Mumbai Builders Drop the Plan of Strike

Mumbai builders have called off their strike scheduled for May 3.

The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry and the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India had called for a one-day token strike protesting the delay in project approvals and against the State Government’s move to establish a housing regulator.

The Builders Association of India too decided to participate in the strike. Addressing media persons here on Wednesday, Mr Paras Gundecha, President, said the Chief Minister, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, met the association on Tuesday and assured the members that all issues concerning builders would be addressed.

Mr Gundecha said MCHI also made a presentation to Mr Chavan on the issue faced by developers and sought a single window clearance for housing projects. The Chief Minister had also made it clear that the government’s priority was to build affordable housing stock, he said.

Realtors upset with the policies of Bhubaneswar Development Authority.

The real estate developers on Thursday reacted sharply to the Bhubaneswar Development Authority’s (BDA) move to change the definition of “apartment” and “group housing.”

Talking to reporters here, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) state president D S Tripathy said the new definitions are vague and will result in the harassment of people while constructing houses.

The draft BDA (planning and building standards) amendment regulations-2012 proposes to amend the definition of apartment as building constructed in one block having more than four dwelling units where land is owned jointly and construction is undertaken by one agency. Under the existing BDA regulations 2008, an apartment is defined as a building having six or more dwelling units.

Tripathy said under the new definition houses of joint families may become apartments. As a result, such families would have to meet the required road width of minimum nine metres, he said. Tripathy said certain apartments can never form societies for which at least seven members are required. Similarly, the new definition of ‘group housing,’ building with more than one dwelling unit, where land is owned jointly and the construction is undertaken jointly by one agency, is vague and don’t convey clarity.

CREDAI, which suggested its comment on the draft regulations, open for public suggestions, is of the view that creation of the new “settlement fund” and earmarking of 10% of all housing projects for economically weaker sections is not going to help the poor. “It seems impractical that BDA will construct EWS houses using shelter fund,” the CREDAI chief said.

The CREDAI, Odisha, suggested that the state government should formulate an affordable housing policy on the lines of Rajasthan, which looks more realistic, gives incentives to builders and subsidy to weaker sections.

20% Reservation for EWS will take time, Says Real Estate Industry.

The real estate industry is at loggerheads with the state government after a directive by the Urban Development Department to private developers that they reserve 20 per cent of plots and tenements for the economically weaker sections (EWS). The move is being opposed not only by individual developers but also by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) who is tagging the proposed policy as unworkable and not contemplated in totality. CREDAI has filed an objection with the Town Planning Department (TPD) arguing that Rajeev Awaas Iona gave thought to all aspects of such housing creation.

“The department is at present hearing people with stake in real-estate industry and have filed objections. The hearing report will be submitted to the government for approval,” said Avinash Patil, deputy director, TPD. The government notice, issued in January, specifies that out of development on plots measuring 2,000 square metre and above, the developers should reserve 20 per cent of the area for the EWS category in the plot size of 30 to 50 square meters. In case the developer is building apartments on the same area, it has been directed that minimum of a 20 per cent of built-up area be reserved in the apartment size of 27.88 to 45 square meters.

The real estate industry feels that implementation of such a policy should only happen after adequate thoughts as the notice can affect the industry adversely. “The notice lacks clarity. In the present form the move will hit us badly,” said Hemant Naiknavare, vice-president, CREDAI, Pune Metro.

Lalit Kumar Jain: Bihar is better than Maharashtra for builders.

When it comes to ease of approval and a good bureaucratic set up for real estate, Bihar seems to be better opportunity than Maharashtra, according to Lalit Kumar Jain, real estate tycoon and president of Confederation of Real Estate Developer’s Association of India (CREDAI). Jain was speaking to DNA against the backdrop of the first ever all India CREDAI meeting to be held in Pune from Wednesday.

“In Bihar, the bureaucratic setup to get necessary sanction allows us to complete our projects on time. Thanks to the organised system there, the end buyer also pays less for real estate compared to Maharashtra,’’ he said.

The two-day conference, will discuss amongst other things, the various challenges faced by the industry in terms of approvals, government’s decision to reserve 20%flats for economically weaker section of society and other issues.

While commenting about various problems facing the industry, Jain saidthe apparent delay in the process of getting sanctions for the projects was a major concern. “In case, the sanctions are delayed, the cost of the project escalates which results in a burden on the customer,’’ he said.

The decision of the state government to compulsorily reserve 20% of the flats for economically weaker sections of society according to Jain would be have a negative effect on the industry. “To compromise on this, the builder will pass on the cost to other buyers who will feel the pinch,’’ he said.

Excellence Recognition in Real Estate Sector.

Realty plus Excellence Awards 2012 series for the northern region of India will be on March 21. The awards for South India and West India were given away on March 2 and March 9, respectively.

