Ground work for light house project begins in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: The state urban development department formally kicked-off the ground work for the implementation of the Centre’s ambitious light house project, an affordable housing for urban poor under PM Awas Yojana in Ranchi’s Jagarnathpur area on Tuesday amid heavy security cover.

The project remained stalled since its foundation stone laying ceremony in January this year owing to heavy protests by locals, who under the banner of HEC Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti blocked the works on many occasions in the last six months, fearing displacement.

However, after officials in the ministry of housing and urban affairs recently threatened state urban development department of stalling funds for PM housing projects (urban) recently, authorities swung into action.

Since morning, the Ranchi district administration pressed over 200 policemen, including magistrates, at the project site to facilitate uninterrupted recommencement of the ground work for the project. JVS Narayan Rao, director municipal administration in the state urban development department, along with her team too was present on the occasion.

She said, “We began soil testing from today and work on barricading the site to bar unauthorised entry is being set up. We have started work on this project now and if all goes well, we shall be able to finish it in stipulated timeframe.”

“Originally, the project was set to be completed within 12 months after the foundation stone-laying ceremony. However, protests coupled with Covid-19 pandemic delayed it at least by six months now,” said sources.

Under this project, 1,008 flats are to be constructed at the 7.5-acre earmarked land for economically weaker section of society whose annual income is up to Rs 3 lakh per year. The total cost of the project is around Rs 133 crore. Once ready, flats will be given to identified beneficiaries, said officials. Centre will invest Rs 5 lakh from its coffers for each flat, while state government will provide Rs 1 lakh. Beneficiaries will have to bear the remaining Rs 6.5 lakh on their own.

Meanwhile, a delegation of HEC Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samity on Monday met with Poriyahat MLA Pradeep Yadav seeking his help to stall the project at the identified site. Mintu Paswan, convenor of the outfit, said that they aren’t against the project but are fighting to save the only available open ground in their area. Talking to TOI yesterday, he said that high rise will rob children in the area proper playground and many also fear mass displacement.

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Land plots to have unique identification number soon: Jharkhand CM – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: All land plots of Jharkhand will soon have a unique identification number (UIN), chief minister Hemant Soren said on the floor of the state Assembly on Thursday.

Soren, while responding to a call attention motion moved by BJP’s Khunti MLA Neelkanth Singh Munda, said 30 devices for measuring and identifying land plots (domestic and commercial) are being installed statewide. “This is a time-consuming process and we will be able to provide concrete information to the House in the next session,” he added.

Munda had moved the call attention motion to draw the government’s notice to the anomalies and the delay being faced by owners in registering their plots and their mutation. Conceding to Munda’s motion, Soren said the problem has persisted since the days of undivided Bihar.

Soren also announced that the government will take up household surveys and conduct a feasibility study to ascertain whether there is a need to constitute new blocks. At present, Jharkhand has 260 blocks. Soren’s reply was to a call attention motion by JMM’s Borio MLA Lobin Hembrom.

Earlier in the day, state social welfare minister Joba Manjhi was cornered by BJP’s Godda MLA Amit Kumar Mandal over the non-payment of widow pension amount to beneficiaries since January this year. Mandal, in his starred question, sought to know when did the government intend to raise the pension amount to Rs 2,500 from Rs 1,000, as had been promised by JMM in its 2019 assembly poll manifesto.

Manjhi denied the poll promise, stating no such promise was made. “Our party had promised to raise the pension amount, but it was not specified,” she said. To this, BJP lawmakers raised the pitch and accused the government of betraying the trust of Jharkhand’s people. Ranchi MLA C P Singh said: “The JMM is turning back on its poll promises.”

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Prime Minister to launch housing project in Ranchi on January 1 – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: In a New Year gift for Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually lay the foundation of the Centre’s ambitious Light House Project (LHP), which will be set up on 75-acre land in Ranchi’s Dhurwa area to accommodate 1,008 families of the economically weaker section.

LHP, conceptualized to offer affordable housing for the poor with the state-of-the-art construction process along with global technologies and facilities, is being launched in six different cities across the country under the Global Housing Technology Challenge. The project is part of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) but the only difference is that LHP would use the latest technology.

Governor Droupadi Murmu and chief minister Hemant Soren will also take part in the online foundation laying ceremony of the project, which will be constructed using NAVARITIH (new, affordable, validated, research innovation technologies for Indian housing).

Director (municipal administration) of the state urban development department, Vijaya Jadhav, said, “The idea is to use advanced technology for building houses that don’t just withstand the vagaries of weather but are also made of environment-friendly materials as much as possible. In Ranchi, we will be using pre-cast concrete and prefabricated materials for building the houses, which will also help us in finishing the project in record time.”

Informing that the total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 133.99 crore, Jadhav said, “We have roped in M/s SGC Magicrete LLP, a Mumbai-based firm for construction of the houses. Building Materials Technology and Promotion Council (BMTPC), a PSU, will provide technical assistance for this project.” Rao said.

She added, “The size of each house will be 315 sqft and will have one hall, a bedroom, one kitchen, a balcony and one toilet. There will be water and power facilities in the building complex along with high-speed elevators, community park, parking space for four and two-wheelers. The cost will be borne for the Centre and the state along with some share of the beneficiary.”

The department is targeting to finish the project in one year. Any person, whose annual income is Rs 3 lakh or below would be eligible to get these houses. Besides Ranchi, the foundation stone in the first phase will be laid in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Agartala (Tripura) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).

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Dhanbad: Failed land acquisition led to only one of many proposed townships – ET RealEstate

DHANBAD: Although Belgaria is better known as a rehabilitation township for the families living in Jharia affected by underground fire, it is just one of the five colonies in Baliapur block that were proposed to be developed to shift the 1.04 lakh affected families.

Further, as per the master plan, apart from Baliapur block, three townships were to come up at Baghmara block for non-BCCL families and another at Nirsa block to shift both BCCL and non-BCCL families.

However, delay in the process of acquiring land due to the unwillingness of the owners to part with their plots over the failure of the government to provide higher rates slowed the rehabilitation process and left the authorities with space crunch.

Some steps were initiated to transfer around 950 acre land owned by Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) in Mukunda area of Baliapur in 2013 and to acquire 468.3 acre land in 2015 in six different places across the district as per the urgency provision of Land Acquisition for Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013, but the process could not be completed due to procedural and legal hurdles.

Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority’s (JRDA) initiative to acquire land apart from Belgaria started with the effort to acquire 120 acre raiyati land in Nipania Mauza of Baliarpur block, 4km from Belgaria Township. The authority also tried to acquire Dokra and Sabaigara areas (300 acre) in Baliapur but the process could not be completed.

In 2013, a fresh effort to develop another colony on a 950-acre land of BCCL in Mukunda area was initiated. BCCL gave its NOC to JRDA to construct houses, but the process met a legal wall as construction without transfer of land was not possible. The land was also located near the fire-hit areas of Jharia.

JRDA in 2014 issued a tender to construct 400 temporary tenements on a 3.26 hectare land of reclaimed mines, but the process was later shelved as during the scientific and technical viability study, the durability of the sites for constructing houses could not be justified.

In 2015, faced with the emergency situation of subsidence and gas emission, JRDA tried to speed up the process of land acquisition under the urgency provision of Land Acquisition for Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, but the state government later didn’t agree to pay the higher rate.

On being contacted, former Dhanbad deputy commissioner Amit Kumar said, “With the increase in the height of the buildings, land requirement has decreased. We will also get 800 quarters built by BCCL that will further reduce our land requirement for the rehabilitation.”

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