Why stamp duty rates are important for income tax purposes…


Any Difference Between The Agreement Value And The Ready Reckoner Value Of A Property, Has Implications, Not Only On The Stamp Duty Payable But Also On The Income Tax Of The Buyer And Seller

When You Enter Into An Agreement To Buy A Property, You Have To Pay Stamp Duty To The Government. The Amount Of Stamp Duty Is Generally Based On The Value Of The Property Mentioned In The Agreement.

To Avoid Evasion Of Stamp Duty Through Undervaluation Of Agreements And To Minimise The Disputes On Quantum Of Stamp Duty, All State Governments Publish An Area-Wise, Stamp Duty Ready Reckoner On A Yearly Basis. If The Value Of The Property Based On The Ready Reckoner Is Higher, Than The Value Of The Property Stated In The Agreement, Then, You Will Have To Pay The Stamp Duty On The Basis Of The Value Computed From The Rates In The Ready Reckoner. However, If The Agreement Value Is Higher Than The Ready Reckoner Valuation, The Stamp Duty Payable Will Be Calculated With Reference To The Agreement Value. The Stamp Duty Valuation Also Has Implications On The Income Tax Of Buyers And Sellers.

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Importance For The Seller Under Income Tax Laws

As Per Section 50C Of The Income Tax Act, In Case The Agreement Value Is Lower Than The Stamp Duty Valuation, The Law Presumes That The Seller Has Received An Amount Equal To The Stamp Duty Valuation And The Capital Gains Is Computed Accordingly. However If The Differene Between The Agreement Value And Stamp Duty Valuation Does Not Exceed Five Per Cent Of The Agreement Value, This Provision Will Not Apply.

However, If The Seller Claims That The Stamp Duty Valuation Is Higher Than The Fair Market Value Of The Property, The Income Tax Officer Can Ask Its Valuation Officer To Assess The Value The Property For Capital Gains Purpose. The Value Determined By This Officer, Shall Be Treated As The Sale Consideration Of The Property For Income Tax Purpose. However, If The Valuation Given By The Income Tax Officer Is Higher Than The Stamp Duty Valuation, Such Excess Valuation Shall Be Ignored And Only The Stamp Duty Valuation Shall Be Treated As The Sale Consideration. This Provision Is Applicable To All The Tax Payers, Including Limited Companies.

In Cases, Where The Stamp Duty Valuation Is Higher Than The Agreement Value, And The Tax Payer Invests The Net Sale Consideration Under Section 54F To Claim Exemption From Long-Term Capital Gains, S/He May Have To Borrow Money As The Money Received May Be Lower Than The Amount Required To Be Invested.

Importance For The Buyer Under Income Tax Laws

As Per Section 56(2) (X)(B) Of The Income Tax Act, If The Difference Is Higher Than Rs 50,000 Or Five Per Cent Of The Agreement Value, Such Difference Between The Stamp Duty Valuation And The Agreement Value Shall Be Treated As Income Of The Buyer. This Provision Apples To Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) And Individuals Only.

However, If The Agreement Date And The Date Of Registration Are Different And Thus, The Values On These Dates Are Also Different, The, The Valuation As On The Date Of Agreement Can Be Considered For This Purpose, Only If Full Or Part Consideration Was Paid By Means Other Than Cash, Either On Or Before The Date Of The Agreement.

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Aromatherapy tips for a home that smells good


Home Owners Can Use Essential Oils, Not Only To Add A Fresh Fragrance To Their Homes But Also To Enhance Health And Well-Being, Through Aromatherapy

Pleasant Fragrances Not Only Help To Create A Positive Ambience, But Can Also Be Therapeutic And Help The Brain To Relax. Aromatherapy Is The Practice Of Using Fragrant Oils Or Essence Of Plants, To Aid Good Health.

“A Home That Smells Fresh, Makes Its Occupants And Guests Feel Good. Smells Are Linked Directly With Emotions. A Pleasant Smell Can Enhance And Uplift One’s Mood, After A Hard Day At Work,” Points Out Manita Bajaj, Founder And CEO Of Sattva Life. There Are Many Ways To Make A Home Fragrant – With Reed Diffusers, Air Freshening Sprays, Candles And Potpourri.

