THE MADHYA Pradesh Housing Board (MPHB) has already started bookings for flats and villas on the Green Meadows at Arera Hills , even though the board is yet to ‘officially” acquire land for the ambitious project. The unseemly haste has given rise to doubts if this project will also get delayed like the earlier one-Rivera.
The Green Meadows project is the costliest in Bhopal in terms of cost of independent villas and flats. The cost of a flat varies from Rs 22 lakh to Rs 30 lakh while the independent villas would be offered on nearly Rs 40 lakh.
The cost may go up further in case of price escalation of construction materials. Despite high cost, the MPHB got good response as far as independent villas are concerned.
According to information, the MPHB received 29 applications for 21 triplex houses named as Lotus Villas of this project. For 28 duplex named as Rose villas, the MPHB received same number of applications. Besides, 52 flats would be constructed in this campus.
The booking for this project started even before laying the foundation stone for the scheme on June 5 by Finance Minister Raghavji and Minister for Urban Administration and Development Jayant Malaiya.
However, the final land allotment order is yet to be issued by the State Government’s Revenue department. Subsequently, the MPHB will have to pay the cost of this prime land at the Arera Hills. The process could delay the project the same way as MPHB’s another project – Rivera – got delayed.
The work on Rivera project could be started after a gap of four years due to similar reasons. Some of the investors in Rivera even filed petitions in the court due to delay.
Sources also said that the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to grant building permission for this project. However, the Town and Country Planning Department has approved the proposal without land allotment.
When asked, RK Yadav, Deputy Housing Commissioner told the Hindustan Times that the scheme was approved at the State Government level. So, there was no question of any problem in this regard.
The proposal is sent to the Revenue Department for final land allotment, he added. Yadav said that the land in question was already reserved for the MPHB.