Category Archives: Bangalore

Mysore – Bangalore – Chennai Bullet Train

Quick Facts –

  • Distance : 435 KM High Speed Rail Corridor
  • Route : Mysore – Bangalore – Chennai
  • Land Acquisition : National Highway Authority Of India (NHAI) will initiate land acquisition in consultation with Indian Railways
  • Travel time : Mysore to Chennai in 2 Hours 25 minutes as against the 7 – 10 Hours currently. Bangalore – Mysore in 45 Minutes
  • Maximum Speed – 300 to 320 KMPH
  • Sanction / Decision taken by : Group of Infrastructure Ministers led by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Sri. Nitin Gadkari.
  • The project is one among the 7 new high speed bullet train routes finalised
  • The seven high-speed rail corridors are :
  1. Delhi to Varanasi via Noida, Agra and Lucknow
  2. Varanasi to Howrah via Patna
  3. Delhi to Ahmedabad via Jaipur and Udaipur
  4. Delhi to Amritsar via Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar
  5. Mumbai to Nagpur via Nasik
  6. Mumbai to Hyderabad via Pune
  7. Chennai to Mysore via Bengaluru.
  • The rail corridor will align with Green Field Expressway (Road) projects to integrate the Rail network in the country

It is pertinent to note that The National High Speed Rail Corporation of India (NHSRCL) had called bids for executing stage-1 preliminary route development (alignment and aerial design) for The Mysore-Chennai High-Speed Rail corridor in February 2020

The project, once implemented, along with a fully functional Airport, will make Mysore easily accessible from different parts of India & will fillip the overall growth of Mysore City into an Industrial, Economic & Tourist Hub.

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Landmark Change to The Karnataka Land Reforms Act

In a significant change to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on 13/07/2020 signed the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 2020, a month after the Karnataka Cabinet passed an ordinance making amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961. Following the Governor’s consent, the State Government has notified the Amended Act in the Gazette notification.

Accordingly, the amendments –

  • Allow Non-agriculturist to purchase agricultural Land (Farm land) in Karnataka. However, restrictions on purchase of irrigated land by non-agriculturist remain
  • Removed the ceiling on income from non agricultural sources to buy agricultural land
  • Also increased the ceiling on number of units of land a person/family can hold

Accordingly, Sections 63(A), 79(A), 79(B), 79(C) in the existing Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, were repealed to enable these changes.

With these changes –

  • Farmers are expected to get better prices for their land
  • Organised farming will get a fillip
  • Technology adoption & modernisation of agricultural practises is expected to increase

Reduce corruption & promote industries alike

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Mysore Madikeri Economic Corridor Expressway Project

Quick Facts

  • Length of the Expressway – 115 Km – 4 lane, 150 ft road with median
  • Estimated Cost of the Project – Rs. 6000 Crore
  • Project implemented by – National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)
  • Expressway will connect – The cultural capital of Karnataka (Mysuru) & Capital of Kodagu (Madikeri)
  • Road Alignment – Paschimavahini in Srirangapatna to Kushalnagar with bypassing Mysuru, Bilikere & Hunsur
  • Project status – Land required for the expressway has been notified and land acquisition is ongoing (as of February 2020)
  • Project timeline – The project is expected to the complete by 2024
  • Will the existing NH 275 (Mysore – Yelwala – Bilikere – Hunsur – Madikeri) also remain in use – Yes. The new expressway will run parallel to the existing NH 275
  • The project is expected to reduce the travel time between Bangalore to Madikeri to 3 Hours

For updates on this project visit – https://bit.ly/3i2MY1Z

Mysore Madikeri Economic Corridor Expressway Alignment

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What is REAL ESTATE?

Real estate is –

  • Is India’s 5000 year old first choice of  investment
  • Parents & Forefathers blessings
  • It is Senior citizen’s only source of income & wealth 
  • A Widows support
  • A Father’s pride
  • A Husband’s promise to his wife for life long shelter & happiness
  • A Brothers protection to his Sister
  • It’s a Child’s nest & dream
  • A Soldiers support system back home
  • its a roof for covid patients
  • its education
  • It’s the only ASSET from which banks can recover money from bankrupt companies
  • it’s prestige upon which a father gives his daughter’s hand to a stranger

 

Real Estate is REAL ASSET, and invested wisely, yields highest ROI compared to any other asset class.

Cheers!

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Industry can now buy land directly from farmers in Karnataka

Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1961 Amended: Industry can now buy land directly from Karnataka farmers

  • Karnataka Implements changes to Section 109 of land Reforms Act 1961, to allow industries to buy land directly from Farmers
  • The amendments come into force from 20.11.2019
  • Units will still need nod from States Revenue department
  • Applications to be cleared within 30 days by the concerned Deputy Commissioner, failing which it will be deemed approval

This was been one of our long standing demands. Read here

A major reform to increase competitiveness and to boost industrial development in the state of Karnataka has been enacted paving the way for easy access of land to Industries. Neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh have been allowing this for a while. A 3 year process earlier, would now take only about 30 days – there by removing many impediments and position Karnataka as an alternative sourcing hub to companies who are looking to move out of China post COVID 19

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Initiatives to be taken by Karnataka State Government to revive Real Estate Industry

7th May 2020, Bangalore

As we move from Lockdown 2.0 to INDIA 2.0, we all look forward to the State government to dole out incentives & freebies to kick-start the Economy. But post COVID-19 we all know that the government’s coffers are all empty and any recommendation that will help increase the revenue of the government and at the same time, revive the industry will be more than welcome!