“Although Air Sprays Can Be Used To Freshen Up Fabrics And The House, They Are Made Of Chemicals And May Not Be Good For The Health. Instead, One Can Light A Non-Scented Candle And Let It Burn For A Few Minutes, Until Some Molten Wax Forms. Then, Add A Few Drops Of Essential Oil Of Your Choice And The Aroma Will Spread Around The Room. This Is An Affordable And Healthier Way To Have Aroma At Home,” Suggests Bajaj.

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Aromatherapy Tips

Aromas For Various Purposes

NDiffusers, Which Heat Essential Oils And Allow Their Molecules To Be Released Into The Air, Can Also Be Used. Essential Oils Can Freshen Up And Cleanse One’s Home, Adds Aroma Therapist, Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson Of The Blossom Kochhar Group Of Companies. “Some Essential Oils Can Have A Relaxing Effect. Some Oils Can Be Uplifting And Stimulating, While Others Even Have Aphrodisiac Properties,” Explains Kochhar. Sandalwood Has A Pleasant, Woody Smell That Instils A Sense Of Inner Peace And Helps Meditation. Jasmine Is A Subtle And Evocative Fragrance, Which Acts As A Stimulant, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Spasmodic And Antiseptic.

“Jasmine Generates A Good Feel, While Revitalising And Restoring One’s Energy. Lavender Has Calming Properties, Which Help The Body And Mind To Relax And Helps Fight Insomnia And Headaches. Ylang Ylang (Extracted From A Star-Shaped Yellow Flower) Oil Is Ideal For The Bedroom. Its Aroma Peps You Up, Acts As An Aphrodisiac And Also Helps Reduce Fatigue And Stress. When The Flu Is In Air, Add A Few Drops Of Eucalyptus Essential Oil To A Diffuser, To Prevent Coughs And Respiratory Problems,”

Medicinal Properties

“The Fragrance Of Essential Oils, Can Alter Your Mood, Help Concentration And Rid The Area Of Airborne Bacteria,” Adds Bajaj. The Aroma Of Lotus (Which Is Used In Religious Offerings), Has Medicinal Properties And Creates A Spiritual Ambience. The Fragrance Of The Sacred Plant Basil (Tulsi), Has Cleansing Properties And Strengthens The Immune System. Lemon Promotes Purification And Love, Refreshes The Mind And Soothes One’s Nerves, Bajaj Elaborates.

Meena Patil, A Home Maker From Pune, Who Is Fond Of Essential Oils, Shares “When My Kids Have Their Exams, I Use Aromatic Oils At Home. Rose Oil Eases Stress And Anxiety, While Rosemary Oil Increases Focus And Concentration. Neroli Oil (Made From The Flowers Of The Bitter Orange Tree) Is A Stress Buster And Relieves Mental Exhaustion.”

Tips To Use Essential Oils At Home

– For Your Drawers And Closets, Place Cotton Balls With A Few Drops Of Lavender Oil.

– You Can Buy Readymade Potpourri Or Make It At Home, By Using Dried Rose Petals And Orange Slices, Mint, Cinnamon And Clove. Place The Potpourri In Corridors Or On Side Tables.

– To Clean Kitchen Counters, Use Tea Tree And Lavender Essential Oils, As These Have Antibacterial Properties.

– For Wiping Floors, Add Few Drops Of Lemongrass Essential Oil To A Bucket Of Water. Lemongrass Oil Wards Off Insects. You Can Also Freshen The Bathroom, By Adding A Few Drops Of Lemongrass Oil Into The Toilet Bowl.

– To Rid Clothes Of A Musty Smell, Put A Few Drops Of Lavender Oil In A Small Spray Bottle And Spray It On The Clothes, Before Ironing It.

– Using Peppermint Essential Oil In A Diffuser, Helps To Ward Off Red Ants And Cockroaches.

Approximate Prices Of Products:

– Aroma Oils (10 Ml): Rs 250
– Herbal Incense Sticks (Pack Of 12): Rs 275
– Fresheners (350 Ml): Rs 525
– Reed Diffusers: Rs 700 – Rs 2,000
– Sandalwood Oil (20 Ml): Rs 600
– Lavender Oil (20 Ml): Rs 275
– Rose Oil (20 Ml): Rs 400

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Can a home be bought for end-use as well as investment purposes?


While Real Estate May Give Better ROI Than Any Other Investment Instrument, Can An End-User Afford To Think Like An Investor? We Get Some Answers

The Psychology Of Home Buyers And Their Expectations Vis-À-Vis Return On Investment (ROI), Have Traditionally Been Different For Investors And End-Users. However, This Difference May Be Gradually Disappearing, At Least In The Top Eight Cities.

