HUDA Found No Takers, Housing For Poor Hardly Reaching The Poor
The benefits of government housing policies do not seem to be reaching those who need it the most. HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority) has not found any takers for its low-cost Ashiana flats, constructed for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), and despite developers having to reserve 20% of plotted colonies or units of a group housing society for EWS, there is little transparency about who gets the benefit.
An estimated 2 lakh labourers live in the city. No official figures are available. MCG commissioner said HUDA’s Ashiana scheme under which nearly 12,000 small flats would be provided to people belonging to the EWS category. The allotment is in the final stages, he added.
A few months ago, MCG promised 34,400 houses across the district under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). A detailed project report (DPR) for the houses to be built by multiple government agencies, including HUDA, MCG, HSIIDSC, on behalf of the central government was prepared. These houses are to be provided under various methods, including Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), in situ slum rehabilitation and affordable housing in partnership (AHP).
An applicant for the scheme, a resident of a slum in Sikanderpur, showed a form he had bought for Rs 200 and later laminated, saying he had not heard back on whether he would get a house. I was told it will be in the papers but I don’t know how to read. He says nearly 500 people from his slum filled up the form and paid the application money to a tout but six months later, they were still waiting for a response.
Sources in the town and country planning department within said no one keeps track of who benefits from the mandatory EWS quota in colonies and privately built housing. In some projects, the cost of EWS apartments is quite high, making them unaffordable for the poor. People buy these houses and rent them out. There is no enforcement to check the same. In some cases, people furnish false income certificates or buy a house in the name of relatives and sell it off after 5 years after which it is in the open market, said a senior official.
Ashiana project, a part of HUDA Integrated Housing and Slum Dwellers Programme (IHSDP), had been approved and launched in October 2009 to provide hygienic living spaces equipped with basic amenities to slum dwellers. HUDA constructed nearly 9,990 low-cost units in Haryana’s urban areas, including Gurugram and Faridabad. HUDA has, from time to time, invited applications for allotment of the 1,088 flats at a prime location in Gurugram’s Sector 47. But till date, not a single flat has been allotted. A report submitted in the state assembly in 2015 mentioned that 204 applications for the houses were received but no one was found to be eligible under the scheme.
The houses are meant for slum dwellers, people who have encroached upon government land and have been staying there for more than five years, people with BPL card and people from EWS category.
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