Rajasthan: PGs complying policy norms can come under guest house scheme – ET RealEstate

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JAIPUR: The guest house policy for urban areas cleared by state Cabinet on Wednesday allows existing paying guest houses offering between six and 20 rooms to be covered under the policy. But the policy has stipulated that the residential plot should be located on a road having 30 feet width and the size should be 167 square metre or more.

Despite their location being in residential areas, they are likely to pay commercial rates for water and electricity consumption even though the policy does not mention about it, said an official in the tourist department.

As per the policy, the guest house units need to possess fire safety and FSSAI licenses and have to submit building plan of the residence prepared by an architect.

In the 20 rooms, excluding the three rooms where the family can stay for the look after the guests, not more than 40 beds would be allowed. The size of each room needs to be 120 square feet or above.

The guest houses will be classified under two categories – A and B – factoring in facilities like AC, western toilets, refrigerator and branding etc. The registration fees will be Rs 5,000, and Rs 3,000 for categories A and B, respectively.

The policy was introduced in compliance to the provision in Tourism Policy, 2020. The PG scheme up to five rooms in residential houses is already in place in the state. But at several occasions, the stakeholders have raised the issue of non-viability to run PG houses up to five rooms professionally as they have to pay electricity, water and other charges on commercial rates. Moreover, many PG houses after obtaining approval from tourism department add more rooms to make it viable but do not disclose the same.

The guest house scheme will allow the residential house owners or lessee to offer professional services and also ensure that the guests stay with an Indian family. Under this scheme a lessee can also run a residential house provided the family of the lessee stays in the premises.

The scheme is aimed at increasing the availability of affordable accommodation, raise the inventory of rooms, provide experience to stay with a family and put to use the huge investment in residential properties.



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Rajasthan ranks second in the progress made under PMAY-Gramin – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: A performance index report 2019-20, which was released on Friday, showed that Rajasthan ranked second among all states in the country, after Uttar Pradesh, in the progress made under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G).

The state scored 85 points compared to Uttar Pradesh’s total score of 91.11. Additional chief secretary (ACS), rural development and panchayati raj department, Rohit Kumar Singh attributed the department’s performance to “strict monitoring and follow-up”.

“A significant progress has been made over the past six months through strict monitoring at the state level. The districts that were lagging were identified and pressure was put on them to perform,” said Singh. Earlier, the state’s ranking hovered around 6th to 4th position in the country.

Jharkhand stood at the third position with 83.5 points and Madhya Pradesh was at the fourth position with 79.6 points. Assam was at the fifth position with 74.6 points. Karnataka was the worst performer among the states with just 17.01 points.

Singh said out of 6.87 lakh houses sanctioned in the first phase, construction of 6.70 lakh houses has been completed, which accounts for 98.31% completion. Out of 6.48 houses sanctioned in the second phase, construction of 4 lakh houses has been completed.

He also informed that of the 13.34 lakh houses sanctioned since the start of the scheme, construction of 10.69 lakh houses has been completed, which accounts for 80.11% completion. Singh had written to all the collectors to complete construction of the remaining houses under PMAY-G by March 31.

Singh had earlier expressed displeasure over slow progress of work by the districts under PMAY-G as only 15.3% (33,334) of its target was met in February.



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Jaipur: Vacant flats for poor to be given on rent – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Flats constructed for the slum dwellers in the city will now be given on rent to others as none of the dwellers have shown any interest in shifting to these houses.

Around 1,968, flats were developed in Jaisinghpura Khor Block A&C for Kacchi Basti dwellers and were asked by the government to give their consent that they are ready to shift in writing.

None of the slum dwellers, however, applied in Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), Heritage, reacting to which now those flats will be given on rent to other companies or individuals. The decision of not applying to the JMC, Heritage for flats will have difficult consequences on slum dwellers as now they have lost the right to be provided an accommodation by the government while authorities can remove them from the land whenever they want.

A senior official of JMC, Heritage, on condition of anonymity said, “Slum dwellers were given time and they didn’t submit their consent and now they have lost the right to get accommodation. The land they are currently residing will be considered as encroachment. Proceedings are on and in a recent meeting at RUDISCO, it has been decided that all the vacant properties constructed under various schemes in the state will now be given under Affordable Rental Housing Complex (ARHC) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.”

The decision was taken to make these houses useful for others who are not able to afford houses in the city instead of waiting for others to shift.

The flats at Jaisinghpura Khor were constructed by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), hence it was decided that it will be inviting proposals for rent. Very soon, the file will be sent to make these properties available on rent. According to the minutes of the meeting held in RUDISCO, it was mentioned that of the total 11,772 flats in Rajasthan, 7,095 are unoccupied and 4,677 are under-construction.

Out of 15 cities mentioned in Rajasthan, 5,234 houses are unoccupied in Jaipur, highest in the state. In 324 cities of the country, over 1.19 lakh houses are lying vacant constructed under various schemes for affordable housing for the poor.



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Rajasthan: 3.17 lakh PMAY-Gramin houses not complete – ET RealEstate

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JAIPUR: A rural development department report states that of the 3.17 lakh incomplete houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G), highest number of such houses is in Barmer district at 49,120 followed by Banswara at 33,814 (up to February 1). Jodhpur is at the third position in terms of incomplete houses at 21,837.

Of the 13.33 lakh sanctioned houses under PMAY-G from 2016-17 to 2020-21, construction of 10.15 lakh has been completed, according to the rural development department data.

In all, 79,437 houses are yet to be completed even 12 months after sanctioning of first instalment of the money, 86,424 houses are yet to be completed even after nine months of sanctioning of first instalment of the money and 1.77 lakh houses are yet to be completed even after six months of sanctioning of the first instalment of the money.

Meanwhile in Jaipur, of the 13,454 sanctioned houses under PMAY-G, construction of 11,001 houses has been completed and 2,409 are still incomplete, according to the data.

The additional chief secretary (ACS) of the department Rohit Kumar Singh has directed all the district collectors to complete construction of the remaining 3.17 lakh houses by March 31 at the rate of 4,767 houses per day (as per directions issued on January 15).

Two months after the start of ‘Pura Kaam, Pura Daam’ campaign in the state under MGNREGA, the average wage rate in the districts has gone up to Rs 195, as per the work done in 15 different activities selected by the rural development department.

According to an official in the department, the average wage rate had increased from Rs 169 to Rs 193 in the first fortnight of the campaign. In the third fortnight, the campaign was run involving 30 different activities and in the fourth fortnight all activities under the scheme will be involved.



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