Thinking In Terms Of Risk-Versus-Return Is Something That Is Predominantly Done By Investors. “Whether The Mindset Of An Average End-User Is Similar To That Of A Seasoned Investor Today, Is Very Much Debatable,” Said A Panelist At An Investment Seminar. Take The Case Of Ramakant Nigam, An Employee In The Power Sector Who Rented An Apartment In Atta Market, Close To The Central Business District Of Noida, At Rs 18,000 Per Month. With 12 Years To Go Before He Retires, Nigam Invested In A Property In Ghaziabad.

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Nigam Believes That He Made A Sound Investment Decision. “When I Can Buy The Same Kind Of Property At Rs 60 Lakh In Ghaziabad, Why Should I Invest Rs One Crore In Noida? It Does Not Make Sense To Pay Extra For A Property That Has Lesser Chances Of Appreciating, As Against An Upcoming Market. Moreover, It Gives Me The Flexibility Of Mobility, If I Get Transferred Tomorrow,” He Reasons.

This Raises A Fundamental Question, As To Whether Houses Have Become More Like Trading Commodities And The Emotional Quotient Associated With Its Purchase, Has Diminished In Leading Indian Cities. According To Sandeep Ahuja, CEO Of Richa Realtors, In Real Estate, Even If The Investor Does Not Have Very Sound Economic Wisdom, The Chances Are That He Will Not Lose His Money. Compared To Real Estate, Stocks Are Risky, As Most Of The Companies Are Not Blue Chips And Will Have Debt. So, Even If The Quantum Of Return Is Not That High In Real Estate, It Remains A Safe Investment Avenue, He Maintains.

Naushad Panjwani, Managing Partner, Mandarus Partners LLP, Points Out That One Also Has To Consider The Buying Pattern. Indians Generally Prefer To Buy Property In The Top Eight Cities Where They Work, Or In Their Home Towns Where They Intend To Retire, Even If They Live On Rent In The City Where They Work, He Elaborates. “So, If A Person Is Not An Investor And Even If I Show Him Research That Establishes That There Is Fantastic Return In A City Other Than His Place Of Work Or Home Town, He Will Not Invest There,” Says Panjwani.

Analysts Maintain That End-Users Should Not Buy Homes On The Basis Of Expected Price Appreciation. A House May Give Better ROI Than Any Other Investment Instrument But One Has To Look At A Long-Term Time Frame – Of Around Ten Years. In The Residential Segment, Even If You Pick The Right Project At The Right Price, It May Take Three To Five Years To Get ROI. Time Frame Is Important For Investors As Well, And The Product Will Vary Accordingly. E.G. In The Residential Segment, Speculators Can Opt For Pre-Launch Properties In North India And Make Money In One Or Two Years. For Mid To Long-Term Investors, The Commercial And Retail Segments May Be A Better Option.

However, If One Is Looking At A Fairly Long-Term Period, Then, Investing In Land Would Be Ideal, As The Returns Are Highest In This Category. There Are Instances Where People Have Made Returns Worth A Thousand Times Their Initial Investment, Over A Period Of 15-20 Years. Ultimately, Each Home Buyer Has To Take A Conscious Call, On Whether S/He Is An Investor Or An End-User.

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Bullet train work to start near Thane in January 2019


Around 26 Villages In Thane District Will Also Have To Be Displaced For The Project.

More Than A Year After Laying The Foundation Stone Of The Bullet Train Project, On-Ground Work Near Thane Is Expected To Begin In January 2019. The National High Speed Rail Corridor Limited (NHSRCL), The Executing Agency Of The 508-Km Bullet Train Corridor Project, Will Be Procuring Boring Machines For Construction Of The Underground Tunnel. The Boring Machines Will Be Placed For The Sea-Bed Work In Vikhroli, In Mumbai. Further, The Station Design Of Major Stations Has Been Prepared By The High Speed Corridor.

“The Undersea Tunnel Will Be Major And Critical Work, Which We Aim To Begin First. The Tenders Will Be Floated In November And Boring Work Will Begin By January 2019,” Said Dhananjay Kumar, Spokesperson Of NHSRCL.

