Madhya Pradesh: In Shajapur, PMAY houses named after daughters – ET RealEstate

INDORE: Taking ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ campaign forward, Shajapur administration has started naming houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY, Rural). As many as 1000 such houses of various villages of Shajapur district have been painted, beautified and named after girl child of the family in the last ten days.

“Thousand houses have been named after the girl child of the family. The initiative has increased the sacredness of these houses,” said chief minister office (CMO) in a tweet on Thursday. “The initiative taken up by the residents of Shajapur to respect and empower our girl child is laudable,” it added.

What struck the Shajapur administration to launch this initiative was innovative thinking of some officials, who decided to take use of residential units constructed under the PMAY (rural) scheme in different villages to generate awareness about welfare services intended for girls.

Shajapur zila panchayat authorities said that they have converged the PMAY (Rural) scheme with the government’s ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ campaign of the government of India, and claimed that the initiative would be the first of its kind in the country.

Chief executive officer of zilla panchayat Misha Singh said that it is already a government mandate to make ownership of a PMAY unit especially in rural areas in the name of a female member of the family.

“This has become more important to give the fair sex its due, and we thought about how to give prominence to girl child, and came out with this idea of naming the houses after the girls,” said Singh while speaking to TOI.

They approached villagers with a girl child in their family through village sarpanchs, and convinced them into naming their houses after their girl child. The CEO pointed out that they used limited funds made available by the ministry of women and child development for the IEC (information, education, communication) activities to get the house cleaned up, beautified and named after the girl child of the respective families.

“We are targeting to cover at least 4000 residential units constructed under PMAY (rural) last year under this initiative,” she added.

Santosh Singh, a resident of Jamner Janpad Panchayat, who has named his house as ‘Monika Niwas’ after his ten-year-old daughter after he was approached by officials, said, “I decided to name my house after my daughter. Both are close to my heart, and I feel proud about naming the house after my daughter.”

Shajapur collector Dinesh Jain said that the administration’s emphasis is on empowerment of women by focusing on their health, education and financial upliftment.

“Many steps are being taken including that putting a check on child marriages, identifying haemoglobin level of the women between 15 to 49 years of age and providing them required nutrition-rich food supplement to eradicate anaemia and also giving them chance to earn their livelihood by educating them about farming and helping getting loans for self-employment,” he said.



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Tenant can’t be denied flat owner’s parking space: Maharashtra court – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra state cooperative appellate court has said a tenant or a leave and licence holder has the right to park their car in the space allotted to a member on the society premises. It has “temporarily restrained” a cooperative housing society at Nepeansea Road from preventing a flat owner from allowing a person who had rented his flat to use his parking slot, reports Swati Deshpande.

The February 9 judgment said that the only question that arose for consideration was “whether the licensee can enjoy the alloted parking space which is allotted to…the member of the society?” It added, “A car parking space allotted to the owner can be used by the tenant as he has full rights over it.”

“As per Development Control Rules framed under the MRTP Act, 1966, the tenant cannot be denied parking,” stated the judgment in an appeal filed by a member of the south Mumbai society.

The February 9 judgment by appellate court member S S Kakade said, “The society should not discriminate, as parking rules are governed by DC Rules and if the owner is eligible to get parking space, then the tenant should also get the benefit of that space.”

Retired Army Brigadier S S Kadan (68) had appealed against a cooperative court order last year rejecting his plea for interim relief. He had challenged the society’s 2014 car parking policy as “arbitrary and unreasonable”.

When he decided last year to let out his flat, he said the society showed him the 2014 policy that sets out priority for car parking and rejected his request to permit his licensee to park a car in the society premises.

The society has 110 members and 101 parking slots, he said. The society, though, said there were only 70 parking slots for 110 flats.

His counsel, Aditya Chitale and Prathamesh Bhosle, said Kadan purchased a flat in the building in 2006 and was allotted an open-to-sky car parking slot by the society. He sought a declaration that his licensee was entitled to use his open car parking slot in the society premises. He also sought to prevent the society from obstructing such prospective tenants from using his parking space for a temporary period.

The society, through law firm AAK Legal, argued its car parking policy approved by the AGM was fair to all members and “well within the ambit of Bye Law 78 (B), which specifically states that if a society has the right to allot parking, then no other member can transfer or assign it to any other person”.

The society’s counsel said priority to parking space was based on three preferences–first to members not allotted any, second to members who owned a second vehicle and also have one parking, and third is for temporary parking to guests and tenants, provided space is available.

