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

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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

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