Friday, June 19, 2009

Punjab Govt announces slew of incentives for Real Estate sector

CHANDIGARH: Keeping in view the slowdown and recession in economy, the Punjab government has come out with an economic stimulus package to give boost to affordable housing and real estate sector.
Disclosing this here Thursday a spokesman of the Punjab government said that the Confederations of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and National Real Estate Development Council (NARDECO) had recently submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal separately urging them to immediately announce some incentives/concessions to real estate developers in order to put the real sectoral growth back on the track on one hand and to encourage group housing for weaker sections on the other.
The spokesman further said that the stimulus package included waiver of Change in Land Use (CLU) charges for industrial land use in entire Punjab, moratorium on payment of External Development Charges till December 31, 2009 and promoters who make prepayment of EDC installments would be entitled for discount of 5%. Reduction in penal interest on over due charges from 18% per annum to 3% per annum over and above the normal interest @10% compound per annum w.e.f. September 19, 2007. Wherever Zonal/Sector Plan have been notified, the minimum area for developing a colony would be 25 acres. In low potential zone, the minimum area for residential colony would be reduced from 25 acres to 10 acres. However, no minimum area norm would apply in case of the left over pocket, i.e. where on all the sides construction had already been taken place.
The spokesman further mentioned that to promote affordable housing, it was also decided that in the earmarked industrial land use zones in the master plans across Punjab, the affordable housing as envisaged under JNNURM mission of Government of India shall be permissible and it was decided to waive CLU charges, External Development Charges and license fee/permission fee for financially weaker section houses. Stamp duty / Registration fee / Social Security cess on purchase of land for such houses would also be exempted.
The stimulus package further stipulated if any promoter creates any infrastructure with prior permission of concerned Urban Development Authority outside his project that falls within the definition of external development and then he would be given credit at PWD rates. Phasing in the super mega projects has also been allowed as already permitted in other projects.
In case of Group Housing Projects outside GMADA (Greater Mohali Area Development Authority) area, the minimum area for projects would now have been reduced from 10 acres to 5 acres. In case of housing for financial weaker sections, as notified in the policy of Local Government in November, 2008, this minimum area would be 2.5 acres.
It was also decided that in case of commercial pockets within municipal committee/ Corporation limits (excluding GMADA), the norms for minimum area would be the same as notified by the Department of Local Government. However outside municipal committee/ Corporation limit (excluding GMADA region), the minimum area norms would be reduced from 2 acres to 1000 sq. meters. Such plots must have a front of at least 20 meters.
The state government also decided that in case of parking for commercial projects, having no multiplexes, the minimum parking norms would be 2 ECS/100 sq. meters area. In case of commercial projects having multiplexes/ cinemas/ theatres, the minimum parking required would be 3 ECS/100 sq meters of covered area in respect of multiplexes/ cinemas/theatres component + 30% of total covered area of that component and 2 ECS/100 sq meters of covered area in respect of the balance commercial component + circulation area. Parking norms within Municipal Committee limits shall be the same as notified by the Department of Local Government. Similarly parking norms in case of group housing shall be reduced to 1.5 ECS/ 100 Sq meters from existing 2.0 ECS / 100 Sq meters.
In case of any excess payment paid by any promoter to any Urban Development Authority, the authority would pay interest to the developer at the rate fixed by State Bank of India for Fixed Deposit of 180 days, as on 1st April of that financial year, the spokesman added.

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