Mumbai In a bid to cut down on red tape and in keeping with long standing demand of developers, environmental and forest clearances will now cease to take months to be issued.

The Prime Minister

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

It has started creating interest among stakeholders of housing sector

The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) has disbursed an amount of Rs54.59 billion for the construction of houses in the rural areas of earthquake devastated NWFP and AJK.

The amount has been paid in instalments to the affected people through bank accounts, ensuring transparency in disbursement and avoiding duplication, Erra sources told this news agency.

CHANDIGARH: The BJP candidate for the lone Lok Sabha seat from Chandigarh, Satya Pal Jain, on Thursday promised that on coming to power at the Centre his party would allow construction of one additional floor in all residential and commercial structures including bay-shops and booths.

A tribunal finds the rehabilitation of victims of the tsunami in most affected regions far from satisfactory.

Chandigarh: Ill-maintained parks and green belts as well as dumped construction waste are some of the problems that continue to harass residents in Sector 30. It is evident that the sector is in dire need of being spruced up.

Broken swings in the parks are proving to be a risk for children while plantation in the area too seems to be neglected.

The Chinese government estimates that it will cost $147 billion to rebuild from the massive earthquake that struck the central part of the country in May, state media have reported.

Land developers are filling low-lying lands around Dhaka city for the construction of buildings without applying earthquake resisting measures, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

The developers are also not following the National Building Code while filling the low-lying lands, they added.

"We need to update the National Building Code, which should feature the latest developments in earthquake-resistant design," Communication Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader said as the chief guest.


A controversy is likely to break out in Jahangirpuri area of the city after Delhi government gave its nod to convert one of the largest water bodies in the city for building residential colonies. The government has identified the land as "not fit to be restored for water purpose', a move that doesn't gel with the "Green Delhi' plans of Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government.

Betalbatim locals too join in fight against mega projects

Call for legislation restricting FAR