Friday, 21 January, 2022
TopicHousing and Urban Affairs Ministry

Topic: Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry

Who plans Indian cities? Development Authorities who still follow colonial masterplans

Instead of municipal govt, state-controlled Development Authorities do urban planning in India—who lack accountability.

Rent, security, maintenance — what could change for tenant & landlord under Model Tenancy Act

With a total of 47 sections and two schedules, the Model Tenancy Act proposes completely overhauling the legal framework of rental housing across the country. 

Many cities now want low-cost Metro Lite, Metro Neo modes of transport, in talks with govt

Union housing ministry is studying proposals for Metro Lite & Metro Neo projects from Nashik, Gorakhpur and Delhi before taking it to the cabinet for final approval.

India could get 8 new cities after Finance Commission provides Rs 8,000 crore grant

Housing Secretary D.S. Mishra says it’s too early to give details like where the cities will come up, or if they will be new or carved out of existing cities.

TMC wants Delhi land cleared of ‘illegal’ temples to build office, govt says it’s party’s job

In 2013, land was allotted to Trinamool Congress in Delhi for its office. In the seven years since, the party has been tussling with central govt to get encroachments cleared.

After rural homes, govt now plans mega scheme to extend tap water facility to urban homes

Centre is likely to allocate Rs 2.64 lakh crore in the next budget for the scheme, which will be a joint venture between the central and state governments.

Modi govt stares at ‘shortage of funds’ for MGNREGS urban variant, drops idea for now

Housing and urban affairs ministry had held meetings with states during lockdown to discuss the plan, but has decided to drop it for now.

Cost of proposed new Parliament building sees 18% rise — to Rs 922 cr from Rs 776 cr

The cost has gone up because of additional requirement of infrastructure and an increase in size of various facilities that are part of the Central Vista project.

Metro projects get 25% more in this year’s Housing and Urban Affairs budget

The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has been allocated Rs 48,000 crore, 17 per cent more than last year's provision.

Modi govt planning to build centralised zones in state capitals to set up its offices

The Central Public Works Department has sought details from its zonal officers about the availability of land for office space & central government departments in state capitals.

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Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.