Bengaluru civic body allows RWAs to set up covid care centres – ET RealEstate

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BENGALURU: With Bengaluru emerging as an epicentre of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka for the last one year, the city’s civic body has recently allowed all the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporates, resident welfare associations (RWAs) and other apartment complexes to set up Covid care centres within their premises for treating the asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients.

Bengaluru has been grappling with a shortage of beds for quite some time, especially after the outbreak of the second Covid wave. The city’s Covid tally now stands at over 25,000.

“With the rising number of Covid cases, the civic body has decided to allow setting up of Covid care centres,” a senior health department official told IANS.

The officer added that such an order was in operation during the first wave too, but it had not garnered much attention as the government had not faced such a huge crisis earlier.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru civic body’s Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta told the media that many RWAs, apartment complexes and individual organisations had submitted requests and sought permission to set up CCCs within their premises to attend to the asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients with the necessary medical assistance.

“As a result of this, we have issued this order as well as directed our zonal health officers to give permission by obtaining approval from the Zonal Commissioners,” he said.

“Many apartment management committees had come up with this idea after several people tested positive in a block of an apartment or a floor of the apartment complex.

“Many apartment dwellers felt the need to quarantine even asymptomatic patients instead of home isolation. Therefore, they converted their clubhouses into Covid care centres, this is helping them to contain the spread of the virus,” Ashish Kulkarni, a resident of an upmarket apartment complex in Vidyaranyapura told IANS.

The Bengaluru civic body has also laid down various conditions and rolled out a list of prerequisites to set up CCCs. Permission has been given only to admit asymptomatic and mild-symptomatic patients.

“The RWAs shall have a tie-up with the medical team or with a doctor residing in the premises for triaging and regular clinical support of the patients,” the order stated.



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RLDA to develop multi-functional complexes at three railway stations – ET RealEstate

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The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has invited bids for leasing of three sites to develop Multi-Functional Complexes (MFC) at Bellary, Sikar and Bharatpur Railway Stations for 45 years.

The sites are situated in the vicinity of the respective station complexes or fall in the circulating area of the Railway stations.

A combination of a hotel, retail spaces and retail amenities are envisaged to be developed on these MFC sites.

“The sites are strategically located in the vicinity of railway stations and are well-connected to prominent landmarks. The proposed Multi-Functional Complexes at these three railway stations will provide state-of-the-art amenities to passengers and enhance their experience.

The development will provide a fillip to tourism and retail segments and contribute towards the local economy as well. RLDA’s model of development of MFCs also provides opportunities to small investors to invest in commercial spaces having assured footfall near the existing railway stations,” said Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice Chairman, RLDA.

Sikar Junction, Rajasthan, falls in the North Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It handles around 22 trains and 5700 passengers per day. The RMS building lies to the north of the Sikar site. The platform is on the east and the station road is on the west of the plot. The station circulating area lies in the south.

Bharatpur Junction (Rajasthan) falls in the Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It handles around 20 pairs of trains and 7000-8000 passengers per day. Bharatpur is well connected to Agra (54 km), Delhi (182 km), Fatehpur Sikri (20 km), Jaipur (174 km), Mathura (36 km) and Sariska (130 km). A lot of environment enthusiasts and bird watchers visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, specially during winter season.

Bellary Railway Station (Karnataka) falls in the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It handles an average of 32 trains and around 8000 passengers per day. Bellary is well connected by road to different parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Goa.

The developer will be mandated to complete construction at each site and commission the same within two years. These sites are meant to enhance rail user facilities such as shopping, bookstall, ATM, food stall, medicine, variety store, budget hotel etc. The bidder will be permitted to market and sub-lease Built-Up Area for any legal and lawful activities.

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways for the development of Railway land. It has four key mandates as a part of its development plan, namely leasing of commercial sites, colony redevelopment, station redevelopment and multi-functional complexes.

RLDA is currently handling 123 Multi-Functional Complexes and 84 railway colony redevelopment projects. Of these 123 Multi-Functional Complexes, 55 MFCs have already been leased out. 13 MFCs have already been completed and rest are in advance stage of construction. RLDA also has over 84 commercial (greenfield) sites across India for leasing, and the eligible developers for each will be selected through an open and transparent bidding process.



