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Poor can now dream of a house in the city

Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, March 26, 2013
First Published: 01:53 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:55 IST(26/3/2013)

In a city like Gurgaon, where the minimum price tag for a two-bedroom house is about Rs. 75 lakh-Rs 1 crore, owning a house for a person belonging to low-income group is a distant dream.

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The proposed housing scheme is aimed at members of low-income groups. "The new policy was proposed for encouraging affordable housing projects which can have some real impact in urban centres of Haryana. The government would relax floor area ratio (FAR) and other norms to make mass housing projects happen," said an official of the state town and country planning department.

The draft 'Affordable Housing Policy-2013' - for which the state government has sought suggestions from the public - has also proposed to increase the population density norms to 900 persons per acre as against the current 300. This means the developers would be allowed to construct a maximum 180 apartments as against prevailing 60 units an acre. The policy also provisions for a ceiling of maximum of 300 acres on which the affordable houses will come up. It is expected that about 54,000 units will come up.  As per the draft policy, any resident of Haryana - who does not own a house/plot in Huda sector or any privately-developed township in the state - can apply for the property which will be distributed through a draw of lots by a committee appointed by the Haryana government.

An official of the town and country planning department admitted the affordable housing policy earlier announced on May 28, 2009, had not been successful in achieving the desired result of providing the masses with 'affordable housing'.

All such projects will be required to be completed within four years from the approval of building plans or grant of environmental clearance.

The applications received under the policy along with a comprehensive 'project report' shall be examined on merit. Priority will be given to projects received early. The draft policy has also put in place provisions for 'stringent allotment parameters' so that the benefits are passed onto the intended beneficiaries and not to speculators.


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