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- Patna University hostels vacated, illegal constructions demolished
PATNA: Following the anti-encroachment drive launched by the Patna district administration on Patna University (PU) campus on Thursday, many of its hostels have been vacated and several illegal constructions demolished. The anti-encroachment drive has been launched in the wake of recent orders of the Patna high court to rid the PU campus of encroachments.
On Saturday, the law and order officials along with PU officials visited Krishna Ghat area and got all the girls' hostels located in the vicinity vacated. The hostels, which were vacated, included Nadwi Hostel, Sir G D S Mahila Chhatravas, Ganga Girls' Hostel and Mother Teresa Hostel. All the hostels were sealed by the administration after their eviction. In this locality, some hutments and temporary buildings illegally constructed by class IV staff of the university were demolished by the staff themselves before the officials could reach there.
The anti-encroachment squad also visited Magadh Mahila College and Women's Training College and got all the unauthorised constructions demolished.
Earlier on Friday, members of the squad visited Patna College and Darbhanga House complex and freed the entire complex from the clutches of encroachers by demolishing the unauthorised constructions there. The flying squad would now visit the Rani Ghat area and the Saidpur complex for removing the unauthorised constructions and freeing the hostels of unauuthorised occupants, said a PU official.
PU authorities are, however, tight-lipped over the removal of unauthorised constructions in the name of temples and mutts on the campus. Whether the district administration would touch these "sensitive" spots remains doubtful.
More than a dozen mutts exist on the university campus and some of these mutts have erected multi-storeyed buildings and established commercial establishments, much to the inconvenience of students and faculty members.
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- Bihar debacle can bring in good times for realty
Contrary to the general impression, the defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections has not dealt any blow to the reforms agenda of the ruling National Democratic Alliance. Rather, it has proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to fast-track reforms — legislative and administrative.
For the realty sector, those that stand out include the move for a pan-India goods and services tax regime and legislation for a real estate regulator, both of which are expected to get nod in the current winter session of Parliament. The delayed reforms had affected the market sentiment and the government has been receiving flak for its inability to check retail inflation and generate employment.
Realising the need to provide momentum to reforms to leverage strong domestic growth in the form of healthy seven per cent plus GDP growth in the coming fiscal, the government is likely to press ahead on the reforms front.
Easier FDI norms
Close on the heels of the Bihar defeat, the government gave a Diwali bonanza by easing foreign investment norms in 15 major sectors, including construction, and raising the approval limit for the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 5,000 crore.
It removed entry and exit barriers in the construction sector, doing away with area restriction of 20,000 sq m and capitalisation of $5 million and allowing foreign investors to exit and repatriate investment before a project is completed but with a lock-in period of three years.
GST on track
The most crucial piece of legislation that has a big bearing on real estate is the GST Bill which is expected to be passed in the current parliament session, especially as the government has now adopted a collaborative and accomodating approach.
It will result in simplification and uniformity of taxes, putting an end to tax inefficiency in the form of different state-specific VAT and service tax laws. Though there are two main taxes for home buyers — VAT and service tax — multiple taxes in the form of CST, custom duty, excise duty and the like paid by developers result in price escalation by about 25-30 per cent. A likely GST rate of about 20 per cent should be quite beneficial for the sector in lowering the current tax burden, in turn resulting in reduction of home prices. Separately, the government, proposes to provide tax relief to the real estate sector in the budget for 2016-17.
Regulator in sight
The decks are already cleared for crucial Real Estate Regulation & Development Bill, 2013 in the winter session as the government has accepted changes proposed by a Rajya Sabha panel. This Bill will give a major boost to real estate sector, bringing in fair play and transparency in transactions to safeguard the interests of buyers and investors.
Single window clearance
The government, which has already streamlined environment clearances for improving ease of doing business, is now fast- tracking single window clearance system for multi-storied buildings that should come through by early December 2015. The simplified process will considerably cut delays in granting approvals, in turn resulting in cost reduction that will benefit property consumers.This will also provide much-needed relief to debt-ridden developers by way of faster projects completions and lesser interest outgo.
