first_imgGurugram: Haryana government has eased the rules for the private developers for creating new townships. Now rather than a colony being developed in 100 acres of the area, it can also be developed in the area of 25 to 50 acres.The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The move is being mulled to check the mushrooming of illegal colonies in Gurugram and Faridabad that continues to be a major challenge for the government. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”In areas like Gurugram and Faridabad where there is a huge demand for accommodation we have eased the rules for developing the new townships. Now rather than a colony being developed on 100 acres there will be flexibility in reducing the area to25 and 50 acres,” said a senior public official. The Haryana government had earlier cleared the hurdles by increasing the floor to area (FAR) ratio in the residential colonies of Gurugram. Now there will be no hurdles in building four floors as compared to three that had to build as per the guidelines. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn addition to providing the leeway of building four floors, the Government is also providing a fillip to setting up of the green buildings. The new building plan has allowed the increase of area by more than 15 per cent. In order to deal with the parking problems that is plaguing most of the residential colonies in Gurugram all the new houses that will have four floors are mandated to build the stilt parking. The move by the Haryana government comes at a time when there are challenges of not increasing the sagging sales of residential housings but also solve the crisis of providing affordable housing.last_img read more

The Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka released a guidebook offering consular protection and assistance to Chinese nationals visiting the island country.In a ceremony held in Colombo, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan unveiled the book together with Minister of Tourism, John Amaratunga, the Xinhua news agency reported. Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Cheng said due to the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Sri Lanka friendly and pragmatic cooperation, which has benefited the two countries, more Chinese people were visiting Sri Lanka for tourism, businesses and cultural exchanges.Ambassador Cheng said maintaining the safety and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese nationals overseas was the duty of the Chinese government and the Chinese embassies and consulates, and the Chinese government had always told Chinese travelers to adhere to local laws and local folklore.He said the guidebook provided useful information to all Chinese travelers and hoped it would become a treasure book for those wanting to have a pleasant and peaceful stay in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is aiming to attract at least 300,000 Chinese tourists to visit the country this year. Speaking at the launch, Amaratunga said that this guidebook will be extremely vital in guiding thousands of Chinese tourists who visit Sri Lanka every year and it is an example for other embassies to follow in providing proper guidance in their respective languages to their citizens when they arrive in the country. The guidebook was then handed over to a group of tourists who had attended the ceremony and to representatives of Sri Lankan and Chinese companies based in Colombo. “As you all are aware China is the second highest source of tourists to Sri Lanka. Last year we welcomed 266,000 Chinese tourists to the country,” Amaratunga said.Amaratunga further said the tourism ministry will extend its fullest cooperation in ensuring that the guidebook is distributed to all Chinese nationals arriving in the country. He said the Sri Lanka Tourism Information Center at the Bandaranaike International Airport will also take measures to distribute this guidebook at the arrivals terminal to the Chinese travelers. read more