Of The 508-Km Alignment Connecting Mumbai And Ahmedabad, 155.76-Km Will Be In Maharashtra, 348.04-Km In Gujarat And 4.3-Km In Dadra And Nagar Haveli.

Around 26 Villages In Thane District Will Also Have To Be Displaced For The Project.

The Joint Measurement Survey (JMS) Of The Land In Thane Has Been Completed And Process Of Land Acquisition Is Likely To Start Soon. However, The Implementing Agency Continues To Face Strong Opposition In Palghar Over Land Acquisition, As 109.06-Km Of The Corridor Will Pass Through The District.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi And Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Had Laid The Foundation Stone Of The PM’s Pet Project On September 14, 2017.

The Work On The Underground Sea Tunnel Is Critical And Had Already Begun In December 2017, Wherein A Team Of Engineers From NHSRCL, Rail India Technical And Economic Service (RTIES) Ltd, And Japan’s Kawasaki Geological Engineering Studied The Data On The Seabed, Based On Geo-Technical Surveys. The Survey Was Conducted To Understand The Structure And Depth Of The Seabed Of The Thane Creek In December 2017 And Based On The Report, The Alignment Of The Tunnel Was Fixed.

Further, The NHSRCL Is Also In Process Of Completion Of The Station Designs Of The 12 Stations Between BKC In Maharashtra And Sabarmati In Gujarat.

Station Designs For BKC, Sabarmati, Baroda, Surat, Vapi And Billimora Are Completed; Station Designs For Maharashtra Are Going On. According To The Proposed Exterior, Surat Railway Station Will Have A Diamond-Shaped Entrance, Whereas The Exterior Of The Sabarmati Station Will Be Based On The Dandi March.

The Bullet Train Stations Will Have Two Floors. The First Floor Will Have Concourse And The Second Floor Will Have Two Platforms. Meanwhile, BKC And Sabarmati Railway Stations Will Be Called As The Hub And Will Have Four Platforms Each.

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NRI investments in India: The essential checklist


While NRIs May Want To Invest In Indian Real Estate To Benefit From Correcting Prices And A Depreciating Rupee, There Is Much Research And Careful Planning Involved. Here’s What You Need To Keep Track Of

Presently, Indian Real Estate Is A Very Popular Investment Option For Most NRIs. However, Since They Live Abroad, It Becomes More Important For Them To Do Proper Due Diligence Before Risking Their Money.

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NRI Property Investment Checklist

Mandatory Checks

Nowadays, Many Indian Developers Conduct Roadshows Abroad. NRIs Should Not Be Entirely Convinced By Impressive Presentations And Glossy Brochures. They Should Have Someone Trusted Visit The Property’s Site And Check The Ground Realities. Like All Real Estate Investments, The Location Of The Project Should Be Attractive And Should Enjoy Good Connectivity.

Pricing Is Another Important Issue. “Often, The Prices Quoted By Builders To Buyers Abroad, Are Higher Than Those Quoted To Domestic Buyers. Also, Builders Don’t Offer Discounts When Selling Abroad,” Points Out Sanjay Sharma, Managing Director, Qubrex Realty, A Gurgaon-Based Real Estate Consultancy. In Such A Scenario, The International Buyer Must Learn The Rate At Which The Project Is Being Sold In India. Furthermore, They Should Avoid Paying A Large Part Of The Cost Upfront. In Fact, They Should Opt For Either A Construction-Linked Payment Plan Or The 80:20 Or 70:30 Scheme. In Such Schemes, A Small Portion Of The Cost Is Paid Upfront At The Time Of Booking, And The Balance Is Paid On Possession. Better Still, They Should Opt For Finished Apartments To Avoid The Risk Of Delay In Possession.

It May Also Be Wise For NRIs To Take A Small Bank Loan, Even If They Don’t Need The Money. “When An NRI Takes A Loan, The Bank Will Do The Due Diligence On Their Behalf,” Explains Sharma. “It Will Check Whether The Builder Owns The Land On Which He Is Developing The Project And Has Obtained The Requisite Licenses. This Will Avoid A Lot Of Trouble,” Points Out Sharma, Adding That He Has Witnessed Quite A Few Examples Of NRIs Investing In Small Builders’ Projects And Then Regretting Not Having Done Timely Research.

Understanding The Law

NRIs Investing In India Must Understand The Laws That Govern Real Estate Transactions. There Are, For Instance, Restrictions On How Quickly The Profit From A Real Estate Transaction Can Be Repatriated. NRIs Also Need To Learn Whether Their Gains Will Be Subject To Double Taxation.

