Special Policy For Affordable Housing, Rental Housing Soon: Punjab
Punjab Government is all set to prepare a special policy for Affordable Colonies in next two months based on small size plots and housing at reasonable rates so as to provide house to all with basic amenities in urban areas. For the benefit of scores of students and elderly seeking affordable rental accommodation in the state, Punjab government is working on twin policies of affordable housing site and rental accommodations across the state.
As part of the concept for affordable housing, the thrust will be on making smaller plots beginning with 100 square feet available to general public. Several landmark initiatives being taken and implemented by the Housing and Urban Development Department since April 2017, the vision of the department was to ensure availability of affordable housing and required urban spaces for commerce and industry etc. to all the citizens of the State.
Apart from the state’s own area development authorities, private developers will also be given special incentives to expedite such projects.
The development authorities will provide water supply, smart water meters, promotion of solar power, use of tertiary treated water, rain water harvesting and green cover will be ensured.
The special policy is under consideration and will be finalised before March 31. In case of affordable rental housing, the state government’s role would be to come up with an enabling policy which can then be taken forward by the private developers. The other policy will focus on providing house to all with basic amenities in urban areas.
All the Master Plans in the State will be made online and e-CLU will be started in all these Master Plans. In addition, e-approval for licenses for development of colonies will be started this year. Online Building Plan approval will also be undertaken in the year 2018.
Punjab Shehri Awas Yojana 2017 under which applications were received in all towns in the State, which would be verified and final list be prepared in the next 3 months thereafter construction of houses and grant of benefits will start in 2018, which would be launched by Chief Minister on Republic Day.
The comprehensive special policy for regularization of illegal colonies is under consideration of the government and will be finalized within next 2 months. This will ensure that those citizens who have taken plots in such colonies are able to witness basic services.
Development Authorities will speed up efforts to provide quality, affordable housing and commercial sites all over the state. 24×7 water supply, smart water meters, promotion of Solar power, use of Tertiary treated water, rain water harvesting and green cover will be ensured.
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