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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Now, Jaipur development body’s nod must to put up gates on colony roads – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Giving relief to city residents, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) on Friday decided to remove colony gates on sector roads which are over 60-ft wide and not to allow residential welfare societies to put up gates without the permission of zone commissioners.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the traffic control board, in which the officials of JDA, JMC, transport department and traffic board participated.

In a four-part series from February 6 to 9, TOI had published articles on inconveniences caused by colony gates to the public and traffic, the high-handed behaviour of residential welfare societies and problems faced by common people.

JDA enforcement in-charge Raghuveer Saini said that the decisions were taken after listening to the complaints of residents. “We opened 59 colony gates recently. There are many who support gates as they are a form of security. We have regularised them and decided that the gates will be operated by resident welfare associations. They can keep the gates closed from 11am to 5am. Security guards will have to be appointed and one gate has to be kept open at night for the convenience of people.

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Jaipur: Vacant flats for poor to be given on rent – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Flats constructed for the slum dwellers in the city will now be given on rent to others as none of the dwellers have shown any interest in shifting to these houses.

Around 1,968, flats were developed in Jaisinghpura Khor Block A&C for Kacchi Basti dwellers and were asked by the government to give their consent that they are ready to shift in writing.

None of the slum dwellers, however, applied in Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), Heritage, reacting to which now those flats will be given on rent to other companies or individuals. The decision of not applying to the JMC, Heritage for flats will have difficult consequences on slum dwellers as now they have lost the right to be provided an accommodation by the government while authorities can remove them from the land whenever they want.

A senior official of JMC, Heritage, on condition of anonymity said, “Slum dwellers were given time and they didn’t submit their consent and now they have lost the right to get accommodation. The land they are currently residing will be considered as encroachment. Proceedings are on and in a recent meeting at RUDISCO, it has been decided that all the vacant properties constructed under various schemes in the state will now be given under Affordable Rental Housing Complex (ARHC) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.”

The decision was taken to make these houses useful for others who are not able to afford houses in the city instead of waiting for others to shift.

The flats at Jaisinghpura Khor were constructed by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), hence it was decided that it will be inviting proposals for rent. Very soon, the file will be sent to make these properties available on rent. According to the minutes of the meeting held in RUDISCO, it was mentioned that of the total 11,772 flats in Rajasthan, 7,095 are unoccupied and 4,677 are under-construction.

Out of 15 cities mentioned in Rajasthan, 5,234 houses are unoccupied in Jaipur, highest in the state. In 324 cities of the country, over 1.19 lakh houses are lying vacant constructed under various schemes for affordable housing for the poor.

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Jaipur development body miserably fails in providing EWS & LIG houses – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has miserably failed in providing houses to economic weaker section (EWS) and lower income group (LIG) under the Chief Minister Jan Awas Yojana.

In the past five years, the civic body was able to provide possession to only 991 affordable houses as against approved 44,900 houses in more than 65 schemes. As per JDA records, more than 15,000 flats of EWS/LIG category are under construction and will be allotted soon. The work in 69 multi-storied housing schemes is in progress. Similarly, plots will be allotted in 15 housing colonies.

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 of the benefits, the private developers have to develop schemes and invite applications by lottery in the presence of representative of local bodies. “Around 36,000 affordable houses are proposed to be constructed in private schemes and 7,500 houses in JDA colonies. JDA is planning to impose late fee on the developers who have not completed the construction,” said an official.

Sources said, in a recent meeting the zone commissioners were also directed to monitor the houses and plots constructed under the Chief Minister Jan Awaas Yojana. However, report of 19 schemes is still pending.

As per the township policy rules, builders or developers launching group housing schemes or high-rises have to construct houses for EWS and LIG category. Till date, no project has been cancelled or penalty has been imposed on developers who have not initiated construction.

Sources said, “Developers had shown apprehension to construct houses for poor on premium land and 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. But no action was taken,” he said.

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