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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EWS housing scheme hits displacement stir hurdle in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: After over a month of Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation online for the Light House Project, a centrally sponsored housing scheme for the economically weaker section (EWS) in Jagarnathpur area here, residents have opposed it fearing large-scale displacement.

On January 1 this year, Modi laid the foundation for construction of nearly 1,000 houses on about seven acres of land with an estimated budget of Rs 133.99 crore. The state urban development department has zeroed in on the 3-acre Mitra Mandal ground spread in Jagarnathpur here to begin the first phase work of the scheme.

However, the administration could not start the work after protests by the locals who are agitating under the banner of Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti (BBSS). On Thursday, the Ranchi Municipal Corporation had scheduled a meeting to pacify them but it was cancelled after the residents did not turn up.

Ranchi mayor Asha Lakra said efforts are on to pacify protesters. “The protesters are ignorant about the benefits of this project. Today, we had scheduled the talks with the locals but we had cancelled them as most had gone for work and none turned up. We will try to re-schedule it on a Sunday or some other holiday. We are sure of solving any issue through talks,” she said.

Mintu Paswan, the convener of BBSS, which represents 26 localities in and around Jagarnathpur, said they have appealed to the state government to shift the project to another vacant site saying that the earmarked site is the only playing ground for their children.

Talking to TOI, Paswan said there are several concerns among the residents after the announcement of the project. “First, the earmarked site has historical significance as international football matches were held here earlier. Moreover, this is the only open ground in the area for playing and other cultural activities. A highrise will end that.”

He further said, “None of the officials took us into confidence before selecting this site and we came to know of it only when the foundation stone was laid. Besides, the site is only of three acres and the project is proposed on seven acres. It meant the localities around the area will be acquired and several families will be displaced in future. We will not allow that to happen.”

Paswan added, “Most importantly, the government is claiming that the houses are meant for the EWS, but the price of each unit is quite high and none of us who live in the localities nearby will be able to afford it.”

According to the provisions in the project, the Centre will invest Rs 5.5 lakh per unit, which has about 350 sqft area, while the state’s government’s share is Rs 1 lakh. Each selected beneficiary will have the bear the remaining price amount of Rs 6.79 lakh.

According to Paswan, the majority of the two lakh residents of the 26 localities would not be able to afford the amount and said, “Most of us are casual workers who have a hand-to-mouth existence. The houses are definitely not meant for us, so for whom are these houses coming up? We are not against the project but we are against acquiring of the village land and future displacements. The government should consider our genuine demands.”



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Jharia fire zone residents refuse to relocate to new flats – ET RealEstate

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SINDRI: Land title holders living in the fire zones of the Jharia coalfield on Saturday refused to move to the new flats being constructed under the Jharia Rehabilitation Scheme in the Belgaria township and demanded that the district as well as the BCCL administration provides them with plots of land, cost of building houses and a compensation package.

The title holders made their decision known to the authorities concerned during the direct-communication meeting with the Dhanbad district administration at the Dhanbad town hall. Dhanbad DC Uma Shankar Singh and BCCL CMD Gopal Singh along with senior district administration officials were present at the meeting. The district administration had divided the entire fire-area into 12 zones and invited 10-12 land title holders from all the zones to place their views on the rehabilitation proposal.

Addressing the meeting, DC Uma Shankar Singh said, “The district administration wants to prepare a concrete rehabilitation proposal keeping the safety, security and facilities of the common people in mind for which public participation is a must. The suggestions of the land title holders will be sent to the central government for incorporation in the rehabilitation proposal.”

BCCL CMD Gopal Singh said that the PSU and the public were both getting affected adversely by the delay in finalization of the rehabilitation proposal and called upon the beneficiaries to have faith on the BCCL management and cooperate with the plan.

However, the land title holders from different localities rejected the appeal. They also demanded stopping of the mining activities in areas from where displacement is taking place till finalization of rehabilitation proposal, saying heavy blasting and pollution have made their life miserable.

The beneficiaries said the new rehabilitation areas should have ample employment and self-employment opportunities.

Charging the BCCL management with patronizing anti-social elements among the outsourcing companies, the land title holders claimed that despite the provision for 20% employment to landowners, they were not provided jobs. Similarly, residents of the Jharia township demanded that the district administration allows land revenue deposits till finalization of rehabilitation proposal.



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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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