Pune: Affordable housing lottery winners’ response poor – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Only 240 winners of the online lottery conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for allotment of apartments under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana have paid the 10% advance necessary for the purchase of flats till the November 23 deadline.

As many as 2,918 people had qualified during the online draw conducted by the civic administration in October. The PMC had received over 20,000 applications for the lottery.

A PMC official said 1,500 beneficiaries had collected challans from its office, but were yet to transfer the amount. “The civic administration had sent letters to the winners and told them to make the payment. We have told those on the waiting list to apply for the houses. They would be allotted the units, if the winners failed to complete the process by the end of Monday,” the official said.

The PMC had conducted the lottery for allotment of houses in five projects for the urban poor in areas such as Kharadi, Hadapsar and Wadgaon.

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Too few takers for PMAY houses in Pune as beneficiaries fight financial distress – ET RealEstate

PUNE: A month after Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) announced beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), only 241of the 2,900 named have completed the booking process for their new homes. Most of the others are struggling to cough up the initial 10 per cent amount they’re required to, to do the booking.

But now, the deadline for paying up is upon them, with the civic body officials insisting that beyond November 23, the allotment will be cancelled as other waitlisted candidates will then be given an opportunity to get the affordable houses under the scheme.

As it happens, the application for the housing scheme under which PMC is to build 2,900 houses at five different locations in the city, was collected almost two years ago. However, it was only a month ago the beneficiaries were picked through a lottery system.

In a clear reflection of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s economic status, only 1,500 of the people selected collected the challan for making the initial deposit. Job losses, pay cuts and loss of livelihood all around have tied down the beneficiaries from claiming the allotment come their way.

Thirty-six-year-old Deepali Chavan, who, interestingly, works as a clerk at the very same PMAY office, is struggling to put together Rs 90,000 for booking her home under the scheme. She has been allotted a unit in the Kharadi project.

But staring at the November 23 deadline, she bemoaned, “I was working on a contract basis and lost my job last December. Subsequently, my husband, who worked as an accountant in a private firm, also lost his job. While now I have gained employment again at the same office and will start from next week, we are starved for cash as most of our savings have gone into bridging the interim period on the bench. So garnering the required funds has become difficult. I am trying to take a loan, but the time is just too short.”

For 28-year-old Bharati Admane, another contract clerk of PMC, the timing of the announcement and the one-month window given to make the booking has turned into a challenge. She lost her job with the onset of the outbreak, telling on her savings and now she is unsure she will be able to arrange the amount required in the time given.

“I am trying to withdraw money from my provident fund. But that requires major paper work and the entire process will take 8-10 days. I do not have sufficient money in hand as I could barely save on an income of Rs 11,000 a month. The deadline is just too stiff and I am at a loss how to meet it,” she shared.
Too few takers for PMAY houses in Pune as beneficiaries fight financial distressVishwas More, an auto rickshaw driver from Shivajinagar, managed to land an allotment in the Vadgaon project. But now he is urging the authorities to offer an extension of the timeline for payment to the beneficiaries.

“I have to pay Rs 1.20 lakh. I am struggling to arrange for the amount. I am exploring options of borrowing the money. Auto rickshaws were not plying for so many months, making survival a challenge for us. While we do need the house, arranging the money is such a short time is quite a task. I feel PMC should show some consideration to our situation and extend the payment schedule,” he requested.

The lottery and announcement of beneficiaries coming after months of battling the COVID-19 could not have been more ill-timed for most, who find themselves in financial distress. Further, they are also finding it difficult to access loans under the circumstances.

But PMC officials are unrelenting about the set deadline. The only allowance they’ve offered to make is keep their offices open through Saturday and Sunday. “Those who pay the sum will get the provisional allotment letter. The claims of beneficiaries who do not complete the process will be cancelled. Many citizens on the waiting list have been calling our offices. So if the process is not completed by November 23, those houses will be allotted to the ones waitlisted,” declared Rubal Agarwal, PMC’s additional commissioner.



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Pune civic body to sell 1,200 civic flats to tenants – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Tenants of around 1,200 municipal flats will soon get their ownership, with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) deciding to sell these houses to their present occupiers. The civic body is expected to generate Rs200 crore in revenue from the move.

According to PMC officials, these flats have been allotted to the citizens who lost their properties in projects like road expansions and construction of civic amenities.

“An option is being explored to give the flats to these tenants. Most of the properties are small flats like 1RK or 1 BHK. Cost of flats will be decided based on the location and size of the units. Price may be charged as per ready reckoner rates,” Hemant Rasane, chairman of PMC’s standing committee, said.

“Many tenants have not paid their rents for years altogether. But PMC is left with no option but to provide them services,” a senior PMC official said.

The PMC gets flats in housing complexes of over 1,000sqm as a part of the reservation policy. Mostly, these flats are given to urban poor and project-affected people. They are offered on 30 years’ rent. PMC data shows around 4,200 flats are available with PMC via this policy, of which 1200 are occupied right now.



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Residents in Pune against handing amenity spaces to builders – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Resident associations from across the city are readying to fight the civic body’s proposal to lease amenity space to private builders for development. At least eight resident associations submitted protest letters in this regard to municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar this week.

Citizens for Area Sabha, a citizen’s body, has also started an online petition addressed to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray against the proposal to handover more than 116 amenity spaces for private development. The petition has already received over 3,500 signatures.

Nitin Memane, president of Kharadi Residents Association, said objections from citizens’ forums of Kharadi, Baner, Pashan, Wanowrie, Sopanbaug and others, were handed to the Pune municipal commissioner on Monday. “Some of us later met the commissioner but he was only trying to counter our objections and asked why we were against the proposal. We have clarified that we do not want any sale or lease of the amenity land to private parties and want the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to develop the amenities,” Memane explained.

Vaishali Patkar, from Citizens for Area Sabha, said, “Based on media reports and the response to an Right To Information application we filed, we found out that over 116 amenity spaces in different parts of the city have been shortlisted for the proposal. We want to know who initiated this proposal to sell such prime real estate, why were citizens not included in the decision making and why PMC has not developed reservations as per the Development Plan (DP). We are compiling all the information we have collected to make a document to prevent handing over of the land to builders.”

Speaking on the issue, head of PMC’s estate department Rajendra Muthe stated that the proposal is at a nascent stage. “We have only mooted the idea now. We also want to make it clear that the said amenity spaces will be developed as per reservations for the land in the DP. If the DP states a garden or school must be developed at a particular space, it will be developed but with private partnership. The land will not be used to construct residential or commercial complexes,” Muthe clarified.



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