Narendra Modi inaugurates two expressways, says infra key priority

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Delhi-Meerut Expressway and Eastern Peripheral Expressway, says highway construction has reached 27km/day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that infrastructure was a key priority sector and his government spent over Rs3 trillion on national highways alone, besides allocating Rs5 trillion for the Bharatmala project, aimed at improving road connectivity across the country.

Modi was addressing a rally at Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat after inaugurating two important highways—the first phase of the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway.

The PM said that infrastructure was a priority because it did not discriminate against people on the basis of class, caste or gender, and strengthens his commitment to Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas.

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He said all the four modes of transport – highways, railways, airways and inland waterways – are making rapid progress. “Highway construction has reached 27 km per day as against the 12 km per day recorded during the Congress regime.” Modi added a day will come when products manufactured in Uttar Pradesh will be directly transported to sea ports through inland waterways.

Regarding sugarcane dues in Uttar Pradesh which has become a political issue in the upcoming Kairana bypoll, the PM said his government is sensitive to the famers’ plight and has taken adequate steps to provide proper prices for their crop. He also lauded the efforts of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, stating that criminals in the state are now surrendering and pledging not to indulge in illegal activities.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway was built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore to decongest Delhi’s traffic, while the Delhi-Meerut Expressway will reduce the commuting between the two cities from four hours to 45 minutes, once completed.

The two projects aimed at reducing travel time and decongest Delhi have several new features, including solar power, auto-challans for over-speeding, tolling for distance travelled and weigh-in-motion equipment to stop entry of over-loaded vehicles, water harvesting and fountains.

Notably, on 10 May, the apex court had directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to open the EPE for the public by 31 May, even if it failed to get the project inaugurated by the Prime Minister. The Eastern and the Western Peripheral Expressways were planned in 2006 following a Supreme Court order to divert traffic bound for destinations other than the national capital.

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Speaking on the occasion, minister for transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said that the EPE will reduce pollution by 27% and traffic jams by 41% in Delhi. He lauded the work of the NHAI officials, stating the highway was built in a record 500 days.

On India’s first 14-lane highway, Gadkari said his ministry will try to complete the Delhi-Meerut expressway by March 2018. The two-project will be a relief for people across Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Gadkari also announced that the Delhi-Saharanpur Highway will be built on the EPE pattern and the foundation stone of the Rs7,000-crore Dwarka Expressway will soon be laid by the PM.

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Residential sales in top 8 cities grew 13% in 2017-18: Report

Affordable housing continued to be the mainstay of the demand as the contribution of this segment to the overall sales in tier I cities

Residential sales in top 8 cities grew 13% in 2017-18MUMBAI: Residential sales across top 8 tier I cities of India has grown 13% during the financial year 2017-18 (April-March) with Mumbai Metropolitan Region witnessing maximum growth of 25%, showed data from Liases Foras Ratings & Research.

Affordable housing continued to be the mainstay of the demand as the contribution of this segment to the overall sales in tier I cities including Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad stood at 18% during the fourth quarter.

The government has been pushing affordable housing through various schemes and incentives. Lower home loan interest rates and necessary impetus by the government to affordable housing has played a key role pushing sales in this segment.

The government has supported the housing sector through affordable housing fund, lower Goods & Services Tax (GST) rates, increased tenure of loans under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and extended income tax benefits to apartments of carpet area of 645 sq ft.

Mumbai was followed by Delhi-National Capital Region with 19% increase in sales for the year. In south zone, Chennai and Bangalore have shown a slow down with sales numbers showing a drop of 15% and 5%, respectively while Hyderabad witnessed a growth of 17%.

On year-on-year basis, new launches across these top 8 markets have declined in most cities except in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata where launches grew 42%, 53% and 29%, respectively.

With a growth in sales and drop in new launches the unsold inventory in the tier 1 cities have dropped by 3% from a year ago to 9.29 lakh units as on March end.

During the fourth quarter ended March, residential sales across these tier I cities increased by 14% with Hyderabad emerging as the leader with a 33% increase followed by Bangalore with 30% rise, MMR with 19% growth and 14% increase in Pune. Kolkata is the only city that witnessed a marginal decline of 1%.

During the fourth quarter, sales in affordable segment with price tag of less than Rs 25 lakh increased 24% from a year ago. Sales in the cost bracket of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 50 lakh increased by 4% on an annual basis. Sales in the cost bracket of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore increased by 17%, while sales in luxury segment with Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore rose 13%. Sales in ultra-luxury segment above Rs 2 crore rose 13%.

Weighted average price across tier I cities witnessed a muted increase of 1%. Marginal decline of 1% was observed in Pune and NCR while prices dropped by 4% in Chennai. Prices in Ahmedabad witnessed no change while a slight increase of 1% was observed in Hyderabad , Kolkata , MMR and Pune each, the data showed.

NCR led with the highest contribution to sales in the affordable segment with 26% followed by MMR with 23%, Ahmedabad with 20% and Pune with 15% of total sales in this segment. All 8 cities cumulatively sold highest in cost range of Rs 25 lakh – Rs 50 lakh, with sales of 35% of total sales, followed by cost range of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore at 30% of total sales.