More funds for Housing For All
For its flagship programme Housing for All, envisaging building 30 million houses, government is readying a plan to provide more funds for constructing rural houses and providing subsidised power and water. Under its AMRUT programme, the Centre has allocated Rs 11,654 crore for infrastructure upgrade.
The government’s new found aggression and resolve to push reform agenda, has already seen the BSE Realty Index, registering the most rise in the last fortnight and further reform measures to be unveiled in the budget, will serve to speed up the revival of real estate facing slowdown. — IANS
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- Landlords face tenancy blues in Patna
Sources in the local court said hundreds of tenancy cases of dispute between the landlords and the tenants are at different stage of hearing. Some cases are more than 10-15 years old.
TNN | 03 June 2016, 2:30 PM IST
PATNA: Ashok Kumar Sinha (73), a practising lawyer in the Patna high court, had to struggle for seven years to get his house vacated from one Sanjay Sinha, who was also an advocate.
His is not a solitary example of problem faced by landlords in getting their property back from the tenants. A large number of people, especially those in their twilight years, are fighting legal battle for years to save their properties.
Sources in the local court said hundreds of such cases of dispute between the landlords and the tenants are at different stage of hearing. Some cases are more than 10-15 years old.
Ashok had requested his tenant for around 20 years, Sanjay Sinha, to vacate his house in 2005. However, Sanjay did not pay any heed. Finally, Ashok filed a case (no. 70/2009) in the civil court against Sanjay for eviction from his house. The tenant delayed eviction by not appearing in the court during hearing on several occasions.
Finally, the house on Fraser Road was vacated by Sanjay on May 27 in the presence of nazir of the civil court and cops of Kotwali police station. "I am the lucky few in the city who have got their tenants evicted in their lifetime. A lot many cases of eviction are pending in the court," said Ashok.
In another case of tenancy dispute (no. 36/2011), Dr Shankar Nath vs Binay Kumar, the former is struggling for last five years to get the property vacated.
Shankar, who is presently under treatment at a hospital in Pune, said "The tenant is not vacating the house for the past five years. The case is in the court. I am in Pune now, undergoing medical treatment."
Yet another victim is Batuk Narayan Prasad Singh (80), who is bedridden due to medical reasons. "I am a businessman and have a property on Fraser Road. I have filed a number of cases (no. 49/2011, 4/2015, 5/2015, 40/2005) in the last 11 years against my tenants. My tenants have sublet the space in the commercial building to other people against the lease agreement. Every year, I have to bear huge financial expenses because of this dispute. I am 80 years old and bedridden. I don't know what will happen to my hard-earned property," said Singh.
Ashok, who is the advocate of Singh, said tenants usually delay judgments by various means, waiting for the demise of the landlord. "I feel that a land rent tribunal should set up by the state government to settle disputes quickly," said Ashok.
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- Hammer falls on 'illegal' Santosha Complex flats in Patna
"This is a lesson for the builders who think they can flout rules and get away with it. I hope from now onwards, the buyers would also be more careful while purchasing flats," said PMC commissioner Abhishek Singh
TNN | Jul 20, 2016, 08.21 AM IST
PATNA: Noises of hammer rent the air as Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) started the drive to demolish top three "unauthorised" floors of Santosha Complex on Tuesday. "This is a lesson for the builders who think they can flout rules and get away with it. I hope from now onwards, the buyers would also be more careful while purchasing flats," said PMC commissioner Abhishek Singh.
The demolition continued for around seven-and-a-half-hour on day one and would continue for two more days. The PMC workers carried out the Supreme Court's order under the guidance of engineers, including chief engineer Ashok Kumar. More than 60% of the work for first phase was completed by the evening.
Curtain wall of the eighth floor was totally dismantled on the first day. Appreciating the efforts of his team, the PMC commissioner said, "More than 70 workers, including plumbers and electricians, worked on Tuesday to demolish parts of the apartment. On Wednesday, they will start dismantling the sixth floor."
