Af­ford­able homes to be built at Taloja THE FIRST PHASE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Taloja is all set to get 13,810 houses for lower in­come group.

The City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (Cidco) mass hous­ing scheme is es­ti­mated to cost Rs2,045 crore.

Cidco sources said ten­ders have been called for the project with work ex­pected to be­gin in the next two to three months.

The nodal agency is plan­ning to ex­clude the land cost from the prices of the house to bring down the prices. To en­sure that the project qual­ity is as poor as its pre­vi­ous projects, Cidco has de­cided to de­mand a guar­an­tee of 10 years from con­trac­tors.

Cidco has con­structed 1.5 lakh houses for var­i­ous in­come groups. It has plans to con­struct 55,000 houses by De­cem­ber 2019. The first phase work of build­ing 13,810 houses has be­gun.

The first phase too has been di­vided into two. In the first stage 7,179 houses will be con­structed which will cost Rs1,320 crore. In the next three years, Cidco is plan­ning to com­plete the con­struc­tion of the re­main­ing.

The houses will have an area of 308 square feet for eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions and 370 square feet for lower-in­come group houses.

Ac­cord­ing to Cidco joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor V Radha, “A to­tal of 55,000 houses will be con­structed in Navi Mum­bai by 2019.”

She said, “To achieve the tar­get, a new mass hous­ing scheme will be ini­ti­ated ev­ery year for the next three years. The hous­ing schemes will come up at Ghan­soli, Vashi, Pach­nand and other ar­eas.”

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