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Maharashtra govt sets up committee to carry out impact analysis of increasing slum tenement size

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The Times of India         10.01.2018

Maharashtra govt sets up committee to carry out impact analysis of increasing slum tenement size

MUMBAI: The state government has set up a committee to carry out an Impact Analysis if it decides to increase the size of the free tenement under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme from the present 29 sq metres (269 sq feet) to 30 sq metres (323 sq feet).

The committee comprising the chief executive officer, SRA, additional municipal commissioner, BMC, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA and the deputy director (Planning) SRA as member secretary will ascertain its impact on ongoing SRA schemes, sanctioned schemes and future schemes.

Under the Housing for All scheme of the central government, families from low income group are entitled to 323 sq feet tenements. In Maharashtra the government has decided to use additional housing stock that is generated from an SRS for the affordable housing scheme. There has been a demand for bringing the slum rehab tenement on par with the low income houses. The state government has agreed in-principle to increase the tenement size.

Sources said this would impact the floor space index that would need to be made available for the scheme to be viable and impact the civic infrastructure. The committee will submit its report within three months.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:50

DDA to guide, show flats to prospective buyers

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The Hindu         17.07.2017  

DDA to guide, show flats to prospective buyers

Agency has deputed representatives at various project sites to inform visitors about facilities on offer

Seeking to facilitate visits by prospective buyers to the flats that are on offer in the new housing scheme, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has deputed dedicated representatives at various project sites to guide visitors.

The DDA 2017 housing scheme, which was rolled out on June 30 by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, offers 12,000 flats across four income categories: High Income Group (HIG), Middle Income Group (MIG), Low Income Group (LIG)/one-bedroom, and Janta flats.

Spread across the city

The flats are spread across Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj, Jasola, Pitampura, Paschim Vihar and Siraspur.

“Prospective buyers can visit the flats. They can come and have a look at the facilities. And to facilitate their visits, we have deputed representatives at various flat sites, who will guide people interested in applying for the scheme,” a senior DDA official said.

Of the 12,000 flats, around 10,000 unoccupied flats are from the 2014 scheme, while 2,000 flats have been lying vacant.

The DDA’s move is apparently to make people comfortable about the features of the flats and the facilities being offered.

The draw of lots is slated to be conducted in the first week of November and it will be streamed online.

August 11 last day to apply

The last date for submitting applications is August 11.

The price of flats range from Rs. 7 lakh to over Rs. 1.26 crore.

For the LIG category, the registration fee is Rs. 1 lakh. For MIG and HIG flats, Rs. 2 lakh will be charged.

“People are free to visit the areas where the flats are being offered. We have also removed the lock-in period clause, as we realised this was also a factor in buyers surrendering flats. This is also to keep a check on those elements who do market speculation,” the official said.

The application form costing Rs. 200 can be purchased from various partnering banks or Vikas Sadan.


Pay heavy fine for returning DDA flats

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The Times of India      22.05.2017

Pay heavy fine for returning DDA flats

| | May 22, 2017, 09.17 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to levy a penalty, ranging from 25-100% of the earnest money, to ensure only serious buyers apply for its new housing scheme that is likely to be announced in mid-June.

Officials said the step was being taken to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2014 when 50% of the flats were returned by allottees. However, resident welfare associations are not happy with the land-owning agency's decision.

To apply for the housing scheme in which DDA will put up 13,500 flats on sale, people will have to pay Rs 1 lakh for LIG and Rs 2 lakh for MIG/HIG flats as earnest money. No penalty will be levied on the earnest money if an applicant withdraws before the date of the draw of lots. "But they will have to forfeit 25% of the amount if they surrender the flats within 90 days after the draw of lots," said J P Aggarwal, principal commissioner, land disposal and housing, DDA. If a person surrenders within three months of issue of the demand letter, then he/she will lose 50% of the earnest money. "After this, there would be no exemption. If a person fails to pay the money for the flat allotted to him/her, the entire earnest money will be forfeited," said Aggarwal.

In an attempt to attract serious buyers, DDA had decided to increase the earnest money for MIG and HIG flats to Rs 5 lakh. But it was reduced to Rs 2 lakh following protests by residents.
Resident welfare associations are opposing the penalty clause. Last year, Delhi Residents' Welfare Associations Joint Front, an umbrella body of RWAs under the Bhagidari scheme, had written to then LG Najeeb Jung in this regard. "This is not a valid clause. If a person has a legitimate reason, then why should he be made to pay a penalty?" said Pankaj Agarwal, general secretary of the organisation.

S B Singh, a member of Lajpat Nagar III RWA, said that DDA doesn't allow people to give floor-wise preference. "If an old couple is allotted a third floor in a building that doesn't have a lift, then why should they be made to pay a penalty when they don't want the flat? DDA only allows people to give preference for the location," said Singh.

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Explaining the reason behind this move, DDA officials said it is to discourage people who are not serious about buying the flats. "Our flats are much cheaper than market rates. We have given people the option to go and see the location of the project/flats before applying. This is just to ensure serious buyers apply," said a DDA official.

Of the 25,000 flats which were put up for sale in the 2014 housing scheme, 13,000 plus were returned by allottees citing reasons like small size of bedrooms and lack of infrastructure at the location, among others.
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