Satyender Singh, a PMC engineer, said there were apprehensions before the demolition regarding the civic body's expertise in carrying out such work. "Look at the work now. We are taking all precautions while demolishing the flats," he said.
Even the residents of the apartment appreciated the work being done by the PMC. "They are taking care of safety. We are thankful to divisional commissioner and PMC commissioner for this," said Subodh Goel, a resident of Santosha Complex.
However, the residents have urged the PMC not to further dismantle the buildings after first phase. "Their motive to set an example has been fulfilled. We request them not to further break the pillars and beams for safety purpose," said a resident in his 40s.
On March 10 this year, the SC had given four-month deadline to PMC to demolish the unauthorised structures of Santosha Complex and the deadline had ended on July 10. PMC officials had gone to the apartment along with police forces to demolish the unauthorised parts of the building, but the residents prevented them from doing so. They filed an interlocutory application (IA) seeking SC's intervention in payment of compensation. The SC, however, gave them just one-week time to vacate their flats.
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- Land deal for Patna airport expansion likely today TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2016, 05.57 AM IST
PATNA: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Bihar government will sign the land transfer agreement on Tuesday for expansion of the terminal building of Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport. Union civil aviation secretary R N Choubey and Bihar chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh would hold a meeting for transfer of around 13 acres of land near the airport.
Apart from Patna airport, discussions will also be held for development of terminal buildings at the Indian Air Force airbase at Purnia and Darbhanga as well. Besides, the AAI is also seeking 200 acres of additional land at Gaya International Airport for development of its apron and a new terminal building.
"The AAI board is keen on commencing the works on expansion of terminal building at Patna airport at the earliest and complete it in two years time," a senior AAI official said.
The AAI board gave its consent last month for transfer of around 11 acres of its land at Anisabad to Bihar government in return of 13 acres of land of the state hangar, depot of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and 6.5 acres of land owned by the Special Task Force (STF) adjacent to the airport. The additional 13 acres of land is proposed to be used by AAI for redeveloping the existing terminal building into a two-storey swanky building equipped with aerobridges.
Apart from the Patna airport, talks are also likely to be held at commencement of civil aviation operations from Bihta airbase. Both central and state governments have agreed on starting international flight operations from Bihta airbase for which a civil conclave is required to be developed.
Sources claimed that Indian Air Force has also agreed to transfer around 67 acres of land at Chunapur airbase in Purnia.
- Buying land to build offices only, nothing to do with demonetisation: BJP The plots were purchased in the name of BJP legislators Dilip Kumar Jaiswal, Sanjeev Chaurasia and Lal Babu Prasad.Madan Kumar | TNN | November 26, 2016, 13:00 IST
PATNA: JD-U and RJD on Friday demanded a probe into the purchase of land by BJP worth crores of rupees in different districts of Bihar weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modiannounced the demonetisation of 1000-rupee and 500-rupee notes.
The plots were purchased in the name of BJP legislators Dilip Kumar Jaiswal, Sanjeev Chaurasia and Lal Babu Prasad.
While Chaurasia admitted that the plots of land were purchased on the central leadership's directive for constructing party offices in respective districts, former deputy chief minister and senior BJP member Sushil Kumar Modi said the deals were made in a transparent manner.
JD(U) demanded a judicial probe into the mattter and also called for an inquiry by a joint parliamentary committee to ascertain if black money was used for purchasing land in Bihar.
"On perusal of the papers related to the land registry, it is apparent that the plots were purchased at the directiveof top BJP functionaries," Janata Dal (United) spokespersons Sanjay Singh and Neeraj Kumar told reporters.
They said BJP spent Rs4.7 crore to purchase land in Lakhisarai district on September 6, in Madhubani and Madhepura on September 14, in Katihar on September 16 and in Kishanganj and Arwal on September 19.
- Illegal constructions still rampant in Patna Vigilance cases have been initiated against 3,233 buildings, including those under construction, since 2003. However, of the 3,233 cases, only 929 have been disposed of so far.TNN | December 02, 2016, 12:31 IST
PATNA: Notwithstanding Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and district administration’s drive to curb illegal constructions in the city, some builders have continued construction activities flouting building bylaws.
