Over 140 slum dwellers in Bhubaneswar get houses – ET RealEstate

BHUBANESWAR: As many as 143 RAY (Rajiv Awas Yojana) beneficiaries of Satyakali Behera Sahi Basti in the city were given possession letter of their houses built under the Rangamatia Relocation Project-Gadakana, under the jurisdiction of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

They received the letters in a meeting organised by BMC South East Zone at Satyanagar Park here on Thursday. Among others, Bhubaneswar (Central) MLA Ananta Narayan Jena, noted musician Prafulla Kumar Kar attended the ceremony.

Survey was started in 2013 to identify beneficiaries for the housing scheme. There are 280 beneficiaries from Satyakali Basti of ward-34. Out of 280 sanctioned houses, 143 beneficiaries received the possession letter. At Rangamatia Relocation Project-Gadakana there are 600 houses for such beneficiaries. After these beneficiaries, Arabinda and Tarini Basti of ward-9, Dasaraj basti and Patra Sahi Basti of ward-12 will get their houses, said the MLA.

Each beneficiary had paid Rs 1,20,000 as contribution to get the house. “I feel really happy after getting this house. It is not possible for us to build a house of our own in a city like Bhubaneswar, but the state government has done this for us,” said Golekh Chandra Mohanty, a beneficiary with partially disability.

Ansuman Rath, zonal deputy commissioner of SE Zone, BMC, said the civic body is trying to accommodate such beneficiaries more and more.



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Odisha government plans 25,000 housing units in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar – ET RealEstate

BHUBANESWAR: The state government is planning to roll out housing projects with more than 25,000 dwelling units, mainly for the lower and middle-income groups in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, soon. This would be one of the biggest housing stocks being built by the government at one go in recent years.

Housing and urban development secretary G Mathi Vathanan said if things move as planned, the tenders for some projects totalling 20,000 housing units, may be floated as early as April. “We will take project-specific approval from the government,” he added.

“As the city grows, one wants to buy space rather than land. Now our main focus will be on housing and capitalising on the vertical space. We have given top priority to vertical structures, especially in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. In the next one year, more than 25,000 houses may be rolled out in the two cities,” Vathanan said.

The bureaucrat further said the government intends to target the middle and lower-income groups (monthly income up to Rs 25,000) because this segment is not catered to by the private sector. The projects will be floated by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), the Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB), among other agencies, he added.

The government has identified around 200 acres of land in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for the housing projects. “Part of the land will be monetized by involving private developers and money generated from that will be used in constructions. Since the constructions will come up on government land, the cost of housing units will be far less than the market price,” the housing and urban development secretary said.

Private builders will be involved in completing the housing projects, in exchange of which they will get land to develop high-end properties and sell them at market price. However, the prices of the stocks in individual projects for the middle and lower-income groups will be decided by the executing agencies such as BDA, CDA and the housing board.

Government sources said the houses for the economically weaker sections (monthly income below Rs 7,500) will automatically grow as every project with 2,000 square metre area has to compulsorily reserve 10% of the built-up space for the EWS category.



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Reply by Feb 9 on non-appointment of authority for registration of AAOs: Odisha HC – ET RealEstate

CUTTACK: The Orissa high court has set February 9 as deadline for the state government to give a reply on non-appointment of a competent authority for registration of Association of Apartment Owners required under the Odisha Apartment Ownership Act, 1982.

Initially, under the Odisha Apartment Ownership Act, 1982, the director of town planning, was appointed as competent authority under the Act. However, with the amendment of the Act in 2015, the power of director of town planning as the competent authority had ceased, and a new competent authority was to be appointed.

Dilip Kumar Jena, a resident of Kausatav apartment in Bhubaneswar’s Patia area had filed a petition seeking judicial intervention against the state government’s inaction in appointment of a competent authority since amendment of the Act five years ago.

When the petition was taken up for hearing through video conference on Monday, lawyer Mohit Agarwal appearing on behalf of the petitioner contended that not a single association of apartment owners in the state has been registered due to non-appointment of competent authority and an absolute vacuum-like situation is prevailing.

Taking note of it, the single judge bench of Justice S Pujahari issued notice to the state government and asked the state counsel to take instructions in the matter by February 9, the date fixed for next hearing.

According to the petition the amended provisions of the Odisha Apartment Ownership Act, 1982 prescribed formation of an association of apartment owners to undertake the maintenance and use and upkeep of common facilities in the apartment.

Accordingly, every association of apartment owners ought to have its bye-laws and the owners of the flat ought to subscribe to the said bye-laws. The bye-laws were to be submitted and registered with the competent authority so as to ensure compliance of the bye-laws.

The petition said the director of town planning had moved the principal secretary, housing and urban development department for appointment of the competent authority through a letter on April 15, 2017, but the same has not been complied with, the petition said.



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Around 1.4 lakh dwelling houses sanctioned for urban poor in Odisha – ET RealEstate

BHUBANESWAR: In a significant move towards providing dwelling houses to urban poor, a total number of 1,39,149 dwelling houses have been sanctioned for homeless persons in 114 towns and cities of Odisha under the Odisha Urban Housing Mission (OUHM).

This was known from the State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring (SLSM) committee meeting held via digital mode under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.

Reviewing the progress made so far, Development Commissioner Mohapatra directed the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to intensify Jaga mission activities in their respective areas.

Mohapatra said, “A house is the bare basic need of the urban poor and allotting a piece of homestead land to the landless will be an effective counter to urban poverty. Right over a piece of land, while enabling access of the urban poor under OUHM programmes will also add to their identity and self-dignity.”

Further, Mohapatra directed the Revenue and Disaster Management Department and ULBs to identify more patches of land and protect those from encroachment for bringing the dispersed houses to one place of resettlement so that they could be provided other basic services in a more organized manner.

The ULBs were also directed to identify the slum dwellers who can be allotted homestead land under forest rights act in urban areas.

Presenting the updates, Mission Director Suresh Chandra Dalai said, “So far 1,39,149 houses have been sanctioned in favour of urban poor families out of which 1,04,838 work orders have been issued.”

According to the Odisha Government, till now 54,034 houses have been completed and the rest are at different stages of construction.

Joint Director of the state government’s housing programme Sushant Mishra appraised that earlier around 7,000 housing units recommended by SLSM committee were sent to Government of India (GoI) for final approval.

With GoI approval, more than 15,273 new beneficiary households would get their own dwelling houses, he added.



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