Noida & Greater Noida Authority Fail To Allocate Land For Urban Poor
Notwithstanding the directions of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), the Greater Noida authority has failed to allocate 20%-25% land in each sector for developing housing facilities for those from the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG). These groups mostly comprise domestic help, security staff and industrial workers.
Failure of the authority to develop housing facilities for the EWS and LIG persons has caused an urban mess as domestic help and factory workers are forced to stay in unauthorised localities on Hindon floodplains, government land, urban villages or nearby slums.
The NCRPB, in July 2012, directed the Greater Noida authority to make changes to its Master Plan 2021, a blueprint for urban development. The authority had been directed to ensure that 20% to 25% of the group housing projects are set aside for EWS and LIG persons as against the earlier provision of 5% only.
Since its formation in 1992, the Greater Noida authority has only built around 10,000 EWS/LIG flats for the urban poor. In the same period, it has allowed the construction of around 6 lakh flats for middle-class and high-income groups, officials said.
General Manager (Projects), Greater Noida authority, said, that they have built more than 10,000 flats for the low-income group people. Fifty percent of these flats are yet to be occupied because the low-income group cannot afford a flat that cost from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. They cannot easily take home loans due to non-availability of adequate documents such as income proof, address proof, etc. Authority has also directed the builders to construct flats for weaker sections. However, builders have not built flats for the weaker sections as it is not profitable, officials said.
The Noida authority has built 2,760 units for the economically weaker sections, 4,952 flats for factory workers and 1,010 for the low-income group, which are yet to be allotted. Around 3 lakh people belonging to the EWS live in slums, villages or other illegal settlements in Noida.
Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), which is to acquire land and allow the same for development along the 165 km Yamuna Expressway, is also not bothered to earmark 20%-25% area for the extremely weaker sections.
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