Vigilance cases have been initiated against 3,233 buildings, including those under construction, since 2003. However, of the 3,233 cases, only 929 have been disposed of so far. Buildings in Patna fall in two categories – A and B. While PMC handles the ‘A’ category buildings, common people lodge complaints, if any, against ‘B’ category buildings. Of the 3,233 buildings under scanner, 2,430 are ‘A’ category ones.
“Lack of sufficient workforce is a serious impediment. While we initiate vigilance cases against illegal constructions, it is the duty of the police to stop such constructions. We inform the local police stations after initiating vigilance cases,” said a senior PMC officer.
Despite PMC warning builders against violating building bylaws by putting a notice on its website and sending reminders to the erring builders, illegal constructions are rampant in the city.
Former PMC commissioner Jai Singh had claimed that a team of engineers would do spot verification to tighten noose around builders. However, the civic body is yet to take any such step. Singh had also urged the home department eight months back to provide at least 200 policemen to the PMC to stop illegal constructions. The general administration department, on the other hand, was requested to give magisterial power to executive officers of PMC so that they can act against those violating building bylaws. “The two proposals are yet to be accepted,” said an official of the PMC’s vigilance wing.
- Ready for impartial probe into land deals, says BJP Abhay Singh| TNN | Updated: Dec 7, 2016, 09.24 AM IST
PATNA: The state BJP on Tuesday maintained that it was ready for an impartial probe by any investigative agency into the purchase of plots of land in the districts concerned for constructing party office buildings.
"We welcome an inquiry into the party's land purchase if it is ordered. In fact, we would welcome an inquiry conducted by any investigation agency, but that should be impartial and without any prejudice," said state BJP president Nityanand Rai. His predecessor Mangal Pandey accompanied him.
Rai was reacting to CM Nitish Kumar's statement made on Monday that the BJP had a lot of explanations to do on the land purchased by it in various districts of Bihar. The purchase had been made some weeks before the 'notebandi' announced by PM Narendra Modi on November 8. "Let them say whatever they say, but we are ready for a probe without any prejudice," Rai said, adding: "They don't have any issue. We have been explaining continuously that the land purchase is legal. It has nothing to do with notebandi." Further, on the issue of notebandi, Rai welcomed Nitish's support to the PM, but added that he (CM) has been maintaining a stand on the matter that is independent of his party JD(U). "CM is supporting the PM on notebandi, but JD(U) Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav toes a different line on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. He should also ask Sharadji to support notebandi," Rai said. He also said the CM thinks that only he speaks the truth in the JD(U). "He is not saying that his party is honest. Instead, the CM always says that he is honest. This is a strange situation in the JD(U)," Rai said.
He also countered deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on his becoming the state BJP chief. Reacting to the elevation of Rai, Tejashwi had said that he (read Rai) should feel obliged to RJD boss Lalu Prasad that the BJP had selected him to hold the post of its state president. When reminded of it, Rai quipped, "It only shows that he (Tejashwi) is afraid and has become nervous after my elevation."
- Demonetisation: Land registration dips in Nawada district of Bihar, revenue hit Land registrations figure shows that from a daily fixed target of Rs 15 lakh (Rs 54 crore for 2016-17) fixed by the state government, it has now shrunk to merely Rs 2 lakh per day.
NAWADA: Demonetisation has severely crippled state government’s revenue earning due to low registration of land plots and flats in Nawada district, after November 8.
Land registrations figure shows that from a daily fixed target of Rs 15 lakh (Rs 54 crore for 2016-17) fixed by the state government, it has now shrunk to merely Rs 2 lakh per day. “In the first week after demonetisation, hardly any registrations happened, but later it slowly improved,” said an official.
"Where is the cash to go for land or flat registration? Demonetisation has taken away everything. It will take months for the situation to become normal again," said a deed writer.
