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: Only 10 out of 78 commercial buildings have fire NOC – ET RealEstate

AHMEDABAD: Many private premises in Gandhinagar are flouting fire safety rules or ignoring timely renewal of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department.

This has come to the notice of the state administration that has been conducting intensive checks in the state capital for the past couple of days. Of the 78 private commercial premises that were checked, only 10 had fire NOC, and 68 were running without it.

Gandhinagar is a developing city and new commercial buildings are coming up in addition to the older ones. Interestingly, neither older nor newer buildings have fire NOC in the city area. Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation has formed nine teams with two members each, one from the fire department and the other from town planning to inspect the commercial buildings.

Shockingly, only 10 of the 78 buildings checked had fire safety NOC. Many of them did not even have fire equipment or fire safety systems installed. Several buildings had fire systems installed but did not bother to renew their expired fire NOC.

Talking about the inspections, fire officer Mahesh Modh told Mirror, “Our check is ongoing and we will submit our consolidated report once it is over. However, it has been observed that many buildings have fire systems installed, but have not bothered to renew their NOC. Others have systems installed, but not maintained them at all.”

It shows the negligence of the administration. They are playing with the lives of the citizens.Shailendrasinh Bihola, Leader of Opposition, GMC

The list of buildings without fire safety include commercial buildings in Sector 6, Sector 11, Infocity mall, Sector 21 and commercial units around ST depot. Highly placed sources in the fire department also confirmed that the commercial buildings have also received notices regarding the same, but they have hardly bothered about it. Talking about the violation, opposition leader in the corporation Shailendrasinh Bihola told Mirror, “It shows the negligence of the administration. They are playing with the lives of the citizens.”Gyms in the city have been found out to be the biggest defaulters, according to fire officers. Twelve gyms in the city did not have required fire equipment or even fire NOC. Many of them were found to be running in a shed on top of the building or in the basement with very little ventilation.

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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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