As 200 illegal colonies razed, thousands lose homes in Gurugram & Faridabad – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: Anuj Kumar, who works in a departmental store in the city, recently bought a 50-sq-yard plot in Bhondsi and was planning to start the construction of his dream home. His dream was shattered last week after the department of town and country planning (DTCP) demolished under-construction buildings in the colony where he had bought a plot. Kumar then came to know that the colony was illegal.

β€œI had no idea that the colony was illegal and violated the norms. I had contacted the developer after I saw a pamphlet pasted on the boundary wall of a park. The price was around Rs 4.5 lakh,” he said.

Hari Kishan, who lived in an illegal colony in Khori village, lost his home when the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad carried out a razing drive there. β€œI have nowhere to go with my family. I had invested my life savings in making a house here, which was razed without any intimation,” he said.

Thousands of families like these have been rendered homeless and lost their savings in Gurgaon and Faridabad after their homes were demolished by various civic bodies since the lockdown. DTCP officials said demolition drives have been carried out in 200 illegal colonies in Gurgaon in the past five months. They said the developers of such colonies targeted families from the low-income group looking for small residential plots.

Nirmal Gorana of Working Peoples Charter, an NGO, said the eviction and demolition must be stopped immediately, and adequate measures should be taken to rehabilitate those affected. β€œAdequate and sustainable rehabilitation for the affected families in Gurgaon and Faridabad must be ensured before the threat of eviction is forced upon them,” he said. β€œA comprehensive rehabilitation and relocation policy that keeps the interests of the community at heart must be made at the central level,” he added.

The state government upgraded the registry mechanism and launched a software earlier this month to check irregularities in registries of land. The government has also uploaded details of agricultural land, where registry is not allowed without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from DTCP.

District town planner RS Batth told TOI an NOC from the department is required for registration deeds in villages that come under Section 7(1) of the Haryana Regulation and Development of Urban Areas Act, 1975. β€œThe system has been updated to check mushrooming of illegal colonies,” he said.

On the issue of the families who lost their homes, he said they were duped by property dealers and developers of illegal colonies. β€œWe have recommended the filing of FIRs against these property dealers and sought financial details from them,” Batth said.

RS Rathee, councillor of Ward No. 34, said many families which have lost their homes recently in demolition drives have approached him for help. β€œWe are trying to help and support them in all possible manner,” he said.

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Working women, widows from EWS to get rented flats on priority – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Persons belonging to SC, ST and OBC communities; widows, working women, divyang and minorities from economically weaker sections or low income groups will get preference in allotment of flats or dormitories under the affordable rental housing scheme.

The operational guidelines issued by the housing ministry for affordable rental housing complex (ARHC) scheme has suggested that monthly rental of Rs 3,000 could be financially viable in the case of renting out of government-funded flats in Delhi, which are largely in its outskirts and Rs 3,000 in Faridabad, Agra, Ludhiana and Ernakulam.

In order to make construction and operation of ARHCs a lucrative business model for investors, the guidelines say all private and public entities including land owners implementing this scheme for urban poor and migrants will get income tax and GST exemption on the profit they will make from this venture.

To begin with, 1.08 lakh completed houses will be rented out.

As per the guidelines, the private and public entities will also get loans at lower interest rates through concessional window under Affordable Housing Fund by housing finance companies and priority sector lending by commercial banks.

Moreover, state and local governments concerned shall follow a single window system for approvals within 30 days, after which the proposed project will be considered as deemed approved for construction. They would also provide necessary trunk infrastructure facilities such as roads, sanitation services, water, sewerage, drainage and electricity up to site without any additional cost to the private or government entity.

Projects only with at least 40 dwelling units or 120 dormitory beds will be eligible to get the benefit under ARHC. To ensure these projects are primarily meant for poor, there will be 33% cap on the number of double bedrooms in any project.

The housing ministry will provide grants of Rs 1 lakh per dwelling unit in case of double bedroom, Rs 60000 for single bedroom and Rs 20,000 per dormitory bed, if the listed entities adopt new technology for sustainable, resource efficient and disaster resilient construction.

“This landmark decision will ensure poor and migrant workers get a decent place for living,” said joint secretary (housing), Amrit Abhijat.

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