Rajasthan to build cheaper houses for low income group

A new housing scheme that will provide 20% cheaper homes to people from lower income groups (LIG) and economically weaker sections (EWS) was launched in Rajasthan today.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also unveiled another policy pertaining to allotment of land for different purposes in urban areas.

The new housing scheme is part of the ‘Rajasthan Housing for All’ project. The state has estimated a need for at least 10 lakh houses by 2022.
And at least 85% of these houses would be need by the LIG and EWS category people.

The government has decided to build cheaper houses in four different models.

As per the scheme, 10 percent of the land in government and private housing schemes would be reserved for building houses for LIG and EWS people. In townships, the developers will have to reserve seven percent land for LIG/EWS.In return, the government will give relaxation in floor-area-ratio (FAR) conditions to the private builders.
The Rajasthan Housing Board, however, will now reserve 50 percent land for LIG/EWS.
The Jaipur Development Authority and UITs in cities will have to reserve 25 percent land for the purpose.

Chief Minister while launching the project said : “The policy is first of its kind consisting of various advantageous provisions and shortcomings of the old policy have been tackled and removed.”

Raje said both the policies will go a long way in ensuring affordable housing and making simple the allotment of land in urban areas for different purposes. She said that with the increasing land prices and increasing prices of the building materials, it was a challenge to provide housing to thousands of urban people in all cities at reasonable and affordable prices.

She said that the government had reshaped the earlier policy for affordable housing which had been launched in 2009. In the new policy incentives have been given to developers in such a way that they get motivated to construct EWS/LIG housing on both private and government land.
The new policy, she said, will also motivate government agencies to take up construction of affordable housing. For the smooth implementation of the policy, a Committee under the Chairmanship of Minister, UDH has been set up.
Raje invited the various bodies of real estate developers to participate in the forthcoming Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit to be held in Jaipur in November. She said that the global investors summit has galvanized the government into taking effective steps in various sectors. The housing sector, she said, is our key focus area – both from the perspective of inviting investment and providing employment.
The policy on allotment of land in urban areas, will become faster and smoother for the investors. The procedures of allotment and norms for various purposes have been included in the policy, which makes it transparent. Clear and simple procedures have been specified in the policy for land allotment.

Though the procedure for allotment of land has been made easier, yet the government aims to keep a strict check on the correct use of allotted land. To expedite the process of construction, developers will be facilitated by fast track approvals. The policy of land allotment will be transparent for all development authorities and the details will be available on public domain.

But interestingly such schemes have been showcased as flagship projects by each of the incumbent governments.

In 2009, the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot had also launched the affordable housing policy, which aimed to build 1.25 lakh houses over five years for the low income and economically weaker sections of the state. It was to be executed in five models.

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