15 per cent built up space for poor

This is apart from 20 p.c. layout space in housing projects

Urban poor in the State will not only get just 20 per cent layout space in all housing projects but will also be eligible for a proposed 15 per cent built up space in group housing coming up in 4,000 sq.yards site in municipal corporations.

The 15 per cent built up quota will also be given for housing coming up in 3,000 sq.yards and 2,000 sq.yards plots for smaller urban regions like municipalities, revealed a senior municipal official. A separate government order is to be issued and this has to be read along with the one issued last week where the 20 per cent quota of developed land was earmarked for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Groups (LIG) in housing projects.

Panel set up

These quotas are applicable for projects taken up by both private and public agencies as the government wants to subsidise housing in all municipalities, corporations and urban development authorities. A departmental committee set up by the Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration under the Director of Town & Country Planning. B. Purushothama Reddy suggested quite a few amendments to the existing laws for implementing it.

Its mandate was to suggest such changes to implement the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) about to be launched by the Centre for the poor and make urban areas free of slums within five years in the country. The panel called for equitable land distribution for facilitating housing socially and economically downtrodden. While the government was obliged to meet the shelter requirements, the private sector too has to develop a certain percentage for social housing mix to reduce the housing shortage.

With V. Rajendra Prasad, Joint Director and K. Venkateshwarlu, Eluru Municipal Commissioner as the other members, it said the maximum plot size for EWS is to be 35 sq.mts and 55 sq.mts for LIG. Such plots are to be disposed to registered weaker section societies or to public agencies at prevailing market rates as per the Registration Department. Such societies should develop them as group housing schemes and not plotted development. Developers will have to mortgage 10 per cent of plots other than those earmarked for EWS/LIG to the sanctioning authority as statutory guarantee. It will be five per cent of built up area of the non-reserved area for buildings.

Cent per cent exemption should be given on stamp duty, non-agriculture conversion charges, and development charges will be applicable for one time registration of EWS/LIG and 50 per cent of development charges and other fees for LIG plots. For mortgaged areas, a nominal charge of Rs. 100 stamp paper should be levied, it recommended.

  • These quotas are applicable for projects taken up by both private and public agencies
  • This is in tune with the Centre's policy to make urban areas free of slums in 5 years

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