By Accommodation Times News Service
The recent development plan for the state capital proposed by Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (Guda) mentions special policies to attract builders for more housing in the city. Discounts in jantri rates; special areas earmarked for housing projects for lower income, middle, and higher income groups; and a special affordable housing zone where existing residential buildings will be allowed to construct an additional floor, are among the policies proposed to attract housing to the state capital. Along with the urban development department, Guda will take up redevelopment of government housing which today is in a dilapidated state.
In order to encourage affordable housing projects in the city, Guda has proposed discounts of 10% to 40% on jantri rates, depending on the size of a dwelling. For instance, structures up to 50 sq metre in size will get a discount of 10% while those of 80 sq meter or above in size will get a discount of up to 40%.
Guda has also identified areas in the state capital for housing for low income, middle income and higher income groups. A total of 24.08 hectares have been earmarked for this purpose. Housing for middle income would be provided in Sector 30 and for lower income in Sector 6. For economically weaker sections (EWS) and lower income groups, sectors 3A and sector 2A, respectively, have been identified for housing.
The authority has also proposed a special affordable housing zone in the capital and an area of 0.6 hectares has been earmarked for this purpose near the ring road. There are close to 62 slum clusters within Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation limits which would also require housing.
For redevelopment of dilapidated government housing units, Guda plans to introduce projects based on PPP model. (Government housing units comprise 41% of the total housing in the city.) The state government plans to introduce affordable housing schemes on nearly 27.12 hectares of land where today rundown government houses for LIG, MIG and HIG exist.
“Gandhinagar is fast developing into an area within the larger Ahmedabad metropolitan agglomerate. The new development plan for the state capital keeps in mind the future growth plan and needs for the next decade. Gandhinagar city alone will have a population of 9.5 lakh,” said a Guda official.