Apart from this, hundreds of legal agricultural plots which pay ‘malgujari’ (land revenue) every year, has been categorized as ‘gair majarua’ in the computerized land records of the registry office due to carelessness of circle officers and their revenue clerks who have been entrusted with providing land details falling under 14 blocks of the district to the sub-registrar.
Sub-registrar Jainuddin Ansari said, “Due to human error, many genuine land owners are unable to register their land and sell it to prospective buyers, thus contributing to shrinkage in revenue to the state coffers.”
He added that since November to February is the marriage season, many sell out their land to meet the marriage expenses but faulty categorization of land has hit registration work and has led to subsequent loss in revenue.
Nawada district magistrate -cum-registrar Manoj Kumar, who was apprised by the sub-registrar of the situation arising due to incorrect data provided by respective circle officers (CO), has entrusted the district land acquisition officer to rectify the mistakes. But no exercise to revise the and records has been undertaken.
Furthermore, shortage of hard cash as well as fear of being nabbed by income-tax authorities has lead to severe shortfall in revenue collection.
It may be added that revenue from real estate contributes highest to the state exchequer followed by sales tax.
The third largest revenue was generated by the excise department which no longer contributes ever since the state banned liquor in April, 2016.
- 40% decline in property registrations in Patna district TNN | Updated: Dec 14, 2016, 10.12 PM IST
Patna: The number of land registrations has dropped significantly in the Patna district since the demonetisation of old Rs500 and Rs1000 notes on November 8. Data from the registry office reveal almost 40% decline in the number of registrations of immovable properties in November, compared to the corresponding month last year.
Altogether 3,284 flats and plots of land were registered in Patna district this November. The data of November 2015 stands at 5,318. The maximum fall could be seen in the developing areas like Barh, Masaurhi, Bikram and Phulwarisharif, where people invested because of the availability of land. The number of property registrations in Patna sadar was 875 this November, compared to 900 last November.
In Barh, only 378 properties were registered last month, compared to 620 in November 2015. Similarly, a sharp fall was registered in Masaurhi with 349 less registrations in November compared to the previous year. In Bikram, too, 670 immovable properties were registered in November last year compared to 380 this year. Somewhat similar was the condition in Phulwarisharif where 380 properties were registered this November against last year's 851.
"The drastic fall in the number of registrations is mainly because of cash crunch. With little or no money in hand, how can people purchase property? Also, the actual money paid is always higher than the amount indicated in the minimum value register (MVR) fixed by the government and the extra amount is always paid in cash. It is not feasible to purchase immovable property right now," said a district administration official.
This year, the revenue generated per deed on an average was around Rs1 lakh. However, it was around Rs76,000 last year — extra earning of around Rs24,000. The extra earning per deed was because of increase in the MVR between 10 to 22%. However, in spite of the increase in the MVR this year, the revenue generated was around Rs35 crore, Rs5 crore less than in November 2015.
- Crackdown against commercial use of residential properties in Bihar soon The Patna high court had on Thursday asked the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to submit a report on commercial utilisation of residential properties in the state capital by December 22.TNN | December 17, 2016, 19:00 IST
PATNA: The urban development and housing department will soon conduct a statewide survey on unauthorised commercial utilisation of residential properties owned by urban local bodies, Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB) and other cooperative societies.
The Patna high court had on Thursday asked the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to submit a report on commercial utilisation of residential properties in the state capital by December 22.
Urban development and housing department minister Maheshwar Hazari told TOI on Friday that civic bodies and other agencies would be asked to conduct a survey on rampant commercial utilisation of residential properties.
“There are certain norms based on which residential properties in cooperative societies are allotted, including restriction on commercial usage. It leads to loss of revenue for the government as well. Hence, we are going to ask all urban local bodies to conduct survey of such properties in their respective jurisdictions and submit reports to us, so that further action could be taken,” Hazari said.
Commercial activities are rampant in residential cooperative societies, PRDA colonies and BSHB colonies in Patna. For instance, many houses in Doctors’ Cooperative Society and People’s Cooperative Society at Kankerbagh, IAS Colony at Sri Krishna Nagar and Patliputra Cooperative Society have been rented out to private clinics, coaching institutes and private offices.