Watch Out For

The Real Estate Sector In The Developed Markets Is Better Governed And More Evolved, Unlike India. Here, Buyers Are Often Subjected To A Lot Of Hassles. Unless An NRI Has A Trusted Person Running Errands In India, Buying Real Estate In India Could Be Challenging. Then There’s The Management Of The Property As There Are Not Many Companies In India Still That Offer Such Services. This Makes It All The More Essential That An NRI Has An Agent To Collect The Rent As Well As Look After Its Maintenance.

ROI Expectations

“The Theory Of Mean Reversion Suggests That Returns From Real Estate, Are Likely To Be Lower Than They Have Been In The Recent Past,” Explains Vishal Dhawan, Chief Financial Planner, Plan Ahead Wealth Advisors. “Therefore, NRIs Investing In Residential Real Estate At This Point Of Time, Should Have Reasonable Return Expectations Over A Long-Term Period,” He Says. Finally, NRIs Also Need To Be Aware That The Depreciation Of The Rupee Against Their Home Currency, Will Also Have A Bearing On Their Returns.

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Style-Friendly Ways To Improve Your Home’s Acoustics


We Look At Some Quick Ways, To Improve The Acoustic Quality Of Your Home, Without Compromising On Style Or Spending A Fortune

Studies Have Indicated That Noise Is One Of The Main Factors Of Disturbance, In Interior Spaces. While Office Interiors Are Continuously Evolving, To Incorporate Aspects Of Flexibility, Comfort And Aesthetics, In The Home Segment, Comfort And Design Are The Main Aspects Of Contemporary Urban Living. Homes Are No Longer Built In The Traditional Ways, With Greater Emphasis Now, On Aesthetics And Designs That Offer A Functional Purpose. The Rapid Expansion Of Cities And The Advent Of Smart Homes, Are Pushing More Urban Denizens Towards Consciously Planning Their Home Design And Interiors.

Acoustics Often Remains A Neglected Aspect Of Interior Design And Architecture. Although We May Not Think Of The Sound And Acoustics Of Our Home, It Remains An Integral Aspect Towards Greater Comfort And A Better Ambience. When It Comes To Acoustics, A Home Owner Can Look At A Host Of Factors, From The Walls To The Ceilings, To Upgrade One’s Home.

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Ways To Improve Your Home’s Acoustics

Drywalls For Sound Insulation

Gypsum-Based Drywalls Are A New Trend, Which Is Likely To Gain Prominence In Indian Homes. Unlike Traditional Masonry Construction, Where Acoustic Comfort Becomes Difficult To Achieve Without Increasing The Thickness Of The Walls, Gypsum-Based Drywall Partitions, Or Drywall Partitions, Are Lightweight And Offer A High Level Of Noise Insulation. Health Experts Categorise Any Sound Higher Than 85 Decibels (Which Is Often Encountered In High Traffic Or At Construction Sites), As An Uncomfortable Sound. As Drywall Partitions Are Capable Of Delivering Up To 70 Decibels Of Sound Insulation, They Are Excellent Solutions For Preventing Sound From Traveling From One Space To Another.

Drywalls Take Up To Two Weeks To Set Up. Drywalls Can Be Used To Create An Entire Gamut Of Multi-Functional Spaces – For Example, Creating A Partition In The Living Room Or Children’s Bedroom For A Play Area, Or Space For A Mini Workstation At Home Beside Your Bedroom. They Are Easy To Set Up And Detach (If Required), Providing A Hassle-Free Construction Process, With 95 Per Cent Less Use Of Water. Drywall Partitions Come In A Wide Range Of Performance Aspects, Covering Acoustics, Impact, Moisture And Loading Parameters.Th Floral Designs, Eye Catching Calligraphy, Etc.

Designer Ceilings

We Often Forget About Our Home’s Ceilings, As We Are Busy Repainting Our Walls And Setting Up Décor Around The Main Spaces Of Our Home. Easy To Construct, Gypsum-Based Designer Ceilings Come In A Variety Of Shapes, Designs And Colours And Offer A Smooth, Undulated Finish. Extensive And Innovative Range Of Designer Acoustic Ceilings Are Also Available, With Excellent Sound Absorption Qualities, Which Are Particularly Useful Both, In Terms Of Aesthetic Design And Reverberation Control. Especially Effective For Areas Where High Acoustic Comfort Is Of Utmost Priority, This Range Of Designer Ceilings Comes In Various Perforation Patterns, For Superior Aesthetics And Also Offers Fire And Moisture Resistance. Designer Ceilings Help Immensely, To Transform The Ambience Of Any Space And Remain A Practical Aspect Of Home Design.


