Now, Covid coordinators must for housing societies in Ahmedabad – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has made it mandatory for all housing societies, apartment complexes and colonies to appoint Covid coordinators.

The decision was taken at a meeting held on Monday. Rajiv Gupta, additional chief secretary, forests and environment, who is in charge of Covid management in Ahmedabad said, “After getting positive results through the last intervention of Covid coordinators for offices, institutions, commercial and industrial units that have 30 or more workers, the AMC has decided to have coordinators for all residential societies.”

Under Rule 11 of the regulations for prevention and containment of Covid-19 framed by the Gujarat government under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the AMC has made it mandatory for the secretary, chairman, organizer, manager or owner of every residential society to appoint someone Covid coordinator and to inform the assistant municipal commissioner concerned.

The AMC stated that if visitors to the society have Covid symptoms it will be the responsibility of the Covid coordinator to inform the authorities or the nearest urban health centre for testing. They will also have to prepare a history of contacts in the last 14 days, and will have to send the report to the assistant municipal commissioner of their ward

Apart from ensuring that no home quarantined person comes out, the AMC states that in micro-containment zones, office-bearers of the society will be responsible to no one comes into contact with any person with Covid.
Now, Covid coordinators must for housing societies in AhmedabadThe office-bearers will have to ensure that antigen testing is done for all residents of a micro-containment zone. The AMC made it clear that for any negligence or non-compliance the chairman /secretary shall be held responsible and shall invite prosecution under Section 188 of the IPC, the Disaster Management Act 2005 and the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

AMC said that now, as the sero-positivity study has confirmed that immunity is not necessarily being developed in people in terms of antibodies, and as there is no vaccine available, prevention is the need of the hour. AMC has therefore decided to take these measures to enable community participation in Covid management.



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Gujarat government to announce affordable rental housing scheme for students – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: Soon, the students in Gujarat and those coming from other states will be able to avail rental homes at much cheaper rates than the market price. The Gujarat government is all set to announce its new Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHC) scheme in a week or two.

Under the ARHC scheme, the government will be tying up with private players, under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, to utilise vacant houses in the Gujarat Housing Board and other schemes.

The developer or property management firm will be given vacant houses on a fixed rental model under which the firms can rent it out to lower income group (LIG), economically weaker section (EWS), students and others.

Similarly, the government also has another model in which the developer can come up with their own project and construct dwellings as per given specifications. Here, the developer will be also getting 50 per cent more FSI (Floor Space Index) for free.

This will help reduce the overall cost of the construction.

However, the developer will have to get the rentals approved by the government so that it’s lesser than the prevailing market rates.

Commenting on the development, Secretary of Urban Development and Urban Housing Lochan Sehra said, “The central government had announced the ARHC scheme and the state government is all set to replicate it in Gujarat.”

He added, “While the benefit of the same can be availed by the EWS and LIG segment, the same will be passed on to the students too. This will not only boost the real estate sector but will increase projects in industrial and educational areas like the knowledge corridor in Gandhinagar, etc.”

According to the realty experts, the scheme would have been better if the government would have announced heavy subsidies for the construction under this category.

Yogesh Bhavsar, senior vice president of NAREDCO, a registered real estate developers’ body, told Mirror, “We welcome the government’s initiative as it will allow many developers to get into active mode. The scheme’s maximum benefit will be seen in industrial areas like Sanand, Kalol and Santej.”

However, he stressed, “Considering the cost of land in the municipal corporation and urban development authority areas, rental projects in urban areas don’t seem viable.”

Students welcome proposal

Manas Agrawal (21), a student of PDPU, said, “We currently live in a college hostel and pay close to Rs 7,000 per month as rent. Moreover, we have to share the room with someone else. Therefore, if we get our own space at cheaper rentals it would be better. It will save money and give us privacy too.



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Gandhinagar-based builder accuses flat buyer of harassment – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: A developer from Kalol in Gandhinagar district, who floated a housing scheme in 2016 in the Paldi area, on Tuesday filed a complaint with Paldi police alleging that one of his buyers, who was aggrieved at size of the flat he had bought, was constantly harassed him by damaging his properties.

Sunil Chandwani, 53, a resident of Kalol, states that he began construction of apartments in the Paldi area in 2014. The accused, Praveen Jadhav, approached him in 2019 to buy a two-bedroom flat in the scheme. After a while, Jadhav approached him and sought a three-bedroom flat saying that he has family.

As Chandwani had finalized the deals for all the flats, he told Jadhav that he would be unable to allot him a 3BHK flat. This did not go down well with Jadhav who began abusing and threatening Chandwani.

Chandwani alleged in the FIR that Jadhav had broken a CCTV camera worth Rs 4,000 installed in the apartments and stolen another camera, worth Rs 25,000. Apart from this, he continued to do damage to the building.

On Tuesday, he called Chandwani and told that his flush was not working and asked him to repair it immediately. After a while, he called him again and said that the lift was not working. When Chandwani called a lift technician, he found that someone had cut wires of the lift.

After this, Chandwani approached Paldi police and filed a complaint for causing damage and criminal intimidation against Jadhav.



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