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  • CREDAI Bengal Daily News Update | 20.11.19

    WEST BENGAL NEWS

    Kolkata civic body to amend building rules to curb pollution from

    debris

    A number of measures have also been made compulsory to deal with bulk generation of

    waste following demolition of a big building or a huge concrete structure.

    The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is set to amend its building rules to make it

    mandatory for everyone to take adequate precautionary measures before demolishing a building

    to stop air pollution.

    A number of measures have also been made compulsory to deal with bulk generation of waste

    following demolition of a big building or a huge concrete structure.

    Those razing a particular structure have to ensure that demolition debris don‘t get mixed with

    other solid waste. Additionally, they must make sure the debris are kept on the premises.

    Littering or deposition of demolition waste has been prohibited as this might not only contribute

    to the growing air pollution but also create hurdles in traffic movement.

    Disposal of demolition waste, like concrete, steel, bricks, mortar and plastic, will be segregated

    and the applicant will also need to give an undertaking that all stipulated measures will be

    followed to control air pollution at the site. The applicant will also have to bear the expense of

    transportation if the civic solid waste manage department is approached to take such debris

    away.

    Newspaper/Online ET Realty (online)

    Date November 19, 2019

    Link https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/regulatory/kolkata-civic-body- to-amend-building-rules-to-curb-pollution-from-debris/72123672

  • According to a buildings department official, an implementation committee for the national

    clean air programme had, in July, suggested incorporating certain restrictions in the KMC

    buildings rules in case of demolition of a structure with a view to protecting the air in the city.

    Accordingly, the KMC top brass decided to amend the rules — rule 20 — that will

    accommodate the norms of construction and demolition waste management. When building rule

    20 gets amended, it will put some restrictions on demolition of a building or concrete structure.

    According to the new set of KMC building rules, those applying for bulk waste generation will

    need to submit a waste management plan to the buildings and solid waste management

    departments. If the estimated waste generation is more than 20 tonnes a day or 300 tonnes in a

    month, prior approval must be sought from the municipal commissioner. The buildings

    department will seek an undertaking from an architect or the Licenced Building Surveyor that

  • certain measures would be taken in case a lot of building wastes are generated after demolition.

    Earlier, anyone applying for demolition of a building would just intimate the date of demolition.

    There was no restriction on grounds of pollution.

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  • OTHER NEWS

    Nashik civic body to give 5% concession in property tax for

    building composting wet waste

    Concession in property tax will be implemented after an approval from the civic body’s

    general body meeting.

    The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), in a bid to promote composting of wet waste, is

    planning to introduce 5% concession in property tax for all buildings that carry out this process

    on their premises.

    Concession in property tax will be implemented after an approval from the civic body‘s general

    body meeting. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishna Game said such tax concession would be

    introduced shortly to encourage citizens for composting wet waste.

    ―The NMC collects 550 tonne of wast from across the city through 225 garbage vans. This

    include both dry and wet waste. It costs around Rs 2,000 per tonne to collect the filth from the

    city. Hence, we are planning to introduce concession in property tax for those buildings that

    resort to composting wet or green waste,‖ he said.

    According to Game, the objective is to encourage people to start composting wet waste on their

    premises of their buildings, apartments or societies.

    The move is aimed at reducing the waste that the civic body collects from households on a daily

    basis and that will in turn save money spent on the collection of waste.

    The NMC is already giving 5% concession in property tax to citizens who are using solar

    power. Another NMC official said they are also creating awareness among people about

    composting of green waste in view of the Swachh Survekshan programme 2020 — launched by

    the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

    ―We are organising clean establishment competitions for buildings, school, colleges and

    government offices. Those resorting to composting of wet waste will definitely get more

    marks,‖ the official said.

    This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey that is to be held in January 2020 and

    the NMC has already started preparations in this connection.

    Nashik did not fare well in the last survey (2019) as its ranking dropped from 63 in 2018 to 67

    Newspaper/Online ET Realty (online)

    Date November 19, 2019

    Link https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/regulatory/nashik-civic-body- to-give-5-concession-in-property-tax-for-building-composting-wet- waste/72123395

  • among 425 cities. ―We have identified the areas where we did not perform well during the last

    survey and that led to drop in ranking of cleaning cities. Citizens feedback and documentation

    of activities were the major areas where we did not do well last year,‖ the NMC official said.

    ―Hence, we want to increase participation of citizens in view of the Swachh Survekshan so that

    the ranking of the city improves this time,‖ he added.

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  • Aadhaar-property linking not an easy road: Experts

    The Supreme Court in September last year had upheld the Constitutional validity of

    Aadhaar, making it a legal proof of identity and address for over 1.2 billion holders.

    Mandatory Aadhaar-property linking can become a reality only after necessary changes are

    introduced in the Aadhaar Act without conflicting the Supreme Court ruling on the subject,

    experts stressed.

    There have been reports that the Centre is in final stages of bringing in a law to make Aadhaar-

    property linking mandatory to weed out ‗benami‘ (proxy) transactions and increase

    transparency, among others. ―For this to happen, Aadhaar Act needs to be revisited and the

    SC‘s consent will also be required,‖ an expert said.

    The Supreme Court in September last year had upheld the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar,

    making it a legal proof of identity and address for over 1.2 billion holders. However, the apex

    court had scrapped certain key provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and

    Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, to protect privacy and data breach.

    As per the SC ruling, private entities, such as telecom operators, banks, educational institutes

    and other players, were barred from seeking mandatory Aadhaar details of individuals for

    providing various services. ―While Aadhaar would remain crucial for carrying out property

    transactions, one has to wait and watch as to how it can be possible to make it mandatory,‘‗ a

    property developer said.

    Many states have already introduced Aadhaar-verified property registration after making due

    changes in the Registration Act rules. In case of Maharashtra, Aadhaar-linked registration was

    brought in to avoid the need of witnesses at the time of registration.

    ―Homebuyers can use their Aadhaar card for property registration without producing two

    witnesses to carry out the transaction. Those who appear at the sub-registrar‘s office without the

    Aadhaar card would, however, have to come with the two witnesses,‖ a revenue department

    official said while citing the amended rules of the Registration Act.

    The official, however, reiterated that Aadhaar was not mandatory for property registration yet in

    the state. ―Land is a state subject and a central law or a high court judgment cannot be binding

    on other states. For a change like this, the Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar would have to

    be revisited,‖ another revenue department official said.

    Credai vice-president Shantilal Kataria said if Aadhaar-property linking was made mandatory, it

    would usher in transparency and ease of doing business, among others. ―It will also help in

    Newspaper/Online ET Realty (online)

    Date November 20, 2019

    Link https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/aadhaar-property- linking-not-an-easy-road-experts/72135032

  • detecting immovable properties of individuals, if this change is brought