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    Kerala government gives special sanction to regularize some buildings in Thiruvananthapuram

    ​​As per the order– 58 buildings located on plot measuring below 3 cents–will be authorized and allotted building numbers. The order from LSG department has come as a relief to the long-pending demand of the merchant community.
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government gave special sanction to the corporation secretary to issue building numbers to shops that were rebuilt/newly-constructed after being fully and partially demolished as part of Karamana-Pravachambalam road widening works.

    As per the order– 58 buildings located on plot measuring below 3 cents–will be authorized and allotted building numbers. The order from LSG department has come as a relief to the long-pending demand of the merchant community.

    Following a meeting convened by LSG minister AC Moideen in 2019, the corporation was asked to submit a list of buildings that were constructed on leftover land after acquisition for road widening. The civic body reported that 105 buildings were built and regularisation was completed for only eight and 97 more were to be regularized and council had decided to regularise them, the corporation secretary had communicated to the government.

    The government issued an order directing the secretary to give building numbers to 58 buildings lying on plots measuring below 3 cents. "This will be a major boost for road widening works. With numbers being allotted, shopkeepers can get authorized licence and complete procedures like GST registration. They can also avail loans for running business. The government decision is a welcome move. We have been requesting it to take a considerate step on this issue," said district general secretary, Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samiti S S Manoj.

    Corporation had earlier begun collection of data from owners whose property was below 3 cents to identify whether variation in setback happened due to widening of road. The buildings – which include commercial and residential – were built by residents whose land had been acquired for road widening as part of Karamana-Kaliyikkavila highway widening project.

    Following road widening, some of the constructions were altered and others built new constructions and in the process norms were violated. Kerala municipality building rules (KMBR) 1999 chapter 11 includes provisions for allowing relaxations to construction in plots, part of which were surrendered free of cost for road development. However, these provisions could not be applied in this case as land was acquired for road development by paying compensation fixed by district level purchase committee.

    In 2016, the civic body had served notices to over 100 new constructions along Karamana-Pravachambalam stretch following a report filed by town planning (vigilance) deeming the constructions as illegal. The notices were served as per the decision taken at a meeting convened by the then LSG secretary. The town planning department had submitted a report to the urban affairs ministry regarding constructions that had violated KMBR along Karamana-Pappanamcode road.

    The 3m distance from the road, which is mandatory for every construction was not maintained by commercial and domestic properties from Karamana. Many shopkeepers and house owners found themselves in a fix following the move as authorized documents could not be availed since they owned ‘unauthorised’ shops/houses.















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      Maradu flats: SC extends mandate of one member committee till further orders

      The top court also appointed senior advocate Gaurav Agrawal, as amicus curiae as sought by the one member committee, to assist the court in the matter. File photo NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday extended till further orders the mandate of one-member committee of retired Kerala High Court judge Justice K Balakrishnan Iyer constituted to determine the compensation paid to flat owners of Maradu municipality of Kochi district, whose houses were demolished for being in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms in the state. The top court also appointed senior advocate Gaurav Agrawal, as amicus curiae as sought by the one member committee, to assist the court in the matter.

      A bench of Justices R F Nariman, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari granted four weeks' time to all the parties to file written submissions before the court and asked Agrawal to sit with the committee and file its written submissions.

      "Four weeks' time is granted within which all parties are to file written submissions before this Court. Meanwhile, the Committee's mandate is extended by this Court till further orders from this Court," the bench said.

      It added, "The Committee also requests this Court to appoint amicus curiae. We appoint Mr. Gaurav Agrawal, learned Advocate, as amicus to represent the Committee. Registry is directed to supply all papers to him".

      The top court posted the matter for further hearing on December 9.

      During the hearing, the bench asked the counsels appearing for four builders M/s. Jain Housing & Construction Ltd, M/s. Alfa Ventures(P) Ltd., M/s. Holy Faith Builders & Developers Pvt. Ltd and M/s K.P. Varkey and Builders, who had built the buildings in violations of the norms, about the status of payment made towards the compensation.

      The bench said that since some proposals given to the committee were rejected, the builders concerned must give another proposal about the plan to make the payment or law will take its own course.

