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Relief under GST will be for future residential projects- Impact muted for on-going or nearly completed properties

Developers in the process of evaluating the per unit benefit arising on account of GST implementation. Most of the say there was a minor reduction in prices on offer passing on the cost savings.

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“3R Mantra- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle crucial to sustainable development”- PM Modi

The Mantra of 3R- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle- is at the heart of any vision towards the sustainable development of mankind- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to the Eighth Regional 3R Forum.

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"Gujarat has 6 smart cities and our focus is on making them compete with the best in the world.”

With a firm focus on making Gujarat a world class state, Gujarat Government is pushing ahead with its agenda of making the state a land of opportunities and an inclusive development taking everyone along in its quest to make Gujarat a model Smart State. In an exclusive interview with Annurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and Manish Arora, Associate Editor, BW Smart Cities, Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat, talks about his Government’s initiatives taken so far and his planned vision on making Gujarat compete with the best cities in the world.

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Puri announces annual assessment of Livability Index for 116 Indian cities

Puri had last month announced the commencement of the country’s first-ever ‘Liability Index’ to rank 116 cities which include the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million.

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Government approves construction of 1,86,777 affordable houses for Urban Poor

RS.11,169 crore investment approved with central assistance of Rs.2,797 Crore. Haryana Gets 53,290 houses, Tamil Nadu-40,623, Karnataka-32,656, Gujarat-15,584, Maharashtra-12,123, Bihar-11,411, Kerala-9,461, Uttarakhand-6,226, Odisha-5,133

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Govt grants Infra status to affordable housing to ensure lower borrowing rates.

The move has been taken to ensure lower borrowing rates, tax concessions & increased flow of foreign & private capital, said Minister of State of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday..

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“Housing for All by 2022” gets a boost with dedicated affordable housing fund

Going forward we would like the Government to look into pressing issues that have been highlighted by industry bodies at regular intervals. GST and stamp duty issues must be addressed at the earliest.

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Ahead of the election year, a pro-people budget with development agenda

Whether there will be on-ground action in renewal and development of cities, uptake of infrastructure funds, implementation of railway safety initiatives, or development of industrial corridors, in absence of a follow on mechanism, is yet to be seen.

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Puri announces 9 new cities under Smart Cities Mission, Silvassa tops the list

9 smart cities to have approximately 409 projects with an investment of Rs. 12824 crores. Silvassa emerges as winner taking the total number of cities to 99 so far with total proposed investment of Rs. 2, 03979.

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‘URBAN RENEWAL SCHEMES KEY TO INDIA’S TRANSFORMATION’

Hardeep Singh Puri is a distinguished former diplomat. Many people were surprised when he was chosen to head the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. But, Puri has a number of plans, and he is proceeding at a breakneck speed to implement PM Narendra Modi’s flagship programmes. Excerpts from a conversation with BW Smart Cities’ Suman K Jha.

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