iconimg Wednesday, August 05, 2015

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, August 16, 2013
The UP Housing and Development Board (UPHADB) will build 4,500 flats for different income groups in its housing schemes in various cities, including Lucknow, Agra and Ghaziabad. The board also plans to build state-of-the-art international convention centres, containing three-star hotels and malls in Lucknow and Agra.

The good news for UPHADB employees is that the housing body has approved dearness allowance to them and decided to stick to five-day-a-week working pattern from now on.

They would, however, have to put in a couple of extra hours on working days.

These decisions were taken at the board meeting of the UPHADB presided over by principal secretary, Sadakant, here on Wednesday.

Under the state government’s policy to encourage affordable housing, the agency has decided to build flats that would have a price range to suit the pockets of every section of the society.

To break its existing deadlock with the farmers whose land it has acquired for its housing projects, the UPHADB has mooted a proposal under which landowners would be given plots also.

The dimension of these plots would depend on the size of the acquired land.

Bulk land earmarked for housing projects would be sold through auction to private builders and installation of a water recycling plant has been made mandatory for any housing colony/project spread over two acres.

Vrindavan, Awadh Vihar and Gokul Gram are some of the ongoing housing projects of the UPHADB on Sultanpur Road in Lucknow.

“We will be putting out a public notice announcing the launch of these new group housing projects within a week,” said an official.

He said 450 two and three-bedroom flats with a price range of R 38 to 58 lakh would be built under the Aaravali Apartment Scheme.

Likewise, 1200 flats would be constructed under the affordable housing category in Nandini and Gangotri schemes with prices ranging between R 19 and 21 lakh.

Others in the pipeline include 988 flats (price R 30-45 lakh) in Alaknanda Enclave on Sultanpur Road, 432 high-end flats (price R 79.59 to 88.46 lakh) in Everest Enclave in Sector 18 of Vrindavan scheme.

Modifying its policy for allotment of land for petrol pumps, the board has decided that instead of lease, the pump owners would now be given land on freehold basis.