      It said that if the proposals are not given, then the assets attached will be sold off and the court will hear the matter in December including the contempt petition.

      Justice (retd) K Balakrishnan Iyer committee had also filed its report in a sealed cover before the court.

      On September 28, the top court had said that it want to see whether its order on demolition of structures constructed in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms in Kerala are followed in "letter and spirit".

      The top court had sought response from Chief Secretary of Kerala in four weeks on a contempt petition filed by former army man and a film director A K Raveendran alleging gross non-compliance of apex court's order of September 23 last year in which it had directed Kerala government to ascertain the violation of CRZ norms in the entire state.

      On September 27, last year, the top court had directed the Kerala Government to pay, out of its own funds, a sum of Rs. 25 lakh to each of the flat owners who were evicted and made clear that the amount shall be recoverable from the Builder/Promotor/the persons/officials responsible for raising the construction.

      On the same day, it had constituted a Committee headed by Justice (retd) K Balakrishnan Nair to look after the payment of the amount to each of the flat owners, as well as to work out the actual amount paid.

      It had issued notices to M/s Alfa Ventures (P) Ltd., M/s Holy Faith Builders & Developers (P) Ltd., M/s Jain Housing & Construction Ltd., and K.P.Varkey & Builders and said that the Builder/Promotor/persons/officials responsible for raising the construction may also be associated with the exercise to be done and the actual amount paid by flat owners may also be ascertained.

      The top court had ordered that this will be without prejudice to other proceedings which may be taken by the flat owners against the Builder/ Promotor/ persons/officials responsible for raising the construction for realisation of damages/compensation.

      On September 23, last year the top court had observed that illegal construction in coastal areas of Kerala is a "colossal loss" to the environment and expressed shock over a spate of unauthorised structures coming up at Kochi's Maradu.

      Coming down heavily on the Kerala government for not complying with its orders to demolish four apartment complexes built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), the top court had asked the chief secretary to conduct a survey to gauge the extent of devastation caused to nature.

      On May 8, 2019 the apex court had directed that such buildings be removed within a month's times, which were constructed in a notified CRZ, which was part of the tidally-influenced water body in Kerala.

      The court had passed the order after taking note of a report of a three-member committee, which said when the buildings were built, the area was already notified as a CRZ and construction was prohibited.













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        Kerala government announces completion of 2.5 lakh new houses for needy

        Declaring the completion of 2,50,547 houses across the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a matter of pride for his government and their objective was to provide a home for all deserved people.
        • PTI
        • Updated: January 28, 2021, 15:17 IST

        THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Left government in Kerala on Thursday announced the completion of 2.5 lakh new houses under the "LIFE Mission" programme, its flagship housing project that envisages total housing for all homeless in the southern state.

        "LIFE Mission" (Livelihood, Inclusion, Financial Empowerment) envisages not just giving a roof for those who do not have houses, but also a complete rehabilitation package for the homeless and landless in the state.

        Declaring the completion of 2,50,547 houses across the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a matter of pride for his government and their objective was to provide a home for all deserved people.

        The government has also plans to construct additional 1.5 lakh new houses this year itself and the state is confidently marching towards the goal of zero homeless Kerala, he said in a Facebook post.

        "Owning a home by his or her own is a dream of any human being. One of the most significant goals of this government was to stand with people to make this dream a reality," he said.

        Terming LIFE Mission as an "unparalleled housing development project," the CM said it was an example of the government's vision of how development should be done.

        The government was paying great attention to the third phase of the ambitious initiative, he said adding that land has been identified for the construction of 85 complexes at this time.

        Of this, the construction of five building complexes would be completed within two months, Vijayan said.

        Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited the new house of Prabha, a homemaker residing at Vattiyoorkkavu here and attended the house-warming function of the building, constructed and handed over under the LIFE Mission programme.

        He also shared the pictures of the house-warming ceremony in his official Facebook page.









        Affordable housing in Kerala: Kerala government announces completion of 2.5 lakh new houses for needy, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)




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          Regularization fetches Thiruvananthapuram civic body Rs 2.6 crore in three fiscals

          The civic body, which grossed Rs 68 lakh in 2017-18 as regularization fee, fetched Rs 1.7 crore in 2019-20, the actual collection records show. Representative image
          THIRUVANANATHAPURAM: The fee collected by city corporation for regularizing unauthorized constructions recorded 161% increase in three fiscals, as per figures presented in the budget document for 2021-22.