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Residents in Bengaluru giving up their rented houses amidst rising covid cases – ET RealEstate

BENGALURU: With covid cases shooting through the roof, several Bengalureans are giving up their rented houses to seek shelter in their hometowns

If you’ve been seeing quite a few To-Let boards in the City, you’re not imagining them. The boards are appearing on shop windows, house gates and at office entrances as people have started seeking safe places. Like a flock of birds flying homes to shelters from the storm, thousands of people in the City are seeking out the safety of their parents’ homes and home towns.

Sujit Kumar had rented a house in Marathahalli because it was close to his office. With Covid cases in Bengaluru averaging close to 10,000 a day and the fears of a lockdown rising again, Kumar has vacated his house and moved back in with his parents’ house in Hesaraghatta. Kumar is just one of the many who have moved out of their current accommodations to safer options.

Darshana (name changed), a content writer, will be moving house this weekend. Her landlord had raised the rent and she moved to another area where she could be close to a friend and her family. “Last year’s lockdown was hard on me. I don’t think I can survive another lockdown, living alone,” she says.

Realty professionals say that with the resurgence of Covid cases, many rented houses are becoming vacant. T Ramesh Kumar, a real estate agent said, “Many of my shops are also vacant. Shopkeepers have vacated the premises fearing a lockdown. Rumours are spreading as rapidly as the coronavirus. Despite the State Government saying there will be no lockdown, people are not ready to listen and they don’t want to get stuck in the city without transportation and food, like last year. Hence, a section of the people is moving out and commercial complex owners are staring at vacant shops and offices.”

Kamala S, a resident of Defence Colony said, “My tenants had vacated the house last year and just two months back they had returned. But with Covid cases rising again, they have gone back to their home towns. I don’t know how long I will have to wait till I get new tenants.”

The railway stations have been seeing a huge rush of people in the last few weeks as many are heading out of the City. A few want to settle down in their home towns where Covid cases are comparatively lesser. As many companies have been offering work from home, many are opting to work from villages and small towns that they come from. R Prasad, a first-year BA student told Mirror, “I vacated my house on Bannerghatta road on April 11 and went back to Patna as my classes are now online. Back home, my parents are worried about my safety. Many of my friends have also moved out of the city.”

Those who own houses are now planning to offer discounts to their tenants. “As per the agreement, there used to be a 10 per cent hike in the rent every year. However, we have discontinued the practice and instead have asked for a five per cent increase. It’s better to have some rent coming in than none at all. Even if a house is vacant, we have to pay a minimum amount for electricity and water bills, and property tax,” said Girish S, a techie and a house owner.

My tenants had vacated the house last year and just two months back they had returned. But with Covid cases rising again, they have gone back to their home towns.— Kamala S, a resident of Defence Colony

Lakshmipathi B, a civil engineer said, “Work from Home and better internet connectivity in places away from Bengaluru is driving people to rural areas. When you can work from anywhere, why would anyone want to stay in Bengaluru and pay high rents? We are also seeing a sudden cancellation of orders from clients who wanted to build houses for rent. Now, we are being asked to wait for a few years so that the demand picks up.”

There are others who are hiring storage spaces to dump their luggage. “Since we are vacating our rented accommodation for a few months, we are looking for places where we can store our things till we come back. Once the situation normalises, we can come back and set up a new home,” said Prashanthi Reddy, a student. However, Suma Devi, a Bengalurean said, “Since last year we have been seeing that when Covid cases rise, people vacate the city and move out. I am a local, so where can I go? I have to stay here and protect myself from Covid. However, during my walks, I see many ‘To Let’ boards everywhere.”



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Karnataka CM directs banks to speed up loan approval under PMAY scheme – ET RealEstate

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BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday directed the banks not to delay disbursement of loans to eligible beneficiaries under central schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana (PMSY).

Reviewing the progress of the schemes with bankers and officials at a meeting in Vidhana Soudha here, the CM expressed his displeasure over their implementation in the state, an official statement said.

“The progress in both these schemes is stagnant in Karnataka as compared to other states. Bankers should pay their attention to avoid delay in sanctioning loans under these schemes,” Yediyurappa was quoted as saying.

He pointed out that the PMAY and PMSY were ambitious schemes introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the benefit of the poor.

The CM suggested that the banks prioritise implementation of the schemes.

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