Among regions, MMR contributed the highest to overall sales at 17,143 units or 25% of total sales followed by NCR at 15,326 units or 22% of total sales, the data showed.

During the quarter, MMR added the highest new launches, with a contribution of 25% followed by Bangalore 17% and NCR 11%. Among various cost segments, the cost bracket of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore witnessed maximum new launches amounting to 39% of total new supply followed by the cost brackets of Rs 25 lakhs to Rs 50 lakhs with 36% contribution.

The Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore segment of MMR witnessed maximum launches of 5,545 units contributing 11% of the total new launches across eight tier 1 cities. Kolkata contributed 29% of the new launches in the affordable segment with less than Rs 25 lakh followed by MMR 25% and Pune 24%.

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Gurugram Expressway to connect Dwarka Expressway

Haryana’s Public Works, Forest and Civil Aviation Minister Rao Narbir Singh said on Sunday that the road from Hero Honda Chowk on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway to Dwarka Expressway will be six-lane.

Gurugram: Haryana’s Public Works, Forest and Civil Aviation Minister Rao Narbir Singh said on Sunday that the road from Hero Honda Chowk on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway to DwarkaExpressway will be six-lane.

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Tender for this will be floated by August and it will be constructed by the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).

He said the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was requested to make six-lane road from Hero Honda Chowk to Dwarka Expressway but refused to work on the proposal. After this the work was assigned to GMDA.

Rao Narbir Singh came here to start the carpeting work of the road in Gurugram Sector 10.

About Rs 80 lakh will be spent on carpeting this road connecting Farrukhnagar Road from Pataudi Road to Sector 10.

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Link road expansion to cut travel time from Dwarka expressway to Hero Honda Chowk

GURUGRAM: The tender for the six-lane road connecting DwarkaExpressway with Delhi-Jaipur Expressway, also known as NH-8, is likely to be floated in August this year, said Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh in Gurugram on Sunday.

Talking about the projeLink road expansion to cut travel time from Dwarka expressway to Hero HondaChowkct, the minister said, “The tender for the six-lane project, including a flyover at Umang Bhardwaj Chowk, will be issued in August,” said Narbir.

TOI had earlier reported that GMDA will develop a six-lane connector from Dwarka Expressway that will meet NH-8 at Hero Honda Chowk. It will be an expansion of the existing 5.8km-long two-lane road between Hero Honda Chowk and Dwarka Expressway.

The road, which is mainly used by Old Gurugram residents as an alternative route to reach NH-8, witnesses massive snarls due to huge volume of private and commercial vehicles. The road was earlier supposed to go up to Umang Bhardwaj Chowk, but was later extended to Dwarka Expressway. Along with a flyover at Umang Bhardwaj Chowk, the same project will now include another flyover at Basai Chowk.

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The total cost of the project was earlier projected at around Rs 147 crore, but the minister didn’t give out any information on the cost escalation on Sunday.

The six-lane project was first proposed during chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s visit to Gurugram in April last year, when he had inspected various ongoing projects in the city. Khattar later announced a revamp and widening of the road in August, after it was approved by GMDA in its first meeting.

Following Khattar’s announcement, the state government sought funds from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), though the latter eventually did not sanction the funds, said Narbir. “Since NHAI declined to take up the project, the state government decided to develop the six-lane road on its own, through GMDA,” said Narbir on Sunday.

Narbir was speaking at the inauguration of road carpeting work of the road connecting Sector 10 to Pataudi, which was carried out at a cost of Rs 80 lakh. Narbir also spoke of the upcoming bus stand and railway stations, both of which are being developed to meet “international standards”.

“Development works worth Rs 10 crore will be carried out in the city in 2018-2019,” said Narbir.

Making a pitch for the upcoming state elections, he said development at this scale is only possible because the chief minister has got his priorities right and has Gurugram’s best interests in mind. “One could be of any political lineage, but everyone will agree Gurugram has seen a lot of development over the last four years,” said Narbir.

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CHANDIGARH: In a bid to settle all oustee claims, the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) will be inviting applications from oustees for allotment of plots by the month-end. The applications will be invited through advertisements.

J Ganesan, chief administrator, Huda, said, “We are in the process of collecting all the details regarding the plots available, and the oustee numbers in each of our estate offices. As soon as this information is ready we will issue advertisements inviting application from the oustees for allotment of plots. We expect the entire process to be completed in a month.”

Oustees are people whose lands have been acquired in lieu of allotment of plots, in addition to the compensation received under the Land Acquisition Act.

The scheme will be exclusively for the oustees.

Following the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, Huda will allot plots in a sector to the oustees before the general applicants.

Settling several contentious issues regarding the oustees’ plot allotments, the HC had earlier directed that if there are any unallotted plots in a sector in the state, they would henceforth be first allotted to the oustees to the extent of reservation in their favour and only thereafter be allotted to the general applicants.

The HC had also stated that to get a plot under the oustees’ quota, such a person has to apply for the plot and he would not be automatically entitled for allotment of plot without any application.

In line with the HC order, Huda estate offices will invite application from the oustees. A screening committee headed by administrator, for each estate office, will examine the applications submitted.

Allotment of plots will be made as per the current price. The price will be calculated as per the Huda formula.

Allotment of plots to oustees has long been a contentious issue with many approaching courts against policies in place.

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