The society admitted the Brigadier’s licensees were allowed car parking till 2014. From then, till 2020, the family occupied it.

The court said the flat owner was only seeking relief to “not to prevent his licensee from enjoying’’ his parking space for a temporary period, “hence the question of non-availability of space as alleged by the society does not arise”.

“The trial court failed to consider that the licensee has the right to enjoy the facilities and amenities attached to the flat, which he/she has taken on a license basis till the license period is over,’’ said the cooperative appeal court judgment, setting aside the trial court order. The judgment also said trial court failed to consider that since September 2020, the society allowed Kadan’s licensee to park her vehicle in the slot on payment of daily charges.

It also said the flat owner has a right to seek inspection of the society records free of cost under the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, and directed the society to allow him such inspection.

The court directed the trial court to decide the dispute over levy of any penalty, other than appropriate parking charges, expeditiously, within eight months.



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Chandigarh administration plans to extend solar plant installation deadline by 6-9 months – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The UT administration plans to extend solar plant installation deadline, ending on March 31, by six to nine months.

Sources said, “The administration is contemplating extending the deadline till September-end or December-end. The final decision will be taken by UT administrator VP Singh Badnore.”

The last deadline had ended on March 31, 2020. As lockdown was is in force, the UT had decided not to impose any penalty on residents, and extended the deadline till March 31, 2021.

“The issue will be discussed next month when senior UT officials and the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) will hold a meeting. The administration plans to extend the last date because of many reasons like people could not install solar plants due to national lockdown and coronavirus; shortage of manpower with companies for setting up of the plants on residential houses; and concern of residents on allowing people to enter their houses for installation of plants due to coronavirus, among others,” sources added.

The Union government last year had notified the new subsidy scheme for the rooftop solar units. Under it, the subsidy amount has been raised from 30% to 40% for panels up to 3 kWp capacity. For solar units from 4 kWp to 10 kWp, the subsidy will be 20%. The same has been adopted by the UT administration. There will be no subsidy for plants above 10kWp. Earlier, 30% subsidy was given to all applicants irrespective of the capacity of the plant.

The administration in a notification issued on May 18, 2016, had made installation of rooftop solar power plants mandatory in residential houses measuring 500 square yard and above and group housing societies. There are around 10,000 such houses in different parts of the city, including sectors 8 (417 houses), 11 (493 houses), 33 (643 houses), 35 (419 houses) and 36 (417 houses).



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Relaxo’s Ritesh Dua buys bungalow in South Delhi for Rs 70 crore – ET RealEstate

Ritesh Dua of Relaxo footwear has bought a sprawling 1250 square yard bungalow in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar for around Rs 70 crore, three persons aware of the deal said.

There have been at least half a dozen high value transactions in South Delhi’s posh areas like Vasant Vihar, Western colony and Shanti Niketan, post lifting of lockdown.

Surrounded by embassies and in close proximity with Lutyens Delhi, these areas are in demand by HNIs looking forward to bigger independent home.

“The Dua family currently lives in West Delhi and will move here. They bought another smaller plot in the area about two years ago but didn’t move there. The seller is a family who was looking to distribute the asset,” said one person familiar with the deal.

The 1,244 sq metre plot in Vasant Vihar is one of the biggest as only 10 plots are available in 2,000 sq metre range.

“In Vasant Vihar, plot size ranges from 450 sq metre to 2,000 sq metre and most of them have come on sale post lifting of lockdown and many are looking to liquidate the asset. The advantage with bigger plots in South Delhi is the buyer can redevelop the plot and construct up to four floors, which is not allowed in Lutyens Delhi,” said Pradeep Prajapati, head of the luxury residential service for IQI India.

Recently, Ashok Jaipuria, founder of Cosmo Films, has bought a 1,200 square yard bungalow in South Delhi’s West End Colony for about Rs 80 crore.

Former Additional Solicitor General of India and leading lawyer, Vikas Singh, had also bought a sprawling 860 square yard bungalow in Sunder Nagar in Lutyens’ Delhi for around Rs 70 crore.

Property consultants said that the recent Delhi government decision to reduce the circle rate by 20% across property categories for the next six months, will further boost the market.

Industry experts said that in upscale South Delhi areas such as Maharani Bagh, Vasant Vihar, New Friends Colony and Panchsheel Park, the circle rate was higher than the market rate and many sellers were thus unable to slash prices, fearing penalties from the tax authorities.



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