24,000 Affordable Housing files stuck with State for Nearly a Year
24,000 Affordable Housing units can come up in the city along with nearly 35,000 flats under Affordable Housing Scheme which are currently under construction in Gurgaon. If the Government expedites the approval for pending licences, then it can address the housing needs for low and middle income groups.
As many as 30 licence applications for affordable housing on around 165 acres of land in Gurgaon are currently pending with the state for nearly a year now, despite the government’s focus on the segment. Affordable housing got a boost earlier this year, with the Union government giving the segment the ‘infrastructure’ status in the budget.
Haryana government had come up with the Affordable Group Housing Policy in 2013 under which 300 acres of land was reserved for the same in Gurgaon. Last year, the state government even increased the land limit to 500 acres though no notification has been issued till date.
Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has so far issued 41 licences for affordable housing on 234 acres of land in the city’s new sectors 58 to 115 being developed along Southern Peripheral Road and the Dwarka expressway.
According to the president of NAREDCO, there should not be a cap on 300 or 500 acres for affordable housing, if anyone has land and want to construct affordable housing units, they should be allowed. It will be difficult to achieve the dream of Housing for All with such limitations.
Affordable housing is the need of the hour. The most important factor that has provided a fillip to affordable housing is granting of infrastructure status. The state government should expedite the licence approval process and end the upper limit for affordable housing.
Along with Gurgaon, places like Bhiwadi are emerging as affordable housing hotspots. Proximity to Gurgaon and Indira Gandhi International Airport makes Bhiwadi a well-connected hub of commercial and industrial activity, leading to the demand for affordable housing.
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