Rajasthan: 2.59 lakh ineligible names removed from PMAY-Gramin list – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: The state’s rural development and panchayati raj department has identified 2.59 lakh ineligible beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) in the state.

After removal of the ineligible beneficiaries from the Awaas Plus list, currently, there are 13.37 lakh eligible beneficiaries in the state.

According to data from the department, of the total 15.90 lakh families registered on Awaas Plus app,names of 2.06 lakh ineligible beneficiaries were rejected via system directly and the rest 52,527 ineligible beneficiaries were rejected by districts because of technical and clerical errors.

Rajasthan has got a fresh target from government of India to build 3.97 lakh houses under the scheme in 2021-22.

“In line with the scheme’s focus, the states/UTs are required to earmark at least 60% of the targets for SCs and STs subject to their availability in the permanent waiting list (PWL).

To cater to the housing needs of the minorities, as far as possible,15% of the total targets under the scheme is to be earmarked for them,” a ministry of rural development department order stated.



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Rajasthan: Stamp duty relaxation extended for buyers in high-rises till Sep 30 – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Considering the demands of developers, the state government has decided to extend relaxation on stamp duty for three months till September. Though the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) had written to the finance department to extend relaxation on stamp duty till March 2022, the department provided relief till September.

During the budget, the state government announced to reduce stamp duty on housing units in multi-storey buildings from 6% to 4% until June 30, 2021. The benefits were provided to buyers purchasing flat worth up to Rs 50 lakh. As the real estate industry failed to reap the benefit of relaxation after strict guidelines were imposed during the second wave, the developers demanded the extension

Rajasthan CREDAI chairman Gopal Prasad Gupta said, “To support the developers, the state government should adopt an approach like Maharashtra, where stamp duty relief is provided to all plots. The window is too small and people will not take benefit of this extension.”

After the first lockdown, both consumers and real estate industry faced a setback as stamp duty was increased to 6% from 5%. Also, with 1% registration fee and 30% other taxes, the total stamp duty had gone up to 8.8%.

Though the relaxations were announced in February, restrictions imposed during the second wave put a spoke in real estate industry’s wheel. “Not many could crack the deal due to the second wave. Many consumers who planned buy a flat up to Rs 50 lakh shelved their plans ,” said Ankur Sharma, a developer

On the demand of CREDAI, the Rajasthan Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) had also given one month extension to developers to submit quarterly progress reports (QRPS) of their registered projects.

In the last orders, the authority mentioned that the last date for submission of QRPs for all the earlier quarters and also for the quarters ending on March 31, 2021 had been extended to June 30, 2021 without any delay processing charges or penalty. This has now extended to July 31, 2021.



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PMAY-Gramin beneficiaries suffer amid centre & Rajasthan governments’ tussle over funds – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Even as Rajasthan had recently topped among all states in its performance under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G), the allocation of funds by the centre tells a different story.

Amid a tussle between state and the centre over delay in release of funds amounting to Rs 682.07 crore (for financial year 2020-21), pending since December last year, has resulted in non-payment of second and third installment of 76,764 beneficiaries under the scheme, inducing a total liability of Rs 425.27 crore.

The state’s chief secretary Niranjan Arya had written a letter to the centre last month (May) urging release of its share of Rs 682.07 crore for building houses, sanctioned in the year 2020-21, under PMAY-G.

According to data shared by the state’s rural development department, of the 13.36 lakh sanctioned houses, construction of 11.44 lakh houses have already been completed (from 2016-17 to date). In 2020-21, of the 2.03 sanctioned houses, construction of 90,834 (44.73%) were completed.

“There is hardly any progress in work under PMAY-G as we are yet receive funds from the centre, pending since December last year (2021). The centre is not releasing the amount as the record shows that while the state government has released Rs1,027 crore to the treasury (PD account), the amount has not been transferred to the state nodal account (money is transferred to the beneficiaries from this account),” said a senior official. “However, the state’s cash-strapped treasury has to distribute funds, depending on its availability, for running the schemes under all departments and other purposes.”

“Because the money has not been transferred to the state nodal account, the centre doesn’t consider it released (to the beneficiaries). Hence, there is a delay in release of funds by the centre since December last year. Due to this delay, nearly 77,000 beneficiaries under the scheme are suffering,” the official added.



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Rajasthan housing board starts construction of luxurious MLA flats – ET RealEstate

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JAIPUR: After completing the paper work in record time, the Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) has initiated the construction work of luxurious flats for MLA project near assembly in Jyoti Nagar.

A Jaipur-based firm N S Gadhiya, which quoted the lowest bid of Rs 266 crore against the Rs 280 bidding price has been awarded with the work. Its nearest competitor bid to construct the project in Rs 336 crore.

An official source said, “Making optimum use of pandemic, the tender work was completed and work was awarded to the firm. It was a tight competition as 17 firms participated in the pre-bid. The firm has also started the digging work on ground and we are hoping to complete the project before the deadline of 30 months.”

The RHB has also successfully acclaiming the land on which these apartments will be constructed. The board has taken possession and demolished 54 bungalows of MLAs. In the project, the RHB proposed to construct an eight-storey building in the periphery of the legislative assembly to accommodate 160 MLAs.

Each flat will measure 3,200 square feet and comprise four bedrooms, one drawing room, a kitchen and a one room for domestic help. As per the previous design, the JDA had proposed 176 flats. However, the idea did not go well with the committee which is overseeing the project as the open area was less. Now, 16 flats have been reduced in the project to develop a central lawn measuring 36,000 square metre. In the project, the RHB has earmarked parking for 1,200 vehicles and a 12-room guest house. RHB has been appointed as the nodal agency for constructing MLA apartments. An official said the revenue earned after selling the land at Lal Kothi and Jalupura will be utilized to construct the apartments.

Sources said, considering the project as a special case, the 28-metre building has been proposed against the 15-metre rule mentioned in the building bylaws. The RHB has proposed to construct the apartment till the base height of the dome. This proposal has been cleared by the government.



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