Rajasthan government to appoint town planners in every urban body – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: State government has decided to appoint town planners in every UIT and urban body of the state. For this process, 43 posts of assistant town planner are sanctioned and a creation of town planning cell in all urban local bodies of the state is approved, in which more than 200 posts of this cadre are sanctioned.

The various posts include assistant town planners, junior town planners, draftsman, that are sanctioned and approval has been given for new posts to be recruited and posted soon in all urban local bodies.

Another important decision includes the concept of ‘Nagar Mitra’ to be introduced for the first time for all the cities in the state. In this concept, technically qualified professionals and agencies will be registered as ‘Nagar Mitra’ who will provide technical assistance to the citizens in all the matters of permissions like patta, building plan, site plan, sub division/ reconstitution, regularization and various other municipal permissions on a government prescribed fee.

A senior town planner said that the relevance of urban bodies has increased and the focus on planned towns/cities has caught government’s eye. Hence, these posts are created to have a systematic development in the city. The decision was approved by chief minister Ashok Gehlot and UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal recently.

These professionals will also provide technical support to urban bodies on a normal fee. Cities will have number of such ‘Nagar Mitras’ registered, depending on the requirement of the city. These personnel will have technical qualification like architects, engineers, urban planners etc. including post graduates/graduate/diploma/ ITI etc. as prescribed by the government.

This new concept of ‘Nagar Mitra’ will create employment opportunities for more than 2,500 professionals to be registered for 213 urban bodies, including authorities and UITs.

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Rajasthan: PGs complying policy norms can come under guest house scheme – ET RealEstate

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JAIPUR: The guest house policy for urban areas cleared by state Cabinet on Wednesday allows existing paying guest houses offering between six and 20 rooms to be covered under the policy. But the policy has stipulated that the residential plot should be located on a road having 30 feet width and the size should be 167 square metre or more.

Despite their location being in residential areas, they are likely to pay commercial rates for water and electricity consumption even though the policy does not mention about it, said an official in the tourist department.

As per the policy, the guest house units need to possess fire safety and FSSAI licenses and have to submit building plan of the residence prepared by an architect.

In the 20 rooms, excluding the three rooms where the family can stay for the look after the guests, not more than 40 beds would be allowed. The size of each room needs to be 120 square feet or above.

The guest houses will be classified under two categories – A and B – factoring in facilities like AC, western toilets, refrigerator and branding etc. The registration fees will be Rs 5,000, and Rs 3,000 for categories A and B, respectively.

The policy was introduced in compliance to the provision in Tourism Policy, 2020. The PG scheme up to five rooms in residential houses is already in place in the state. But at several occasions, the stakeholders have raised the issue of non-viability to run PG houses up to five rooms professionally as they have to pay electricity, water and other charges on commercial rates. Moreover, many PG houses after obtaining approval from tourism department add more rooms to make it viable but do not disclose the same.

The guest house scheme will allow the residential house owners or lessee to offer professional services and also ensure that the guests stay with an Indian family. Under this scheme a lessee can also run a residential house provided the family of the lessee stays in the premises.

The scheme is aimed at increasing the availability of affordable accommodation, raise the inventory of rooms, provide experience to stay with a family and put to use the huge investment in residential properties.

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Fire department will survey commercial properties in Jaipur – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: City’s fire department has started surveying the commercial properties to have a look at the fire security systems on their premises.

Over the last few days, fire security in the city’s commercial places has become a major issue.

The fire department in JMC, Greater has given a task to its officers in each zone to survey commercial properties and submit a report. Based on this report, action will be taken against these private property owners.

Jagdish Phulwari, chief fire officer of JMC, Greater, said, “We had a meeting with the officials last week and since then all our officers are going regularly to these properties. At many places, fire system is not working and, in many places, they do not have the NOC. So, we have decided to survey all the properties in the area and make a comprehensive report.”

On Saturday, JMC, Greater mayor Somya Gurjar along with other officials went on a surprise inspection to some shopping malls of the city and found that fire systems were not in place at many spots and NOC of the buildings were not updated.

Paras Jain, chairman of the fire committee, said that these surprise inspections show the condition of fire security. “We are taking this issue seriously as fire security lapse can be a reason for potential mishap in the city. We have already given notices to the owners of these malls and action will be taken against them, but now we will take it to another level and survey other properties as well,” said Jain.

The first report of the fire survey will be submitted on March 17, 2021, after which notices will be issued to the owners of commercial properties.

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Rajasthan ranks second in the progress made under PMAY-Gramin – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: A performance index report 2019-20, which was released on Friday, showed that Rajasthan ranked second among all states in the country, after Uttar Pradesh, in the progress made under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G).

The state scored 85 points compared to Uttar Pradesh’s total score of 91.11. Additional chief secretary (ACS), rural development and panchayati raj department, Rohit Kumar Singh attributed the department’s performance to “strict monitoring and follow-up”.

“A significant progress has been made over the past six months through strict monitoring at the state level. The districts that were lagging were identified and pressure was put on them to perform,” said Singh. Earlier, the state’s ranking hovered around 6th to 4th position in the country.

Jharkhand stood at the third position with 83.5 points and Madhya Pradesh was at the fourth position with 79.6 points. Assam was at the fifth position with 74.6 points. Karnataka was the worst performer among the states with just 17.01 points.

Singh said out of 6.87 lakh houses sanctioned in the first phase, construction of 6.70 lakh houses has been completed, which accounts for 98.31% completion. Out of 6.48 houses sanctioned in the second phase, construction of 4 lakh houses has been completed.

He also informed that of the 13.34 lakh houses sanctioned since the start of the scheme, construction of 10.69 lakh houses has been completed, which accounts for 80.11% completion. Singh had written to all the collectors to complete construction of the remaining houses under PMAY-G by March 31.

Singh had earlier expressed displeasure over slow progress of work by the districts under PMAY-G as only 15.3% (33,334) of its target was met in February.

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