By Accommodation Times News Services
Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje unveiled two important policies pertaining to affordable housing and allotment of land in urban areas at the Secretariat today in Jaipur.
On the occasion, Chief Minister said that these policies will be a new milestone in our journey for policy reforms. Both the policies will go a long way in ensuring affordable housing, and in making simplifying the allotment of land in urban areas for different purposes. She said that with the increasing land prices, as well as the increasing prices of the building materials, it was indeed 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 that 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. Chief Minister said that the new policy 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.
Chief Minister invited the various bodies of real estate developers to participate in the forthcoming Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit scheduled to be held in Jaipur in November. She said that the global investors summit had galvanized the Government into taking fast and effective steps and action in various sectors. The housing sector, she said, is our key focus area – both from the perspective of inviting investments and for providing employment.
For the Policy on allotment of land in urban areas, Chief Minister said that the new Policy would enable the process of allotting land in urban areas to become faster and smoother for the investors. The procedures for allotment, and norms for various purposes, have been included in the Policy, making it transparent. Furthermore, she added that the clear and simple procedures have been specified in the Policy for land allotment. It also takes into account the land allotment for charitable and social institutions, industrial and public utilities, premier institutions, political parties and Government departments.
The Minister of UDH, Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said on the occasion that though the procedure for allotting land has been made easier, 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 Minister further said that the Policy of land allotment will be transparent for all development authorities and the details will be available on public domain.
Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development & Housing, Mr. Ashok Jain in a Power Point Presentation, outlined the salient features of both the Policies. For the Affordable Housing Policy, he explained the various provisions for the residential schemes, proposed industrial areas, development of affordable housing by private development on private land in partnership, development of EWS/LIG flats by private developers on whole of private land, affordable housing on Government land by private developers, and construction of EWS/LIG houses on Government land in different ratios.
The Chief Minister also interacted with various bodies of builders, including CREDAI, as well as bankers. A large number of Ministers and seniors officers were also present on the occasion.