Accommodation Times News Service
Out of 1.75 crore building units in the Gujarat State, 24.03 lakh ( 13.71%) houses are vacant. Surat city has the most vacant houses in the state with 2.32 lakh dwelling units are unoccupied. In Vadodara 1.21 houses are empty and in Rajkot 94,870 houses are vacant. Nearly 2.30 lakh houses are vacant alone in Ahmedabad. On top of it, BJP have promised 50 lakh houses or 2,740 houses per day for middle class and urban poor while Congress has promised 822 houses per day for next five years.
According to the Gujarat Housing Board, a large number of affordable housing schemes will come up on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Amreli, Surat and Vadodara. The state government is seating on 790 acres of land in and around Ahmedabad which was taken possession by the state government under ULCRA. A senior official in Gandhinagar say that encroached ULC land alone can house 40,000 families in Ahmedabad.
Pundits in real estate says that Gujarat Housing Board (GHB) schemes were deliberately kept low to give advantage to builders in urban centres of the state. In Surat, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had in 2007 raised serious concern against GHB leasing out prime land measuring 1.72 lakh sq. mtrs in Jahangirbad to a private trust of a politician.