Jaipur development body’s four housing colonies draw huge response – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Despite economic slowdown because of the pandemic, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) received an overwhelming response for its four proposed housing schemes.

The civic body has received 33,569 applications against the proposed 1,229 plots in these four schemes named Gokul Nagar, APJ Abdul Kalam Nagar, Hiralal Shastri and Nilay Kunj Scheme.

The JDA will draw lotteries for these schemes on September 25. Out of the schemes, the JDA has received highest 22,441 applications for Gokul Nagar situated in Privthiraj Nagar, North-I. It is followed by APJ Abdul Kalam Nagar (5,125), Hiralal Shastri (3,833) and Nilay Kunj (2,144). Residents applying for plots can expect timely possession.

Like private developers, the JDA has registered two housing schemes under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Authority, Rajasthan, as per rules.

A senior town planner said, “Two colonies Hiralal Shastri Nagar and APJ Abdul Kalam Nagar have been registered under RERA as these have been launched for the first time. After remodelling, Nilay Kunj and Gokul Nagar schemes have been launched again. Since, these two schemes were developed earlier, it does not come under RERA ambit.”

Cash-strapped JDA is planning to mop-up Rs 450 crore by developing plots in the new housing schemes. To give facilities on time, administrative approval of approximately Rs 8 crore to carry out development works in all the schemes has been given in advance.

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Jaipur development body to issue lease deeds to commercial establishments – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) will issue lease deeds (patta) to commercial establishments situated on 21 major roads of the city. The pilot project will be start from Gopalpura Road.

These roads, including JLN Marg, Tonk Road, Sikar Road will be developed accordingly, after preparing a detailed development zonal plan.

An official said, “Commercial activities are already going on these major roads. The JDA will prepare a plan which will include parameters such as size of a shop, link road, parking, height and others. The decision was taken in the Building Plan Committee (BPC) and implementation would be done soon.”

The JDA plans to earn revenue of Rs 1,000 crore after issuing the lease deeds to these establishments. The cash-strapped JDA is finding out innovative ways to earn revenue as it is facing funds shortage to carry out development works.

An official source said, “JDA is desperate to earn revenue as it has to pay approximately Rs 30 crore installments against the loan taken from National Capital Regional Planning Board for Dravyawati River and Railway over-bridge. Moreover, it has to carry out several new projects including civil lines RoB, Govind Marg elevated road etc,” said a source

The JDA has taken loans totalling Rs 2,250 crore from NCRPB for the city’s major projects. The JDA sought funds from the Centre for ROBs and the elevated road.

With the real estate market facing a slump, the situation in (JDA) too looks grim due to fund shortage. With less than Rs 65 crore in the authority’s account, the development of the city in near future looks bleak. In financial year 2020-2021, the JDA has proposed to earn Rs 1,500 crore after auctioning land. However, seeing the market condition it looks nearly impossible to achieve the target.

A JDA official said, “The fixed expenses such as remuneration of employees and payment of contractors are high. We have also invited tenders for many civil works for road patch work, drainage, gardens etc. The work will be taken on priority basis.”

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Districts in Rajasthan must ensure every house under PMAY-G has a toilet – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: The rural development department ACS (additional chief secretary) Rohit Kumar Singh has directed the collectors to ensure that every house built under PMAY-G should have a toilet, built under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), and not a single eligible family should be left behind. Currently, according the department data, around 2 lakh eligible families/households are yet get toilets.

The CAG report had found several deficiencies in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) in the state.

Among the sample completed houses, 31.02% houses remain vacant or are being used for non-residential purposes while 49.15% houses have no toilets despite the state being declared open defecation free (ODF), said the report.

“When the CAG report was prepared, around 12.79 lakh families were without toilets in Rajasthan even as they were eligible for it under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). In the last one-and-a-half year, of the total 12.79 lakh families, toilets have been built for over 10.7 lakh families. Now, only 2 lakh families are left behind,” said rural development special secretary P C Kishan.

“The concept of LOB (left out of baseline) and NOLB (no one left behind) was also not there during that time. We could not build their toilets/give them incentives during that time as they were not categorized in the baseline. It was introduced later,” he added.

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No space for green cover in Jaipur residential colonies – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: At a time when the green cover in the state capital is declining, private colonisers and housing cooperative societies are developing plots on areas earmarked to grow trees.

Many such cases have surfaced in the state’s biggest scheme, the Privthiraj Nagar (PRN) in Jaipur, where around 900 colonies have been developed on 11,700 bigha of land. Out of greed, many colonizers developed plots even on facility areas and sold those off.

Giraj Singh, president of PRN Samiti, said, “Colonies in PRN are developed in 70:30 ratio (70% houses, 30% facility area). The facility areas include roads, parks, community halls, water tank, etc. Since, no land is left in PRN, the JDA is developing only roads in the name of facility area. Around 95% space for green cover has been utilised for purposes. For example, now a police station will be developed on a land identified for park,” he said.

Not only PRN, colonies developed by the housing societies are facing the same situation. Rajat Goyal, resident of Veer Vihar, said, “The size of the proposed park is reduced drastically by the developer. The area will be deprived of appropriate green cover in future,” he said.

With this, target to achieve mandatory 20% green cover required as per the Master Plan 2025 looks impossible. At present, the city has only 11.39 % of its area under green cover which falls woefully short.

Vishnu Lamba, renowned as Treeman of India, says, “The private colonisers are violating the high court norms as they are developing a colony without earmarking space for parks or greenbelts. This is a grim situation and civic agencies should not regularise colony if there is no park facility for residents. No trees in a colony would lead to a grim future,” he added.

Many believe that plantation in colonies is an effective way to increase trees as residents can protect and guard them. Moreover, the JDA’s plan to develop woodland parks failed to take off.

A source said, “Shortage of green cover occurred as JDA shelved many projects over a period of time. To restore the ecological balance, the JDA had proposed to plant trees on empty lands and project was name as Woodland. However, it was shelved in absence of land availability,” he said.

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