The Realty plus Excellence Awards recognise people who have played a key role in the growth of the Indian real estate sector. Contributions made by developers, architects, interior designers, state government, and property advisors are recognised. These awards are decided upon by a distinguished jury.

Anuj Puri, Chairman and Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle India, is the Jury Chairman for this year’s awards.

Affordable Housing Policy to be implemented by the State Government from 15th April.

From April 15, the state government’s affordable housing policy is set to be implemented. With a preliminary notification already out, the policy will be implemented after the final notification in a month’s time.

This decision took place at a recent meeting between Additional Chief Secretary (Urban Development Department) TC Benjamin and representatives of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) from Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Nashik and Aurangabad.

The government in the notification has made it mandatory for all projects on more than 2,000 sq m land to reserve 20 per cent of the land or constructed space for small-sized housing.

Benjamin said that, “The state has a dearth of such housing and this initiative will help bring about more such houses in residential projects. It will have to be implemented by the builders after April.”

Builders expressed reservations about whether the 20 per cent of the land should be reserved in the same area. However, it was decided that they could have a little farther but in the same zone. To this Benjamin added that, “They have to provide the housing with almost the same kind of infrastructure.”

However, most of the builders had reservations about having the economical housing on the same campus but agreed to have it a little farther away from their projects.

Pune CREDAI representative Satish Magar, who attended the meeting, said, “We are open to the policy but had some issues, which we discussed.”

Hopes Revive for Housing , Infra Projects in Patwari

With the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissing as withdrawn a special leave petition (SLP) filed by a group of Patwari farmers ,who challenged the Government ‘s move to work out an out of court settlement with farmers , The greater noida industrial development authority (GNIDA) is confident that the crises in Patwari will be resolved soon. There’s relief for 20,000 homebuyers who have booked flats in projects coming up in Noida Extention’s paywari village.

The Dismissal of the SLP and the indications that the Allahabad high court will begin hearing the Noida and Greater Noida land acquisition cases only after two weeks have allowed the government more time to make more and more Patwari farmers fall in line.
Not only homebuyers but projects like Metro line which is proposed from Noida to Greater Noida road (140 Metre wide, 28 Kms long) , a Greater Noida – Ghaziabad road (60 Metre wide , 22 Kms Long) will also get a new lease if life.
The authority had allotted 3,000 residential plots to people , plus there are number of corporate offices , besides schools and other institutions in that area. A section of farmers in Patwari , where the state government on August 6 struck a higher compensation deal to revive real estate projects , had moved the Supreme Court against the arrangement. Greater Noida chief executive officer Rama Raman termed the SC order “a positive sign”.
A two judge bench of the same court on July 19 quashed forcible acquition of 589 hectares of land in Patwari. But another two judge bench of the same court , while hearing some remaining petitions from Patwari on July 26 , referred the matter to the higher bench for hearing. The court also allowed the contesting parties time till August 12 for the settlement.
Farmer Layer Mr Parminder Bhati said “our contentions was when the HC had quashed acquition in Patwari village , the remaining petitions should have got the same relief. In the name of out of court settlements , government, officials and its heavy weight politicians have been putting pressure on farmers”
Farmers also claimed the court’s stand on Wednesday as victory for them. Ranveer Pradhan a farmer said “we thought we might not get back our land.but the court has approved of the july 19 verdict of the high court”.”The court has said the July 19 verdict was in favour of farmers and assured if the high court’s higher bench ruled against the interest of farmers they can move the Supreme Court.” Said Bhati.

Talks Fails, GNIDA CEO faces ‘Hostile’ Crowd.

Greater Noida: 11 days left for the state government to work out an out of court settlement with Noida Extension farmers, the GNIDA has rushed talks but without success. The discussion between authority and the farmers of Patwari village failed on the issue of compensation, because back to back court orders quashing forcible land acquisition. The fate of 1 lakh houses in Noida Extension hangs in the balance.

The CEO of GNIDA Rama Raman, faced a hostile crowd of farmers, who said if the authority could not hike the compensation then there is no point of holding this discussion. They also accused the authority of trying dividing farmers by giving rehabilitations and other benefits to selected farmers, to weaken the movement against land acquisition.

Farmer leader said the authority is trying to play divide and rule policy by keeping land of some influential farmers. He told CEO, no out of court settlement could be reached out without hiking the compensation. The CEO said 4 bighas of land belonging to the village head would be regularized and not termed as encroachment.

The discussion between the authority and the Patwari village’s farmers failed on the issue of compensation. The authority wants to acquire the land and pay according to new acquisition and rehabilitation policy which allows the authority to give farmers bigger developed land plots, Rs 200 more per sqm as cash compensation, besides annuity payouts.