          The civic body, which grossed Rs 68 lakh in 2017-18 as regularization fee, fetched Rs 1.7 crore in 2019-20, the actual collection records show. The humongous increase in collection of regularization fee has spurred corporation to project an estimate of Rs 3.5 crore as regularization fee in the next fiscal.

          A total of nearly Rs 2.6 crore was collected by civic body as regularization fee in three fiscals. Assembly records show that till February, 2019, the total fee collected from regularization of unauthorized constructions in urban civic bodies was Rs 2.82 crore. During 2018-19, Trivandrum corporation collected Rs 1.3 crore as regularization fee, which is nearly half of the total fee collected by all the civic bodies in the state. As per the latest available data on unauthorized constructions in the city, 826 buildings were detected by corporation.

          The steady peak in fee collection is a reflection of huge number of applications coming up before the city corporation for regularization. The state government has been more than lenient in allowing regularization of unauthorized buildings in the state.

          Between 2018 and 2021, state government extended the time limit for filing the application for regularization of unauthorized constructions seven times. As per the latest notification, the government extended the last date to March 31, 2021. The original time limit expired on December 31, 2020. Till December, 2020, the applicants for regularization of unauthorized constructions got 1,046 days in total since the first notification was issued by the government on February 20, 2018.

          During the tenure of the previous council, the town planning committee had asked for separate data on unauthorized constructions, files received for regularization, files pending in the court and other types of violations. Squads were constituted to look at violations pertaining to permit, parking and CRZ. Separate data were compiled, however no further action was taken. The officials had earlier finalized a list of 17 buildings which had to be demolished in the first phase in Vizhinjam-Kovalam area.

          A total of 169 buildings were identified as unauthorized in Vizhinjam-Kovalam area. The demolition drive was finalized as per the decision of a meeting convened by LSG department in which it was decided to assess the action taken on report submitted by vigilance pertaining to constructions that were built in violation of coastal regulation zone norms in Kovalam-Vizhinjam area. However, corporation checked the move after there were complaints about civic body ruining the tourism industry.

          In 2016, assembly data revealed information on both private and government buildings which had been built either in violation of municipality building rules or without concurrence of art and heritage commission within 100 metres of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. According to the reply furnished by then LSG minister K T Jaleel, the city corporation had issued provisional order (P.0) to these buildings.












          Regularization fetches Thiruvananthapuram civic body Rs 2.6 crore in three fiscals, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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            SCTL, Trida to share revenue for three Thiruvananthapuram smart city projects

            Smart city Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) and Thiruvananthapuram development authority (Trida) will share the revenue generated from three smart city projects being implemented at Palayam and Chalai. Representative image

            THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Smart city Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) and Thiruvananthapuram development authority (Trida) will share the revenue generated from three smart city projects being implemented at Palayam and Chalai.

            The state government has approved the revenue sharing model between SCTL and Trida in developing the three projects — rehabilitation block at Palayam (on M block and waste dump site) as part of Palayam market redevelopment, multi-level car parking complex (behind Saphalyam complex) and warehousing complex at Attakulangara, Chalai. These projects are being implemented using smart city mission funds.

            As per the memorandum of understanding, the share of SCTL will be the cost incurred for project development and annual maintenance contract for five years.

            Trida’s share will be calculated as twice the cost of land which is being utilized by SCTL for project development. This has been determined as per fair value of land.

            The revenue generated through lease, rent, parking charges will be shared by both parties after meeting all the expenses for operation and maintenance.

            In the construction of rehabilitation block at Palayam, Trida’s share would be Rs 22.63 crore while SCTL will bear Rs 40.13 crore. The profit share of Trida and SCTL will be 55.39% and 43.61% respectively.

            The fair value for automated multilevel car parking facility has been estimated at Rs 12.14 lakh for 86.3 cents. SCTL and Trida will take profit shares of 40.97% and 59.03% respectively.

