Welcome back to another weekly news roundup, let’s take a look at the news bulletin:
- The Malad wall collapse incident claimed 26 lives and 72 people who were injured in the incident are undergoing treatment. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up a team to probe the wall collapse at Pimpripada in Malad and submit a report within 15 days.
- The finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an additional rebate of Rs 1.5 Lakh on Housing Loan Interest. Currently, this rebate was limited to Rs 2 Lakh only. So with this announcement, a housing loan for a home valued up to Rs 45 Lakh, the homebuyers will now avail a rebate of Rs 3.5 lakh on the home loan interest amount.
- The central government has launched a water conservation campaign, ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’, which will be centered around 5 aspects – water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation.
- West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the groundwater level had gone down in some blocks of West Bengal and stressed on the need to stop wastage of water.
- CREDAI Bengaluru termed Karnataka government’s plan to impose a five-year ban on the construction of multi-storeyed residential buildings to deal with the water crisis as ‘unrealistic’ as it will bring development to a never-ending halt.
- A department of town and country planning DTCP team canceled the Occupation papers of 100 houses in Gurugram, including DLF, Sushant Lok and Palam Vihar, after it found that their owners violate sanctioned plans and used illegal commercial.