Chennai Current Affairs - 2019
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The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K Palaniswami has unveiled MGR Centenary Arch on Kamaraj Salai of Chennai.
MGR Centenary Arch
- The MGR Centenary Arch has been built at an estimated cost of 2.52 crore, from the state Secretariat.
- The Centenary Arch 66 feet wide and 52 feet height was proposed to commemorate the birth centenary of the late chief minister MG Ramachandran.
- The division bench of Madras High Court had passed an interim order restraining the state government from inaugurating the arch, off the famous Marina beach, till disposal of public interest litigation petition opposing it last year.
- The Madras High Court had permitted the Tamil Nadu government to unveil the arch but without any ceremony.
Why the Centenary Arch was challenged?
- It was alleged that the arch was constructed by encroaching on arterial Kamarajar Salai and its pedestrian space meant for public use was in total violation of various legislations.
- The Tamil Nadu Highways Act does not permit any permanent structure can be constructed either on the middle or the pathway of a road.
DR M G Ramachandran
DR M G Ramachandran popularly known as M. G. R is an actor, filmmaker and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987. He has been also honoured with the Bharat Ratna.
The GST council has decided to slash the tax rate on under-construction residential properties and the affordable housing projects category.
Decision of GST council
- The GST council has reduced the GST rate for under construction from the present 12 per cent to 5 per cent.
- The GST rate for affordable housing category is now 1 per cent compared to the present 8 per cent.
- The new rates will be applicable from April 2019.
- For both under construction and affordable housing category the builders would not be able to claim the input tax credit (ITC) which they used to get when the tax slabs of 8 per cent and 12 per cent were applicable.
- To ensure that the benefits of tax reduction are passed on to the consumers the government has created more conditions, especially for the affordable housing category.
- Houses under the affordable housing category.are divided into two categories metro and non-metro.
- In metro areas of Delhi NCR (limited to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad), Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, the eligibility for affordable housing would be properties worth Rs 45 lakh and 60 sq metre carpet area and in non-metro cities it would be Rs 45 lakh and 90 sq metre.
- The law committee has been mandated to frame the transition rules for those already in construction.
- The government has created a safety net to ensure that the removal of input tax credit doesn’t drive the sector to the cash-based one, especially in black by mandating the builders selling houses under the normal and affordable category to procure a large percentage of their inputs from GST registered suppliers.
This decision of the GST council is expected to push demand and increase sales of under-construction properties. The new norms may even bring many more properties, even in the premium segment, into the affordable category.