Vadodara civic body to spend Rs 56 lakh to fix leakages in BSUP houses – ET RealEstate

VADODARA: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) will have to cough up more than Rs 56lakh due to substandard work done in housing schemes. The civic body will have to redo waterproofing in the roofs of two schemes of housing blocks it constructed in 2012.

The civic body’s proposal has sought a nod to spend Rs 33.19lakh on BBCC work at the Jambuva site and Rs 23.46lakh on a similar project in Tarsali.

Sources said that the condition of some other schemes is similar and will have to be taken care of at some stage.

The houses were constructed as part of the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. Apart from several other schemes, 928 houses were constructed in Jambuva and 656 in Tarsali in multi-storeyed buildings.

The schemes have Indian Patent Stone (IPS) flooring on roofs and the VMC is now looking to provide them with Brickbat Cement Concrete (BBCC) flooring for better waterproofing.

While the civic body has brought a proposal for the work before the standing committee stating that the work was old and worn out due to ageing, people have been complaining of dampness and seepage since years now.

Within a couple of years of people shifting into their new houses, complaints of seepage as well as other issues related to poor quality of work started surfacing.

The VMC itself was concerned over the quality of the houses after lumps fell from such a dwelling in Kishanwadi.

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Vadodara: Rent cheques given to Sanjaynagar oustees bounce – ET RealEstate

VADODARA: Relief over the receipt of cheques towards rent proved to be short-lived for many beneficiaries of the Sanjaynagar housing scheme. The cheques for rent given by the developer of the housing scheme bounced for the want of funds sparking a major controversy.

Recently, the beneficiaries of the project have alleged that one of the partners in the project had parted ways with the joint venture. However, they argue that this has not been brought on paper to avoid complications. “The partner has quit over a year back,” said Seema Rathod an activist and a resident of the area.

Rathod added that rent of about five months was pending to the beneficiaries and the process to disburse this began in June after an agitation. She added that 131 of the cheques issued by the developer bounced. “This came to light after Rakshabandhan. There are 30 beneficiaries who are yet to get rent as they were left out because the process of distribution of cheques was stopped early,” said Rathod.

Families ousted from Sanjaynagar in Warasiya were to be given houses in a housing scheme at the same site coming up as a public-private partnership under the Pradhan Mantri Aavas Yojana (PMAY). The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) demolished 1,841 dwellings at the site in July 2017 and those who lost their homes were to be paid a rent of Rs 2,000 per month.

As many as 2,637 houses will be constructed at the site for urban poor. The settlement was notified as a slum by the committee formed under the PMAY and tendering was done. After the demolition, the developer, who had bagged the contract, started paying rent to the beneficiaries whose houses were razed.

However, a major row was raked up regarding the change of stakes of partners in the joint venture (JV) that had taken up the project. The lead partner at the time of bidding reduced his stake from 51% to 15% even as the stake of others rose to 85% from a minority stake of 49%. Also, there were issues regarding land owned by the state government for an agriculture training centre for beggars and it was not transferred to the VMC for a long time after the razing drive.

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