Real estate is driven by sentiment and there is much that needs to be done to push the demand side of it. We have been hearing news about countries like Japan, USA & South Korea wanting to move their manufacturing units from China to countries like India, Philippinnes etc. Land twice as much as Luxembourg is made available by some of the Indian states but Karnataka does not figure much in this list. In contrast neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Tamil Nadu have constituted expert committees with representatives from Korea & Japan to attract these industries

For any industry, the primary requirement is LAND.

A case in point is that of POSCO. POSCO, a South Korean conglomerate, after signing an MOU with the state government, was to set up an integrated steel plant in North Karnataka and scouted for land in Tier 2 cities of Bellary, koppal & Bijapur. For over many years the required land could not be acquired and eventually the project was stalled. Similar was the fate of AccelorMittal who were looking for land in Bellary for setting up a steel plant. Its been over 10 years & even today the projects have not taken off as the land was not made available by the state government.

If Land can be allotted by the state government, say in 30 days or 60 days and a single window clearance mechanism is established, including environmental clearances, a lot of industries will come to Karnataka. Karnataka has the required manpower, skilled labour, raw materials etc. Once these industries are setup, it will help develop the Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities & inturn increase employment, incomes & the entire vicinity of these factories will improve.

This is a major opportunity that the state of Karnataka should capitalise on.

We get a sense that our government is listening –

  • On returning from World Economic Forums our CM has proposed changes to the age old Karnataka Land reforms Act in sections 79A, 79B, 80 & 109 thereby making land easily accessible for industries.
  • Land conversions & Building plan approvals have gone online
  • Online registrations is also in the making for the first time in Karnataka

Some of the other changes that we recommend which will increase revenues for the government & also kick-start the Real Estate Industry are –

  • Not just tweaking it, but abolition of Section 79A & 79B and amending Section 80 & Section 109 of Karnataka Land reforms Act, thereby paving the way for investments in agricultural lands by individual & industries alike.
  • Extension of validity of all approvals already obtained by a period of 9 – 12 months to accommodate the delay caused by CORONA
  • Reduce stamp duty to 3% for a limited period of 6 months to induce the fence sitters to invest in Real Estate. A case in point if the state of Maharashtra which has already announced reduction in stamp duty by 1%
  • Revise guidance value of properties as they are at present exorbitant
  • Definition of affordable housing to be raised from 20 Lakhs to 45 Lakhs for reduced Stamp duty benefits as announced in the state budget
  • Property tax waiver for 1 year
  • On the approval side –
    • Issue of Commencement Certificate (CC) & Completion Report (CR) to be made online
    • Ease of doing business initiatives
    • Single window approval system without much of manual interface
    • Payment of statutory fee / Dues / license fee to be linked to stage of construction of Real estate project
    • Release orders – while the intent of the provision is well received, it puts enormous pressure on the developer to complete all civil works and obtain all NOC’s from a plethora of departments & only then be able to register plots. This eventually increases the selling price of the end product. Instead, relaxation from 100% release on complete development to the hitherto system of 40:30:30 rule or equivalent is recommended.

These measures, along with the steps taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to put of money in the hands of the consumers & also paving the way for reduction in interest rates on housing loans will have a multiplier effect, boost demand and revive the Real Estate industry.

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How will home buyers benefit from RERA?

  • Home buyers who use the services of realty agents and agencies will now be protected as the Act renders brokers and agents punishable if they do not abide with the regulator’s strictures ruling.
  • It will bring transparency, better governance and accountability to the real estate transactions and processes.
  • False promises and wrong delivery of real estate property will end.
  • Home buyers can approach the authority to settle disputes with errant builders.
  • Developers will have to sell flats based on carpet area and not super built-up area.
  • 70% of the money received from buyers be deposited in an escrow account and used only for the purpose of the development of a project.
  • The unfairly falsely allotted property buyers is entitled to receive compensation under RERA.
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Will RERA change the way real estate functions?

Definitely. With a promise of protecting the right of consumers and ushering the transparency The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, provides a legislation to protect home buyers and encourage genuine private players. Passed in March last year the long awaited RERA Act has finally coming into effect from May 1 where consumer is the king.

It will change one’s home-buying experience as the primary aim of the Act is to bring transparency and accountability from all stakeholders. Violation of orders of regulatory authorities may cause imprisonment of up to three years for developers and up to one year in case of agents and buyers . it will make mandatory for the builder to disclose details like approvals received, layout plans, court cases against them,registration etc.

Demand will improve as buyers will have increased confidence about investing in the property market. The real estate prices will remain stable now but rates could rise in the next six months. RERA will boost the confidence of investors. It will protect buyers who have purchased flats in the past. the RERA will provide relief to home buyers. It will help buyers get well-defined product typology and interior specifications. Therefore, Buyers will be able to make informed decision on a well laid-down information.

 

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