            As for the warehousing complex at Chalai, the fair value is Rs 8.09 lakh for 209.7 cents. SCTL will carry a profit share of 35.54% and Trida will get a share of 64.54% for this project.

            The renovation of Palayam market involves design, supply and installation of prefabricated structure for construction of rehabilitation block of existing vendors, site clearance and construction of new market building at Palayam, design, supply, installation and maintenance of electromechanical car parking system within the basement of the proposed Palayam market building.

            The first two components will be executed at Rs 12.7 crore and Rs 61.05 crore respectively and the third component will cost Rs 8.17 crore. Around 9,624 cubic metres of waste weighing approximately around 4,842 tonnes were removed at Palayam to set up prefab structures for rehabilitation block.

            The proposed warehouse facility at Chalai will have six huge chambers for storage. One chamber will be used exclusively for cold storage and remaining chambers will be used for general warehouse purpose. The market is badly in need of a warehousing facility and this will be a key step in ensuring scientific and proper storage.

            Proposed to be built over 2,500 sqm, the warehouse will also address grave concerns of using chemicals to extend the storage life of perishables.











            SCTL, Trida to share revenue for three Thiruvananthapuram smart city projects, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)




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              Kerala government to enact law to protect homebuyers from foreclosure

              The secretaries of the Local Government department have been directed to conduct a detailed survey in this regard to determine the distress factors and submit suggestions for mitigation", Vijayan said.
              THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Declaring that it was committed to provide housing for all in the state, Kerala's new LDF government on Thursday decided to enact a stringent legislation to prevent the loss of accommodation through foreclosure proceedings.

              The first meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also announced a slew of policy measures including steps to alleviate extreme poverty from the state and come up with a "smart kitchen" scheme for housewives.

              Addressing a press conference, Vijayan said the first cabinet meeting has deputed the secretaries of Local Self- Government department to conduct a detailed survey and give suggestions to achieve the aim of alleviation of the extreme poverty from the state.

              "The first Cabinet meeting has taken an important decision to achieve the goal of extreme poverty alleviation.

              The secretaries of the Local Government department have been directed to conduct a detailed survey in this regard to determine the distress factors and submit suggestions for mitigation", Vijayan said.

              Vijayan said his government was committed to implementing a variety of projects to achieve the broader goal of housing for all.

              "The government will enact legislation to prevent the loss of accommodation through foreclosure proceedings.

              A committee comprising Additional Chief Secretary - Finance, Additional Chief Secretary - Planning and the expert lawyer has been directed by the Cabinet to study the issue and submit a report by July 15.

              Further steps will be initiated based on that report", the CM said.

              Noting that the LDF in its election manifesto promised smart kitchen for women, Vijayan said the government has directed the Chief Secretary and secretaries of the Local Self Government and Women and child Development to formulate a policy that will ease the workload of housewives through a smart kitchen project.

              He said a single window system will be brought in the state to solve the various complaints related to the launch of the industries in the state.

              A grievance redressal committee chaired by an IAS officer will be constituted for the purpose of implementing the ease of doing business.

              The government will launch a scheme on October 2 to offer all government services at the doorstep of the citizens.

              "The project will be finalised by a committee comprising IT Secretary and IT experts. A panel was formed to implement the expansion of e-office and e-file systems", he added.

              The first meeting of the state cabinet was held soon after the oath taking ceremony of the chief ministers and new ministers was held here.








              Housing for All in Kerala: Kerala government to enact law to protect homebuyers from foreclosure, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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                Kerala: CAG finds lapses in PMAY-Gramin rollout

                Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana—Gramin (PMAY-G) in Kerala, it was intended to provide houses to 42,431 identified beneficiaries in rural areas.
                THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the state’s performance in general and social sectors has found instances of misappropriation of funds, loss of central government’s assistance, internal control deficiencies, underutilisation of assets, and shortcomings in implementation of rules and programmes involving Rs 203.97 crore in the financial year ending March, 2019.

                Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana—Gramin (PMAY-G) in Kerala, it was intended to provide houses to 42,431 identified beneficiaries in rural areas. The project was to be completed within 12 months from the date of sanction. The report said non-assessment of housing shortage, lack of convergence and shortcomings in technical and quality supervision, persisted in the project implementation.

