May 2016
Dear Sir/Madam,

The Rajasthan State Assembly approved the passage of the Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Bill, thus becoming the first state in India to enact a law on property titles. This is expected to create an efficient and transparent modern land market, provide certainty of tenure and end litigation that often mires development projects. Other states are expected to follow Rajasthan’s lead and pass similar land-titling laws.

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Rajasthan passes bill on Land Titling
The Rajasthan assembly approved the passage of the Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) bill (ULCT). In doing so, Rajasthan became the first state in the country to enact a law on property titles. The system of title certification is expected to guarantee the security of land and property title. Read more here. To view the bill click here


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Next set of Smart City Proposals submitted
The 23 cities that were given an opportunity to participate in the ‘Fast Track Competition’ under Smart City Mission submitted revised Smart City Plans to the Ministry of Urban Development. The list included the highest ranked city in the first round of competition in each of the unrepresented 23 States and Union Territories (UTs). Only 12 States and UTs were represented in the first list of 20 mission cities announced earlier. Read more here


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Kerala Town and Country Planning Act 2016 notified
The Act focuses on scientific spatial planning and seeks to promote decentralised planning and development of urban and rural areas in the State. The legislation was necessitated by a High Court verdict declaring the old town planning acts invalid in the light of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments.View the act here



Dr Tharoor on empowerment of local bodies
At our Annual Conclave on “Shaping India’s Urban Agenda, held on March 16 at Delhi, Member of Parliament, Dr Shashi Tharoor shared his thoughts on the role of elected representatives in city governance. He emphasised on the need for participatory governance and for Indian cities to be led by directly elected Mayors with fixed tenure and executive power. View the Video



Janaagraha invited to share ASICS survey findings with Pune Municipal Council
Mr Kunal Kumar, Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (MC) invited Janaagraha to present a reform roadmap for Pune on the basis of the Annual Survey of City-Systems (ASICS ) 2015. The session was convened in the Council Hall of the Pune Municipal Corporation. It was attended by the Worshipful Mayor, Councillors, Municipal Commissioner and senior officials of the corporation. View ASICS Report here


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