Civic body wants grazing land for two PMAY housing schemes

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Rajendra Raut said, “Under PMAY, we have received 1,23,288 applications from people from EWS category. After scrutiny, only 20,000 people are eligible for PMAY."

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched two housing schemes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Pune city. Under this project, 6,000 homes will be provided to people from the Economic Weaker Section (EWS). The corporation will start construction of PMAY houses in Hadapsar and Wadgaon (Budruk) area. For the same, the corporation has demanded Gairan land (grazing land) from the State government for construction of houses under PMAY in 11 newly merged villages.

The corporation has floated a tender for construction of two housing projects under PMAY in Hadapsar and Wadgaon (Budruk) area and the work will start in coming few days.

In these two projects, 6,000 One Room Kitchen (1RK) houses of 30 square metre area each will be given to people from the EWS.

On Tuesday, Rajendra Raut, Superintendent Engineer of Building Permission and Development Department, said, “Under PMAY, we have received 1,23,288 applications from people from EWS category. After scrutiny, only 20,000 people are eligible for PMAY. Out of that, the corporation has started the housing scheme in Hadapsar and Wadgaon (Budruk) area and it will take two years to complete the project. In this project, we will give 6,000 houses to the applicants.”

He further said, “Price of the houses will be fixed by the State government as per construction rates. It will be around Rs 10 lakh. State and Central governments will combined give Rs 2.50 lakh of subsidy to buy the homes. Applicants should raise the remaining amount through nationalised banks at minimum interest rates, which have been fixed by the Central government.”

“Also, the corporation has demanded Gairan land from State government for construction of homes for PMAY. All the land is located in newly merged villages. Besides that, the corporation is also checking options of public-private partnership for PMAY,“ he said.

The progress of such individual houses should be tracked through geotagged photographs so that each house can be monitored effectively. States have to develop a system for tracking the progress of such houses through geotagged photographs. 

VALIDATION OF GRAZING LAND
In December 2016, the State government cabinet approved a legislation for validating transactions or transfer of grazing land (Gairan) across the State for different State, Central government authorities for the development of projects. 

However, the government has put conditions while transfer or transactions of Gairan land to private developers. They will have to give the same area of land elsewhere in the village to use as grazing land.

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