The local self-government department (LCGD) of Kerala has asked officials in five municipal corporations to include their name and designation in the file along with seal to ensure transparency in awarding various building clearance certificates. The department has asked officials, who grant permits for building plans, allot building numbers, and issue occupancy and other certificates, to clearly mention their name, designation and contact number, along with official seal, to keep a check on allotment of building permits in violation of the Kerala State Municipality Building Rules.
An index, tracking the number of houses being constructed every year across the country, is being launched, Union housing and urban poverty alleviation minister, Girija Vyas, claimed. The housing start-up index (HSUI), which will be another indicator of the economy’s health, is being developed in collaboration with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and reflects how many building permits are converted into actual start-ups. “Work has started in 25 pilot cities and information on 600,000 buildings has been collected—they are at various stages of construction,” Mr Vyas said.
The Supreme Court has held that if compensation for land acquired under the 1894 Land Acquisition Act has not been paid to the landowner, or deposited with a competent court and retained in the treasury, the acquisition would be deemed to have lapsed and would be covered under The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (the 2013 Act) entitling the landowners to higher compensation. However, the rider is that such an award of compensation should be five years or more prior to the enactment of the 2013 Act which was notified on 1 January 2014.