By Accommodation Times Bureau
From the squalor of slums on municipal lands to habitable houses, the dwellers are set to cover the distance soon, courtesy Haryana Government’s Slum-in-Situ Rehabilitation Policy designed to provide the residential facility under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
The comprehensive Slum–in-Situ Rehabilitation Policy under Housing for All- 2018” notified by the state government, would be implemented by the Urban Local Bodies Department (ULB).
Not limiting itself to providing houses to slum dwellers, the policy goes a step further. In the interim— between the dwellers moving to an alternative location to facilitate construction of housing colony at the site and completion of the housing project—the developer will pay rent to enable them to hire a room. The amount of rent will vary from place to place.
Outlining broad outlines of the policy, an official spokesman said here today that is aimed at providing residential facility to those people who had been living in slums on government lands in urban areas of the state.
The government would allot houses to such people as are living on the lands belonging to municipal corporations, municipal councils and municipalities by developing colonies in the Private Public Partnership mode. The policy will apply to the slums which will be identified under the PMAY.
He said rehabilitation of slum dwellers with the participation of private developers using land as a resource is one of the main components of the scheme. The salient features of the policy include slums, whether on the land of the Central Government, state government, Urban Local Bodies or private, being taken up for “in-situ” redevelopment for providing houses to all eligible slum dwellers.
Slums so redeveloped should compulsorily be de-notified. Private partner for slum redevelopment would be selected through an open bidding process. The state government and cities would, if required, provide additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR), Floor Space Index (FSI) and Transferable Development Rights (TDR) for making slum redevelopment projects financially viable.
The Central Government shall provide Rs. 1,00,000 per DU while state’s share would be Rs. 67,000 per DU. Therefore, the total financial assistance of Rs. 1,67,000 per DU shall be provided to the developer.
The spokesman said slum rehabilitation grant of Rs 1 lakh per house, on an average, would be admissible for all houses built for eligible slum dwellers in all such projects. States and UTs will have the flexibility to deploy central grant for other slums being redeveloped for providing houses to eligible slum dwellers with private participation, except slum on private land.
Eligibility of the slum dwellers like-cut-off date would be decided by states/ UTs preferably through legislation. States or UTs would decide whether the houses constructed would be allotted on ownership rights or on renewable, mortgageable and inheritable leasehold rights. States or UTs would impose suitable restrictions on the transfer of houses constructed under this component. This policy will apply to the slums identified under a PMAY survey to be conducted by the state government.
The municipality would provide ownership documents of these lands and ensure that such land is fit for the slum-in-situ project. The redevelopment of a slum under this scheme may be carried out through Public Private Partnership (PPP). In such case, the private partner would develop the units required to rehabilitate the slum as per specifications and conditions of the policy.
The developer in Municipal Corporation (MC), Gurugram, and Faridabad would pay Rs 3,000 pm, MC other than Gurugram and Faridabad would pay Rs 2,000 pm. Similarly, developer of all municipal councils would pay Rs 1,500 pm and of all the municipal committees would pay Rs 1,000 per month to the project beneficiaries till the date of handing over of the project to the municipality concerned.
The allotment of units shall be held under the supervision of Commissioner, Municipal Corporation in case of Municipal Corporation and Deputy Commissioner in case of Municipal Council and Committee.
The beneficiary of Municipal Corporation (MC) Gurugram and Faridabad would pay Rs 1 lakh for DU or Flat and MC other than Gurugram and Faridabad would pay Rs 75,000, Similarly, the beneficiary of all municipal councils would pay Rs 50,000 and of all municipal committees would pay Rs 25,000 for DU or flat in 24 monthly installments i.e. within the project completion period.
If the beneficiary does not deposit the due amount within the stipulated period, the possession of allotted DU or flat would not be given to the beneficiary, and six months time would be provided to the beneficiary to deposit the due amount.
If the beneficiary does not pay the amount within the 6 months, the municipalities concerned would cancel the allotment of flat or DU and may offer to other PMAY identified beneficiaries. The beneficiary would not be allowed to transfer or sell the flat or DU at least for ten years after allotment which is the lock-in period for allotted flat or DU under this scheme. In case, any beneficiary is found violating the said condition, the municipality can resume the flat or dwelling unit.
The ground coverage for the area under Slum Rehabilitation Component’ would be 50 percent, carpet area 50 square meter of DU, floor area ratio 250 and five number of storeys would be allowed. Social infrastructure would include one creche of 50- square meter area for less than 100 Dus and creche of 100 square meters for 100 to 300 DUs.
And for more than 300 Dus, one community centre having area of 150 sq. mtr., one creche of 100 sq. mtr., one health centre of 50 sq. mtr. would be essential, the spokesman added.