned a revenue of Rs 7 crore through collection of fee towards the construction of rainwater harvesting pits. 

According to the VMC town planning wing officials, the people can obtain building plan  approval by applying through online.  “A software will check the provision for rainwater harvesting pits in the building plan as soon as it is uploaded for permission. If there are any deviations from the town planning rules in the  building plan, it will be rejected. If the building plan meets all the parameters, including the rainwater harvesting pits, its approval is certain,” said a senior VMC official of the town planning department.

He admitted that due to busy work schedule of the town planning officials they could not strictly verify the inclusion of rainwater harvesting pits in the building plans in some areas of the city. A team of officials were deployed to conduct surprise checks across the city and initiate action against the builders who flouted the rules with regard to construction of rainwater harvesting pits, he added.


Houses built on 30x40 sq.ft sites in urban areas to be regularised

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The Hindu          18.05.2017  

Houses built on 30x40 sq.ft sites in urban areas to be regularised

Approval among slew of decisions taken by Cabinet; construction of 4 lakh houses to be outsourced

In a big relief to lakhs of families, the State Cabinet on Wednesday approved regularisation of houses built on 30x40 sq.ft sites in urban areas.

This is applicable to sites located within 18 km of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits and within 10 km of the Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru, and Mysuru city corporation limits. It is also applicable to dwellings within a radius of 5 km, 10 km and 3 km of all city municipalities, town municipal councils and town panchayats, respectively.

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra said the physically-challenged, people from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, and ex-servicemen were eligible to regularise their sites by paying a penalty of Rs. 5,000. Those from General category will need to pay Rs. 10,000 for 30x40 sites, he said.

The State legislature had passed the Karnataka Revenue (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 to amend section 94CC of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 for regularisation of houses built on 30x40 feet sites.

Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to outsource construction of four lakh houses to a private agency this year. This is owing to staff shortage in the Housing Department. The agency will be hired for the next three years, Mr. Jayachandra said.

The Cabinet also approved new cadre and recruitment rules for high school teachers till 2020 on merit-cum-reservation basis. Teachers will be recruited directly on the basis of marks. There will be no written test or interview.

Tenders amounting Rs. 138.69 crore were approved for developing a new campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Shivamogga. The 600-acre campus will be developed in two years, the Minister said.

Other important decisions

Recommendation to Centre to include Namasudra, Pod/Poudra and Rajbashi castes in list of Schedule Castes of Karnataka. They are migrants from Bangladesh settled in Sindhanur, Raichur district

Rs. 22.85 crore for construction of Arogya Bhavan on Magadi Road in Bengaluru

Construction of mega market in Basavana Bagewadi at Rs. 32.73 crore

Rs. 51.40 cr for construction of barrage across Tungabhadra river at Gharbhagudi, Ranebennur

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