Over 47,500 houses in Delhi meant for slum-dwellers to be used under ARHCs scheme – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Over 47,500 small housing units being built by the Delhi government for slum-dwellers have now been ordered by the Centre to be used under their Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) scheme, city PWD Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday. Out of these 47,511 houses, a large number of units have been built, and many others are under construction.

The Delhi PWD minister shared the details during a press conference here, and in response to a question said that new housing facilities will have to be built now for those residing in slums and JJ colonies.

According to a plan, the Delhi government was building these low-cost houses to relocate those living in slums.

“We had written to the Centre on this issue and a meeting was also held. But the Union Cabinet has taken a decision and the Centre has ordered that these 47,511 houses to be used now only under the affordable rental housing scheme,” Jain told reporters.

The Delhi minister later also tweeted about the issue.

According to the website of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, ARHCs will provide ease of living to urban migrants and poor in industrial sector as well as in non-formal urban economy to get access to dignified affordable rental housing close to their workplace.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in reverse migration of urban migrants and poor in the country. Urban migrants stay in slums, informal settlements, unauthorised colonies, peri-urban areas to save cost on housing. They need decent rental housing at affordable rate at their work sites, the website said.

In order to address this need, the ministry has initiated Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs), a sub-scheme under Pradhan Mantri AWAS Yojana- Urban (PMAY-U), it added.

Beneficiaries for ARHCs are urban migrants and poor from EWS or LIG categories. ARHCs will be a mix of single or double bedroom dwelling units and dormitory of 4-6 beds, including all common facilities which will be exclusively used for rental housing for a minimum period of 25 years, the website said.

Jain said for 9,104 units of the total number of houses, several departments have also given relocation charges for and many people have and submitted their payment, adding that these units at different places in Delhi were planned to be allotted soon.

For the slum-dwellers who have now been left in the lurch, the PWD minister said preparation will have to be made for in situ development for lack of space in the city.

“But a few days ago, we received a letter from the Centre that all 47,511 houses are to be used for affordable rental housing scheme only,” he said.

Jain said even the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had asked for 9,535 units to relocate people, but the Centre has said no to this too and these housing units are to be under ARHCs scheme only.

On a question on the Delhi government’s decision to ban bursting of crackers to curb pollution being criticised by an opposition party, he said, “We are strict on curbing stubble-burning too.”



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Over 88,200 government-funded vacant houses available to be converted into ARHCs – ET RealEstate

About 88,236 existing government funded vacant houses are available to be converted into Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) for rental accommodation to migrants under Model-1 of ARHC scheme, according to Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.

However, no vacant houses are available in Telangana for rental accommodation to migrants under Model-1.

According to the ministry, aims and objectives of Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHC) Scheme announced under Atmanirbhar Bharat Package are to address the vision of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ significantly by creating a sustainable ecosystem of affordable rental housing solutions for urban migrants/poor.

“Another aim is to achieve overall objective of “Housing for All” encompassing the need of affordable rental housing for urban migrants/poor. ARHCs will provide them dignified living with necessary civic amenities near their place of work,” the ministry said.

The move will also create a conducive environment by incentivizing public and private to leverage investment for creating affordable rental housing stock to take care of their own requirements for workforce and also cater to neighbouring areas, if they have available vacant land.

Initial affordable rent of ARHCs will be fixed by the local authority based on a local survey prior to the issuance of Request for Proposal (RFP) by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

Subsequently, rent will be enhanced biennially by 8%, subject to maximum increase of 20% in aggregate, over a period of 5 years, effective from the date of signing the contract. The same mechanism shall be followed over the entire concession period, which is 25 years.



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Chandigarh administration conducts third draw for EWS flats in Maloya – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh administration on Wednesday conducted the third computerized draw for allotment of EWS flats in Maloya to the eligible applicants, who will be shifted there from pre-fabricated shelters in sectors 52 and 56. The project is being implemented under the Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Scheme of the ministry of housing and urban affairs, government of India.

The draw for 416 flats was held at 11am. Thirteen applicants who had submitted copies of disability certificates were allotted flats at ground floor. The draw was streamed live at the site of pre-fab shelters through a display van.

Immediately after the draw, the result was uploaded on the website of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). A copy of the result was also displayed at the pre-fab shelters site in Sector 52.

A senior CHB official said, “Allotment letters and possession slips will be issued to the successful applicants on December 4 on the CHB premises.”

The allottees would be required to pay a monthly rent of Rs 3,000, which will be increased biennially by 8%. The total rental period would be a maximum of 25 years.

A public notice was issued on October 15, inviting objections to the list of occupants uploaded on the official website of the CHB. The last date for submission of objections was October 22. As many as 508 objections were received.

After a survey from September 29 to October 1, a list of occupants of 1,692 pre-fab shelters in Sector 52 and of 69 pre-fab shelters in Sector 56 was prepared for allotting the EWS flats in Maloya-I.

The construction of the flats had begun in June 2014 at a cost of Rs 250 crore.

The CHB is the nodal body for the construction of rehabilitation colonies. So far, it has built 12,736 of the 25,728 proposed flats. Of these, around 12,000 were built in Sector 38 (W), Sector 49, Dhanas, Mauli Jagran-II and Ram Darbar.

The administration rehabilitates slum-dwellers after conducting a biometric survey. The colonies resettled in the last 10 years include Colony Number 5, Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Mazdoor Colony.



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Chandigarh housing board to hand over flats in Maloya from Nov 15 – ET RealEstate

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CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has finalised the schedule for relocating residents of pre-fab shelters in sectors 52 and 56 to its EWS flats in Maloya I.

A senior CHB official said arrangements are being made to hand over possession of flats from November 15. Officers from the municipal corporation (MC) and UT electricity department will join for release of water and electricity connection on the day of possession itself.

The project will be implemented under the Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) scheme of the Centre. The allottees will be required to pay a monthly rent of Rs 3,000 which will go up biennially by 8%. The total rental period will be for a maximum 25 years.

A public notice issued on October 15 invited objections to the list of occupants uploaded on the official website of the CHB. The last date for submission of objections was October 22. A total of 508 objections were received. A camp will be organised on the CHB premises in Sector 9 D on October 26. The list of occupants of 1,692 pre-fab shelters in Sector 52 and 69 pre-fab shelters in Sector 56 had been prepared for the allotment.

The construction of the flats in Maloya had begun in June 2014 at a cost of Rs 250 crore.

The CHB is the nodal body for the construction of rehabilitation colonies. So far, it has built 12,736 of the 25,728 flats proposed. Of these, around 12,000 were built in Sector 38 (W), Sector 49, Dhanas, Mauli Jagran II and Ram Darbar. The administration rehabilitates slumdwellers after conducting a biometric survey. The colonies resettled in the last 10 years include Colony No 5, Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Mazdoor Colony.



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