Wallpaper Is Another Easy And Efficient Accessory, To Diffuse Sound And Almost Never Goes Out Of Style. Coupled With Gypsum-Based Drywalls, Wallpaper Is An Easy Way To Spruce-Up Your Home’s Interiors.

Dense Curtains And Upholstered Furniture

Instead Of Venetian Blinds, One Can Easily Opt For Curtains Of Dense Texture, To Keep Sound Out. This Tip Is Especially Useful For Saving Cost And Time, As There Are Various Options Available, Vis-À-Vis Patterns And Colours.

Placing Large Pieces Of Furniture, Such As Dressers In The Living Room, Bookshelves In The Bedroom Or Desks In The Study, Against Walls (Especially Thin Walls), Can Help Block Sound From Entering A Particular Space. Also, The Use Of Certain Fabrics Of Thicker Texture, To Upholster Walls And Furniture, Are Simple Yet Unique Ways To Increase Sound Absorption In Your Home. You Can Always Experiment With Various Designs, Textures And Patterns, To Suit Your Choice.

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Mumbai 1st among mega cities, does well on mixed land use, open spaces


  • MUMBAI: The National Ease Of Living Exercise By The Union Home And Urban Affairs Ministry Is Aimed At Helping Cities Assess Their Liveability Vis-À-Vis Global And National Benchmarks And Encourage Cities To Move Towards An Outcome-Based Approach To Urban Planning And Management.

    Mumbai Scored Well On Identity And Culture (Rank 2), Public Open Spaces And Mixed Land Use (1), Assured Water Supply (3) And Transportation And Mobility (8). Surprisingly, The Financial Capital Ranked 63 In Economy And Employment, 54 In Reduced Pollution, 23 In Governance And 36 In Education.

    The Rankings Are Based On The Overall Scores Each City Got On A 100-Point Scale Across 15 Categories And 78 Indicators (See Box). The Data Was Made Up Of What The Cities Furnished, A Third-Party Survey And Feedback From Around 60,000 Citizens “While We Are Glad Mumbai Has Ranked Third, We Will Look At Areas Where The City Requires Improvement As Well. Once We Have Evaluated It, We Will Start Filling In The Gaps To Improve Our Ranking The Next Time,” Said Additional Municipal Commissioner Vijay Singhal.

    A BMC Official Privy To The Whole Process Said They Collated The Data Sought By The State Government For The Report In April. “There Was A Live Questionnaire. While Around 80% Of The Information Sought On Open Spaces, Water Supply, Road Network, Transportation Facilities Like Bus Stations, Security Cameras Was Available With The BMC, For Additional Details We Had To Approach Authorities Like The MMRDA, Police Or Mhada,” He Said.

    In May, An Independent Team Arrived And Audited Facilities Across Random Locations. The BMC Also Had To Provide Water And Noise Samples From Random Locations.

    In Safety, Pune And Greater Mumbai Were Ranked At 25 And 35 Among All The Cities.

    What Worked In Favour Of Navi Mumbai Was Governance (Rank 1), Education (2), Health (3), Transportation And Mobility (4) And Assured Water Supply (7). It Was Let Down By Power Supply (74), Reduced Pollution (48), Housing And Inclusiveness (35). Municipal Commissioner Ramaswami N Said He Is Happy Navi Mumbai Is Marginally Behind Pune. “We Are Just 0.09 Overall Points Behind… Navi Mumbai Has Also Been Judged Best For Governance,” Said Ramaswami.

    Thane Scored On Power Supply, Transportation And Mobility, Ranking First, Assured Water Supply (4) And Employment (9). It Came Up Short In Safety And Security (82), Public Open Spaces (40), Reduced Pollution (53).

    “We Have Managed To Bring Thane A Long Way From Its Identity Of Being A Dormitory City Or Playing Younger Brother To Mumbai. It Is A Matter Of Immense Pride For Me That I Could Contribute To Help The City Secure An Admirable Place On The National Map,” Said Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal


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