The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has sought details of all the board meetings of NOIDA (the New Okhla
industrial development authority) since 1976. The CAG has sought details of all agendas that have been approved in the board meetings since 1976. We are providing all details sought by the CAG for audit purposes. Among the important decisions that the board has taken are sending Rs. 350 crore from Noida authority to cities in eastern Uttar Pradesh for their development, giving loans to other bodies such as Agra development authority, UP state industrial development corporation, the Greater Noida authority and the Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority. The audit is being conducted in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. CAG will audit all accounts and transactions that take place in three authorities.
Put on the back foot by the revival of the Supreme Court-monitored committee on sealing and demolition, the Delhi
Development Authority (DDA) is yet again seeking to sidestep the crisis through the regularisation route by tweaking the Delhi Master Plan. While the Authority is yet to justify such attempts before the apex court, the expiry of the current Master Plan in 2021 gives it an opportunity to hasten the redrafting exercise. The changing realities of Delhi may indeed require updating the Master Plan, but the current crisis was not caused by any lack of vision in planning. Instead, it is the persistent failure of the authorities to implement successive Master Plans since the 1960s that have created the urban mess in Delhi.
In a stern warning to those who keep objecting to redevelopment projects in the city, the Bombay high court slammed one set of such “incessant objectors” and barred them from society membership till final possession of the new flats in Wadala. This is the first such order where the court has directed that, though eligible for rehabilitation, a bunch of 30-odd former occupants from among nearly 250 in a row of chawls on a large tract of land in Wadala, cannot be made members of the cooperative housing society unless the project gets completed and everyone is handed possession of permanent new houses. It suggested that a new rule be formulated to deprive such “incessant objectors” from all benefits, including rehabilitation eligibility.
Victims of unauthorised construction not only have the right to get the illegal construction razed, but they can also claim damages suffered due to such structure, by attaching the violator’s properties, Madras high court has ruled. A division bench of Justice M Venugopal and Justice S Vaidyanathan made the observation while hearing a plea moved by Golden Enclave Owners Association, Anna Nagar, Pammal, Chennai.The petitioner wanted the court to direct the commissioner of Pammal municipality to demolish unauthorised structure in the ground floor of their apartment complex constructed in deviation of the planning permission.
More than three years have passed since the housing and urban affairs ministry came out with the draft model tenancy act to bring relief to thousands of commercial property owners in Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities. But there has not been much progress as traders’ lobby in big cities are in favour of status quo. Housing ministry officials said the proposal is in the works, though the the draft was brought out in 2014 to replace the Rent Control Act of 1948 aimed at addressing the difficulties of landlords and tenants. The proposed outcomes include mutual fixing and revising of rent between the landlord and tenant, unlocking the existing properties which can be rented out and faster adjudication.Currently, majority of the commercial property owners in prime locations get rents fixed way back in 1960s.