Builders have to earmark land for EWS, LIG

After much dilly-dallying and straining builders’ nerves for quite some time, the government has finally came up with certain amendments to building regulations that pertain to earmarking part of projects for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG).

Accordingly, for all group housing and group development scheme projects where the land extent is more than five acres (2.023 hectares), the developer or builder of the project will have to provide 10 per cent of the total built up area for EWS (five per cent) and LIG units (five per cent).

Before the present amendment was notified through GO 245 dated June 30, the earmarking was in force for projects with land extent of 4,000 square metres or above i.e., roughly about an acre and above. At the same time, the provision to be made in them was 20 per cent for EWS and LIG housing units.

Builders and developers have also been provided with an option of going for 25 per cent of the total number of units of the project, 12.5 per cent each for EWS and LIG units.

The orders too made a prescription on maximum plinth area for these two categories as 24 square metres for EWS and 50 square metres for LIG unit.

Developers are also expected to execute either of this option within the site or within the radius of 10 km of project site or within five km from the nearest aerial route boundary of the municipal limits in case of GHMC, GVMC and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation areas.

For other local bodies, the same has to be provided within the site or within the radius of five km from the site or within five km from the nearest aerial route boundary of the municipal boundary.

Developers providing EWS/LIG units in-situ within the project site will be offered an exemption of 10 per cent City Level Infrastructure Impact Fee.

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