Flouting Fire Norms

Owners of at least 100 multi-storeyed buildings have been issued a 15-day notice by the district authorities in Kanpur for flouting rules set by the fire department. The buildings include residences, hotels, a hospital and certain shops in a market.

The notices were issued on the recommendation of the chief fire officer. District magistrate Roshan Jacob has asked the owners to explain why they had not constructed the buildings according to the rules of the fire department.

Kanpur has around 500 multi-storeyed buildings, of which around 100 have not been built in conformity with the rules of the fire department, according to reports. There are others whose plans have not been approved by Kanpur development authority (KDA).

The fire department is checking the multi-storeyed buildings of the city and has found residential buildings along with eight hotels, one hospital and 11 shops, in which fire department rules have not been complied with.

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Maharashtra To Scan 260 Million Land Records

Maharashtra government is planning to take up scanning of land records in all the districts. All land-related records will be preserved in a digital format at every tehsil office as well as at the state level. About 260 million documents are expected to be scanned. A pilot project for record scanning was implemented in Haveli taluka in Pune district.

The state government is also working on features like downloading and online payment gateway to obtain scanned copies of land records.

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Builder Fined Rs7 Lakh

The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Liberty Investments Pvt Ltd to pay Rs7.40 lakh to a Mumbai-based cooperative housing society (CHS) for failing to fulfil statutory obligations of forming a CHS and procuring various important documents.

The builder has also been ordered to refund Rs5.47 lakh that the CHS members had paid towards formation of the CHS, sewerage taxes and other costs incurred, over the years. Additionally, the builder will also have to procure the occupation certificate and execute the conveyance deed in favour of the CHS within a period of four months.

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