Various commercial establishments, including shops, private nursing homes and private and government offices have come up on majority of the houses in Aniket Housing Society, popularly known as IAS colony located in Sri Krishna Nagar. The BSHB had allotted 25 plots in the IAS Colony to the beneficiaries, mostly bureaucrats, on July 21, 1980 for a lease period of 99 years. Sources claimed that one floor of each of the houses in the society have now been rented out for anywhere between Rs 20,000 and over Rs 1 lakh per month.
IAS Colony apart, private firms, a government office, a school and mobile towers have come up on many of the plots in Adarsh Cooperative Society in Sri Krishna Nagar. Majority of allottees in Adarsh Society are Patna high court advocates and employees, doctors and engineers.
The BSHB had cancelled the allotment of all plots in IAS Colony and Adarsh Colony in June, 2011 citing violation of Section 78 of the Bihar State Housing Board Act, 1982. Later, the order was challenged in the tribunal of urban development minister in July, following which the BSHB board took a decision in September in the same year to regularise the allotment to plot owners if they pay penalty. No action has been taken thereafter.
Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) had also initiated a massive crackdown on commercial utilisation of its residential properties during the tenure of former municipal commissioner Kuldip Narayan. The civic body had issued an order on December 24, 2013 stating that all commercial activities on residential purpose land at Patliputra, Sri Krishnapuri, Sri Krishna Nagar and Rajendra Nagar should be stopped within 72 hours from the date of its public announcement. However, many people affected by the order moved HC and no action was taken thereafter.
BSHB and PMC apart, unauthorised commercial utilisation of residential properties in other cooperative societies in Patna has also been quite rampant. The Patna HC had on October 9, 2013 directed registrar of Cooperative Societies, Bihar to file an up-to-date report on unauthorized commercial usage of residential purpose land in cooperative societies in the state capital.
- Bihar yet to provide land for ex-servicemen's housing scheme Welfare schemes for Army personnel is still a far cry in Bihar, said All India Ex-Services League former vice-president Col (retd) V K Singh.Kumod Verma | TNN | January 26, 2017, 13:00 IST
PATNA: Bihar is the second state after Uttar Pradesh known for its contribution to the armed forces from the recruitment ratio point of view. However, welfare schemes for Army personnel is still a far cry in Bihar, said All India Ex-Services League former vice-president Col (retd) V K Singh.
Singh said while all other states have provided land to Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO) to develop housing colony for defence personnel, Bihar is the only state which is lagging behind others in this regard. “As a result, most of the Army officials prefer to settle in other states after their retirement,” he said, adding that about 1,000 retired army officials have so far settled outside the state.
Singh said at least 10 acres of land is required for Patna and Gaya each to build housing colony for the retired army officials while land under the ‘Jawan Awas Yojna’ scheme is needed at Ara, Chhapra, Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur to build houses for the JCO and jawans on priority basis, he said.
He said Bihar government had assured a delegation of the Army officials to take steps to hand over land to AWHO during the last civil-military liaison meeting held here, but to no avail. About 11.5% of the armed forces below the rank of officers is from Bihar. “Unfortunately, the posts of Zila Kalyan Adhikari have been lying vacant in Bihar as none of the senior rank retired Army officers who have settled outside, are willing to serve the posts,” he said adding several posts of the Army polyclinics are also lying vacant in Bihar.
Under the new Army policy, AWHO would build defence colony on the land given by the state government. The colony will have facilities like CSD canteen, club, nursery school, parks, walking paths, garden, shops and other amenities on the pattern of defence colony in Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Shimla and Goa.
He said Indian Army is the fourth in the world in terms of numbers of military personnel. However, Bihar has virtually no Army station from military presence point of view while UP has 10 Army stations followed by 7 in West Bengal and 3 in Jharkhand. Bihar urgently needs Army stations or mini cantonments at Ara, Gaya, Motihari, Chhapra and Bhagalpur to take up welfare work of ex-servicemen, he said.