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New policy to boost affordable housing

The Haryana government is planning to come out with a comprehensive housing policy to boost construction of affordable houses in the state. The government proposes to increase the density of population in the case of group housing societies to 900 persons in an acre, which would facilitate builders to construct more small-sized housing units in a given area. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports

gurgaon Updated: Sep 24, 2012 00:33 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The Haryana government is planning to come out with a comprehensive housing policy to boost construction of affordable houses in the state. The government proposes to increase the density of population in the case of group housing societies to 900 persons in an acre, which would facilitate builders to construct more small-sized housing units in a given area.

As per the existing norms, there would be only 300 persons per acre — which means one cannot construct more than 60 units in an acre. If the population density is increased to 900, then 180 units can come up in an acre.

The government is likely to offer about 75,000 housing units across the state with the cost ranging between Rs. 15 and Rs. 30 lakh per unit. Out of this a substantial number of houses will come up in Gurgaon. The government has set the ball rolling for the construction of 11,000 housing units for economically weaker sections (EWS) and lower income group (LIG) at Sector 68 in Gurgaon.

SS Dhillon, the finance commissioner and principal secretary (town & country planning), Haryana, told HT that the new housing policy was aimed at curbing proliferation of illegal colonies in the cities. The policy would be unveiled within twenty days.

The minimum size of apartments available in the market in Gurgaon starts at 1,350 sqft and above and costs upwards R75 lakh, while average size is 1,700 sqft with a price tag of above R1 crore.

“Under the proposed affordable housing policy, we would offer private developers incentives to construct low cost housing units as per the revised population density norms of 900 persons per acre. In the draft development plan of Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex 2031 notified on September 4, we have reserved 125 acres of land for affordable housing in Sector 68," said Dhillon.

The official said, as per the survey conducted by Urban Local Body Department of Haryana, the state has about 1,000 unauthorised colonies in the state and about 82 are in Gurgaon.

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