                The grama panchayats had failed in selecting eligible beneficiaries and creation of permanent wait list (priority list), assisting the old and infirm in construction of houses, identifying land to landless and converging the schemes for access to basic amenities. The auditor also pointed out irregular sanctioning of houses and block panchayats’ failure to facilitate loans to beneficiaries.

                There were also instances of construction of houses without obtaining building permits from GPs and clearances from Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority. The state lost central assistance of Rs 195.82 crore during 2016-18 due to its failure to attain physical and financial progress prescribed by it. Monitoring was also deficient at various levels of programme management units, the report said.

                The report pointed out instances where funds released by the state government for creating public assets for the benefit of the community remained unutilised or blocked due to indecisiveness, lack of administrative oversight and concerted action at various levels.

                Failure to adhere to provisions and lax supervisory controls resulted in misappropriation of Rs 1.84 lakh in General Hospital, Neyyattinkara, Rs 6.46 lakh in the District Hospital, Mavelikkara and suspected misappropriation of Rs 0.83 lakh in Taluk Hospital, Fort, Thiruvananthapuram.

                The purchase of a mobile incinerator for Rs 2.14 crore by the local self-government department without assessing its economic viability resulted in its under-utilisation and consequent decommissioning. The failure of Kolazhy grama panchayat to adhere to the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Property Tax, Service Cess and Surcharge) Rules, 2011, led to revenue loss of Rs 37.71 lakh.

                Failure on the part of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation to safeguard blasted rubble obtained from the Vilappilsala Solid Waste Management Project resulted in loss of Rs 31.02 lakh and failure of Kothamangalam Municipality to collect and remit service tax in time led to a loss of Rs 23.64 lakh. The construction of a modern fish market by the corporation without proper study and correlating its design with the requirements of the vendors resulted in non-utilisation of the modern fish market constructed for Rs 23.25 lakh.

                The report also pointed out the failure of district collectors and the central plan monitoring unit in complying with the Centre’s directions to convert members of parliament local area development scheme savings bank accounts into Savifix/ Saviplus accounts resulted in loss of interest of at least Rs 4.76 crore.













                Kerala: CAG finds lapses in PMAY-Gramin rollout, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)


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                  Kerala government mulls relief for small buildings in Munnar

                  Revenue minister K Rajan added that the relaxation now under consideration is based on the previous all-party meeting convened by the chief minister.
                  • TNN
                  • June 10, 2021, 15:00 IST

                  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government is considering providing some relaxation in the stringent land title rules to small-scale constructions in Munnar area, revenue minister K Rajan told the assembly.

                  Replying to a calling attention motion by Thodupuzha MLA P J Joseph who alleged that the land laws in Idukki are discriminatory unlike other districts, the revenue minister said that an all-party meeting to resolve the matter will be considered.

                  He added that the relaxation now under consideration is based on the previous all-party meeting convened by the chief minister.

                  However, he said that amending the rules of land assignment exclusively for Idukki is not under the consideration. He said that a larger consultation is needed regarding amending the existing rules.

                  As per special rules, 1993, and the land assignment rules, 1964, awarded land can be used only for farming, housing, beneficial enjoyment and setting up shops. The rules are the same for all the districts, he added.









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                    Kerala: Probe begins into wetland conversion in Shoranur

                    She directed Ottapalam sub-collector Shikha Surendran to provide the land records on the converted land from the village offices and krishi bhavans.
                    PALAKKAD: District collector Mrunmai Joshi has started an investigation into large-scale complaints of conversion of wetland in Shoranur municipality violating the rules of the Kerala Conversion of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2008.

                    She directed Ottapalam sub-collector Shikha Surendran to provide the land records on the converted land from the village offices and krishi bhavans. The two village offices and the agriculture officer will submit their reports to the sub-collector this week, it is learned.

                    Agriculture minister P Prasad had ordered an investigation on the complaint by Shoranur Padasekhara Samithy that 350 acre of wetland was converted by Shoranur municipality and a gazette notification was issued making it dry land. The converted land includes three-crop paddy land near Shoranur-Cheruthuruthy check dam in Bharathapuzha.










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