Haryana working on new affordable housing scheme
If the new policy is implemented, a house in Haryana will cost as little as 2,000 per sq ft
The Haryana government has constituted a subcommittee of ministers to work out a new affordable housing scheme that will offer reasonable housing options to lower and lower- middle income groups in the state, CM Manohar Lal Khattar said on the sidelines of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (Credai) conclave held in the Capital recently.
Currently, the affordable housing scheme of 2013 offers housing options at ₹ 4,000 per sq ft. If the new policy is implemented, the rates will be as low as ₹ 2,000 per sq ft. This means, one can buy a two-bedroom house of about 500 sq ft for ₹ 10 lakh in Gurgaon, he said, adding the state government is planning to develop housing in semi-rural or urbanised villages for the purpose.
“A third category Nagar Panchayat will be created for the villages in Haryana with a population 10,000-30,000 and those villages that do not want to come under the municipal committees/corporations/ councils. Nagar Panchayats will make arrangements for sewerage, water, roads and electricity. We have formed a sub-committee of ministers that is already in touch with various agencies, including developers. One of the developers has approached us and offered to build houses at the rate of ₹ 1,520 per sq ft in Gurgaon,” he said.
The Haryana government is also for mulating a new zonal policy for strengthening infrastructure in several cities across the state, especially Gurgaon.
“As per the policy, we will first start work in habituated areas and later take up other areas. For this, we are assimilat- ing resources and may turn to financial institutions, if needed, to finance infrastructure projects. We will also recover the pending external development charges (EDC) — that is running into thousands of crores from developers,” he said.
The CM said the construction of the Kundli-ManesarPalwal Expressway i s i n progress. Work from Palwal to Manesar will be completed in the next six months, while tenders for the Kundli to Manesar stretch have been floated. The stretch will be ready in two years. He also said that his government plans to develop Gurgaon as a smart city even though it has not been included in the list.
Khattar also said that his government will consider restructuring of infrastructure development charges payable by real estate developers on a case to case basis in view of slowdown in the property market and assured that realty sector that he would look into their concerns while establishing the real estate regulator in the state.
The Gujarat government will also consult all stake holders, including developers, while constituting the state real estate regulatory authority (RERA), chief minister Anandiben Patel said at the conclave.
Under t he Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015, approved by the Cabinet, the states and UTs need to establish the Real Estate Regulatory Authority to regulate real estate transactions.
Chief minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar at the Credai Conclave held in the Capital recently