Mohali: GMADA to exclude land price; to charge only construction cost for EWS flats – ET RealEstate

MOHALI: The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) will charge only the construction cost for flats to be given to the economically weaker section (EWS) and will exclude the land cost. The economically weaker section (EWS) housing policy has been rolled out after the Punjab cabinet approved the policy.

In total, Gmada will construct 22,000 flats for the EWS, for which the authority has already acquired 230 acres of land for the project. A detailed project report has already been prepared by Gmada.

Gmada chief administrator (CA) Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said, “The project has been rolled after a nod from Punjab cabinet. The detailed project report is also ready and the estimate cost of the project is being calculated. We are waiting for the policy to be notified to start the construction.”

Gmada took 230 acres of land from 46 builders at various sectors five years ago as part of the economically weaker section (EWS) housing policy, but the authority has failed to build 22,000 housing units, leaving the poor in the lurch.

According to the sources, Gmada will initially build houses in four townships on about 54 acres of land i.e. 13.49 acres in Aerocity, 17.48 acres in IT city, 3.60 acres in Eco-City I and 20.17 acres in Eco-City II. As many as seven houses will be built with four floors, including ground floor, on about one acre of land. The house will be sold to the poor at Rs 10 lakh per house.

According to the policy papers, these houses would be constructed in reasonably-sized pockets, along with social infrastructure, such as schools, community centres and dispensaries, at convenient locations to ensure comfortable living for the beneficiaries.

The houses would be constructed with the latest brickless technology. They will be offered to eligible families, who will be financed by banks at affordable monthly installment rates.

The family income of the EWS beneficiary should not be more than Rs 3 lakh per annum from all sources, as revised by the Government of India or Government of Punjab from time-to-time.

Eligible applicants will have to furnish proof of birth in Punjab or 10 years’ stay in the state from the date of application such as Aadhaar card, copy of ration card, extract of voter list, copy of driving licence, passport etc.

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Mohali development body to hold draw for 289 plots at Eco-City II on Feb 22 – ET RealEstate

MOHALI: The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) will hold draw for 289 residential plots at Eco City-II, New Chandigarh, on February 22. To promote its schemes, Gmada gives preference to woman and senior citizens to opt for the scheme.

Sharing the details, an official spokesperson of Gmada said the list of applicants, who will be eligible to take part in the draw, has already been uploaded on the website and the draw of lots will be held on February 22 at the community centre, Purab Premium Apartments, Sector 88, Mohali at 11am.

He said results of the draw will be uploaded on the official website of Gmada on February 23, 2021. Notably, Gmada had offered residential plots of 200 sq yards, 300 sq yards, 400 sq yards, 450 sq yards, 500 sq yards, 1,000 sq yards and 2,000 sq yards plots.

Tapping all sections of society, Gmada has now come up to offer preference to senior citizens and women for allotment of residential plots in its new scheme. It has announced plans to come up with 289 plots at Eco City-II in New Chandigarh.

A senior officer of Gmada said, “The scheme is favorable for those who do not own any flat or housing plots or any such housing property anywhere in his or her name. Preference has been given to senior citizens above the age of 60 years and women applicants. We have ensured that the plots are in close proximity to Medicity, where senior citizens can get immediate medical assistance. The plots will be a few km away from the PGI, which is also another advanced medical facility.”

Gmada has kept reserve price of Rs 1.25 crore each for 40 plots measuring 500 square yards with earnest money of Rs 12.5 lakh, 63 residential plots of 1,000 square yards each for Rs 2.5 crore and with earnest money of Rs 25 lakh, residential plots measuring 2,000 square yards for Rs 5 crore with earnest money of Rs 50 lakh.

It has also offered smaller area plots, measuring 450 square yards, with reserve price of Rs 1.125 crore for five number plots having earnest money of Rs 11.24 lakh, five number plots measuring 400 square yards with reserve price of Rs one crore having earnest money of Rs 10 lakh, 150 plots measuring 300 square yards with reserve price of Rs 75 lakh having earnest money of Rs 7.5 lakh and 20 plots measuring 200 square yards with reserve price of Rs 50 lakh having earnest money of Rs 5 lakh.

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Mohali: Police-public meetings organised to boost tenant verification – ET RealEstate

BY: Piyush Sarna

MOHALI: Police-public meetings are on in the district to boost tenant verification, encourage use of internal security apps, and gather ground intelligence against crime.

Superintendent of police (rural) Ravjot Kaur Grewal conducts these meetings under the supervision of SSP Satinder Singh. Held at a Zirakpur resort, the first meeting on December 17 had an attendance of 300 people, representing 180 resident welfare associations (RWAs).

SP Ravjot Kaur said: “Mohali is developing, urbanising, and growing, so the trust between its police and communities should be strong. We hope that these meetings will make community policing popular, and police-public partnership will be able to respond to complex situations.”

The cops have asked the RWAs to sign up their members for tenant verification. The SP said: “We also plan to make an app for the RWAs to let them know whether the tenant verifications were accepted or not.” Since flats and large housing societies are developing rapidly in Mohali, the district police have appealed to the residents to start using the internal security apps of respective housing societies.

The cops want the residents to know their neighbours, regular vendors, and visitors. “This is a way to empower society,” said Ravjot Kaur, adding: “Ground intelligence will help us solve crimes. Residents should report anything unusual they observe in their area.”

The second meeting in Kharar had a participation of 79 RWAs. Senior superintendent of police Satinder Singh told TOI: “We are in touch with the district’s security-providing agencies. They charge so much from the housing societies but their guards do little besides noting down names in the visitors’ book. We will tell them about their other duties.”

In his first interview after joining, the SSP had invited the Mohali residents to be the eyes and ears of the Mohali police in order to reduce the crime rate.

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Vigilance department checks Purab Premium Apartments in Mohali – ET RealEstate

MOHALI: A team of the Punjab vigilance department inspected the Purab Premium Apartments here on Thursday. The project of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) is under scanner for its poor workmanship.

The vigilance team visited after residents’ association lodged a complaint with the Punjab chief minister, alleging poor infrastructure and civic amenities, and use of sub-standard material that was not in accordance with specifications in the brochure.

The vigilance team, comprising executive engineer Suresh Kumar, DSP Harwinderpal Singh and supporting staff, conducted the check.

The residents’ association has been fighting for their rights for the past many years and complaining of faulty structure and workmanship. General secretary of the association Harbhajan Singh said, “The project, which was to come up on 117 acres, was actually built on only 37 acres and the prime location was sold to a private builder at a hefty price of about Rs 200 crore. Gmada not only failed to complete the project in time, but also compromised with the quality. It was announced that all the defects will be removed by September 2016 after directions from Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, but nothing has been done till now.”

Gmada failed to comply with the orders of the CM and the residents were feeling cheated, said Parwinder Singh, treasurer of the association.

In July 2018, a team constituted by Gen B S Dhaliwal, technical adviser to the Punjab CM, had visited the apartments to probe the allottees’ allegations of poor construction. Dhaliwal constituted two teams of public health, electricity and civil engineering to probe the anomalies. Thereafter, the matter was handed over to the vigilance department for a parallel inquiry.

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