Jaipur: 10 years on, Amrit Kunj plot owners to get alternate land – ET RealEstate

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JAIPUR: Nearly after a decade several plot owners of Amrit Kunj Housing Scheme will receive their plots in another scheme. The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has decided to allot plots to successful allottees in another scheme named Amirt Kunj-2 in zone-12.

The Amrit Kunj scheme on Kalwar Road was stalled after negligent JDA developed the scheme in the catchment area of Bandi river. Due to this, 733 successful allottees could not receive possession of their plots.

AN official said, “The new scheme will be developed on 100 bighas of land. The JDA has reserved four parks in the scheme. The nod has been given to scheme in the recent meeting.”

The JDA developed the previous scheme on 151 bighas of land in 2010. In the scheme, 1,417 plots were developed, out of which allotments were made for 1,182. The remaining corner plots were held back for auction.

An official said, “As colony was falling under the catchment area, 733 plot owners were not provided with allotment.”

The Amrit Kunj scheme was in some controversy since its inception. The JDA was forced to re-plan the layout after facing a strong protest from the nearby villagers and NGOs.

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Jaipur development body colonies lack basic amenities even after years – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: In the absence of demarcation and facilities, many people who have purchased the plots in colonies either developed or approved by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) are unable to construct their houses.

According to JDA records, there are 134 colonies approved or developed by it after 2013. In these colonies , nearly 38,000 plots have been developed including Economic Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG). However, even after 7 years, most of the colonies wear a deserted look in the absence of facilities.

Waqim Khan, who purchased a plot in Deendayal Nagar zone-12, feels cheated as even after eight years, the JDA has not even demarcated the roads after receiving the entire amount.

He said, “There is no demarcation on the ground. It is difficult to identify the location of my own plots. In such a scenario, the buyers can neither sell or construct houses on the plots. After lottery was drawn, successful allottees deposited the money on time. However, on the ground, there is zero development.”

Sudha Kumawat, who is facing a similar plight after purchasing a plot in same colony said, “We have submitted several applications at JDA for carrying out demarcation and constructing the roads at least to reach our plots. But, our plea remain unheard till date.”

Due to absence of electricity and water, habitation in these colonies appears to be a distant dream.

In the past, the JDA launched many housing schemes to fill its coffers. However, this money has not been spent on developing these colonies.

Since these schemes were promoted by the JDA, many bought land even though the reserve price of some bigger plots was higher in comparison to the market price. Many also ignored the fact that these colonies were situated places faraway from the city.

An official source said the JDA can only start colonies in far-flung areas after seeking no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the water and electricity departments. “Both these departments have locked horns with JDA over the development charge issue. Also, these departments claim the colonies are faraway and it is not feasible to provide water or electricity as huge capital is required to develop infrastructure,” the official said.

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Rajasthan housing department fixes norms to ensure homes for poor – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: The urban development and housing (UDH) department has tightened its noose around those developers who are hesitant to provide houses to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG) in their schemes as per the mandatory norms.

Now, it will not be easy for developers in the state to not construct houses for the EWS and LIG in their schemes. As per the township policy rules, builders or developers launching a group housing scheme or high-rises must construct houses for EWS and LIG categories. Till date, no project has been cancelled and developers who have defaulted have not initiated construction.

Sources said, developers had shown apprehension to construct houses for the poor on premium land and in schemes. Following this, relaxation was provided to construct houses for EWS and LIG category on some other project land. However, many have not adhered to the policy. After the new rules, developers cannot construct EWS and LIG houses at distant locations.

An official said, the civic body provides relaxation in land conversion, building map approval and other charges to developers for constructing houses for EWS and LIG category. In return, the private builders have to develop schemes and invite applications through lottery in the presence of representatives of local bodies. “If a developer was constructing apartments in a posh locality, then he would provide houses to EWS and LIG sections in far-flung areas. However, as per new rules, it would be mandatory to provide houses in 800 metre periphery of the main project,” said the official.

After receiving several complaints, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) also constituted a panel of chartered accountants to audit the houses and plots constructed under various provisions of the Chief Minister Jan Awaas Yojana.

The zone commissioners were directed to monitor the houses and plots constructed under the scheme. Strict rules were framed after it was observed that many developers are not constructing houses.

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Jaipur: Commercial area in proposed heritage city to be reduced – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: After receiving objections and suggestions from the public, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is likely to revise the layout plan of the proposed heritage city on Agra road.

Re-planning is on cards to reduce the commercial area to 10%, which was earlier earmarked upto 50% of the heritage city, proposed to be developed on the lines of the Walled City.

An official said, “If the proposal gets nod, commercial activities in the proposed scheme can be developed on the 80 feet road. In the present blueprint provision, these establishments can come up on 40 feet road.”

Sources said the committee constituted for public hearing also recommended the proposal. In such a circumstance, the JDA will have to amend the planning of the proposed heritage city. “The final decision will be taken by UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal. However, in the coming years, multi-functional zone is a better option and JDA should not make amendments in the layout,” said a source.

As per initial plan, in the proposed heritage city, 50 per cent of minimum area has been reserved for major economic activities. Similarly, maximum 47% of the area will be fixed for residential. “A list of 161 commercial activities was proposed in scheme. The size of the scheme is 10 square-kilometre. The JDA will only monitor the parameters fixed for the scheme, while construction will be done by the individual plot owners.”

The draft reads, “The historic Walled City of Jaipur is based on grid iron pattern, where there is a juxtaposition of various activities and uses both vertically and horizontally, which creates a unique culture and lifestyle for the inhabitants. Thus, the Walled city is a mixed land use city. The proposed Heritage City was also envisaged with same mixture of uses and activities.”

It has also been proposed all buildings have to be constructed as per traditional design, style and order of Walled City. Rajasthani architectural elements of Jaipur style like arches, jharokhas, bay windows, columns, chajjas and brackets shall be used as elevational elements of the building.

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