NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate multi-storeyed flats, which have come in place of old bungalows, here for members of Parliament on November 23 via video-conferencing.
A PMO statement on Saturday said that these flats are located at Dr B D Marg in the national capital. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct these 76 flats.
The construction of these flats has been completed with savings of about 14 per cent from the sanctioned cost and without time overrun despite the impact of COVID-19, it added.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will also be present during the inauguration.
The statement said several green building initiatives have been incorporated in the construction, including bricks made from fly ash and construction and demolition waste, double glazed windows for thermal insulation and energy efficiency, energy efficient LED light fittings, occupancy based sensors for light control, air conditioners with VRV system for low power consumption, low flow fixtures for conservation of water, rainwater harvesting system and rooftop solar plant.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the physical distribution of property cards under SVAMITVA scheme, saying the move will make rural India “self-reliant”.
“The beneficiaries now will have a right, a legal document of owning their houses. The country has taken another major step towards an AtmaNirbhar Bharat, as this scheme helps in making rural India self-reliant,” Modi said at the video conference event.
The PM said 100,000 beneficiaries from Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been handed over the legal papers of their houses and promised to give such property cards to every household in the next three-four years in every village of the country.
Sunday also marked the birth anniversaries of social reformers and politicians Jai Prakash Narayan and Nana ji Deshmukh, whose portraits were visible in the background as Modi spoke.
“The birth anniversary of these two great men did not just fall on the same date, rather their struggle and ideals were also similar. Both Nananji and JP fought their entire lives for empowerment of rural India and the poor,” he said. Modi went on recall Nanaji’s words that “when people of the village remain trapped in disputes, neither they will be able to develop themselves nor the society”.
Taking on the opposition, Modi said that those who do not want farmers to become self-reliant are having problems with the reforms in the agricultural sector.
“An unprecedented level of development has taken place in the villages in the last six years which has not happened in the last seven decades of independence. Villagers in the past six years have got benefits like having a bank account, getting electricity connection, access to toilets, getting gas connection, having a pucca house and having piped drinking water. A major campaign to connect every village in the country with optical fiber is also going on at a fast pace,” the PM said.
Modi said ownership of land and house plays a big role in the development of the country. “When there is a record of property, citizens gain confidence and new avenues of investment open. Loan is easily available from the bank on record of property, employment and self-employment avenues open. But the difficulty is that today only one-third of the population in the world has a record of their property legally. The property card will clear the way to buy and sell property without any dispute for the villagers,” the PM said.
BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the average time of building a house under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY-Gramin) came down to 45 to 60 days during the pandemic from 125 days as migrants, who returned home during the lockdown, also contributed towards it.
He said under the PMAY, 18 lakh houses have been constructed in the country during the coronavirus period.
Modi also called for the need to strengthen the poor in order to end poverty.
He was speaking at the virtual housewarming ceremony of 1.75 houses built in rural parts of Madhya Pradesh under the PMAY scheme.
“The speed with which these houses were constructed is a record. The construction of a house under the PMAY used to take an average of 125 days earlier. But in the coronavirus period, the average time taken for it came down to 45 to 60 days. This is an example of turning a crisis into an opportunity,” he said.
“This has become possible as the migrants who returned home during the coronavirus-induced lockdown also joined the work and availed benefits of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, under which Rs 23,000 crore have been spent on infrastructure and other works,” he said.
The migrants returned home, got employment under this campaign and this expenditure also helped the construction- related businesses, he added.
“This campaign has helped the rural economy,” he said.
On the occasion, the prime minister interacted with some of the beneficiaries of the project.
While interacting with Pyarelal Yadav from Singrauli, Modi said, “For removing poverty, it is important to strengthen the poor and this scheme has developed self- confidence in them so that they can sleep peacefully in their house at the end of the day after toiling hard.”
Son of Gulab Singh from Dhar district’s Amjhera village told Modi that he constructed his house with the collective efforts of his villagers, who contributed voluntarily for it.
The masons and laboureres, who were rendered jobless due to lockdown, worked for them free of cost, he said.
When Narendra Namdeo of Bhitarwar in Gwalior district praised the PM for his government’s decision to nullify Article 370 and triple talaq, Modi asked him in a lighter vein whether he was planning to contest elections considering his knowledge about several issues.
Namdeo’s wife thanked Modi for providing a house, a gas connection and a toilet to them and invited him to visit their home, which Modi accepted.
GURUGRAM: Residents of Ambience Lagoon Apartments have now written to PM Narendra Modi against the state government’s bill to allow the department of town and country planning (DTCP) to delicense any plot of land.
Residents said delicensing will lead to conversion of green areas around housing complexes, as well as children’s playgrounds, into commercial areas.
In the letter, residents said this one action of Haryana assembly will destroy the public’s trust in the government. They have requested PM Modi’s intervention before the Governor gives his assent to the bill.
Ambience Lagoon Island Residential Complex originally had an area of 19 acres. “After the apartments were built and sold, the builder got around eight acres of our land delicensed, where they built the Ambience Mall, offices and a hotel. The builder later took away another four acres and built a commercial tower,” said MN Chopra, a resident.
On July 10, the Punjab and Haryana high court had quashed the delicensing orders on the ground that delicensing is not permitted in Haryana and directed the CBI to investigate the Ambience Lagoon case.
Sanjay Lal, a resident, said: “The state Assembly moved at an alarming speed and brought in an legislation on August 26 making a provis-ion that the DTCP has the powers to delicense any plot of land and that too from the year 1976 onwards.”
“I bought a flat in the society in 2002. The builder had advertised a lagoon in the brochure and I was told that my flat would have a view of the lagoon. The barsati nallah (stormwater drain) was supposed to be the lagoon,” said Poonam Sood, who also lives in the society.
“But the builder, in connivance with the authorities, built a mall over it. This has resulted in the city being flooded during the monsoon, as the natural water channel has been blocked by the builder. In order to whitewash their wrongdoings, the government has allowed delicensing,” she added.
The cost of the land was included in the rate of the flats and the buyers also paid the external development charges. “This means that we are the co-owners of the land on which the mall has been built,” Sood said.
The move will also have widespread ramifications on the environment and quality of life, residents alleged.
“The new bill is a sign of desperation to somehow regularise every illegal act by a builder committed in collusion with statutory authorities. With the government’s move, any of our green areas could be turned into commercial or residential blocks in the future,” said Kavita Roy, another resident.